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CHAPTER IV TRADEMARK BOARD
Section 95(1) There shall be a committee called the Trademark Board composed of the Director-General of the Department of Intellectual Property as chairman, the Secretary General of the Juridical Council or his representative, the Attorney-General or his representative and no fewer than eight nor more than twelve other qualified persons in the fields of law or commerce with the experience in intellectual property or trademarks appointed by the Council of Ministers as members.
The qualified person members under the first paragraph, at least one third of such members shall be appointed from members of the private sector.
The Board may appoint any person to be secretary or assistant secretary.
Section 96(2) The Board shall have the following powers and duties:-
(1) to decide appeals against orders or decisions of the Registrar under this Act;
(2) to consider and order on the petition for cancellation of trademarks, service marks, certification marks, collective marks or trademark license agreements under this Act;
(3) to advise and counsel the Minister on the issue of Ministerial Regulations and notifications under this Act;
(4) to consider other matters assigned by the Minister.
Section 97 Members of the Board appointed by the Council of Ministers shall serve for a term of four years.
The term for interim appointees, whether appointed as additional members or replacement members, shall be for the unexpired term of the previously appointed members.
A member whose term has expired may be reappointed.
Section 98 Apart from vacating office at the expiration of their term under Section 97, members of the Board appointed by the Council of Ministers shall vacate office upon:-
(3) dismissal by the Council of Ministers,
(4) being adjudged bankrupt,
(5) being adjudged incompetent or quasi-incompetent,
(6) imprisonment under a final sentence of imprisonment unless for an offence of negligence or a petty offence.
Section 99(1) A quorum for meetings of the Board shall consist of at least one-half of the total number of members.
If the chairman does not attend or is not at the place of meeting, the meeting shall elect one of the members chairman for the meeting.
Decisions of the Board shall be by majority vote, each member having one vote. In case of a tied vote, the chairman of the meeting shall have an additional casting vote.
The member of the Board who has certain interest in a matter under consideration under Section 96 (1) or (2) shall not attend the meeting on the matter.
Section 99 bis(2) In performing its under Section 96 (1) and (2), the Board may appoint one or more specialized committees to examine appeals against orders or decisions of the Registrar under this Act. When the examination has been completed, the committee shall submit a report to the Board for issuing an order or rendering a decision.
The provisions of Section 99 shall apply to the meeting of specialized committees mutatis mutandis.
Section 100 The Board may appoint sub-committees to consider or do whatever may be assigned by the Board.
Section 99 shall apply to meetings of sub-committees mutatis mutandis.
Section 101(1) Appeals against orders and decisions of the Registrar and petitions for cancellation of trademarks, service marks, certification marks, collective marks and trademark or service mark license agreements under this Act shall be submitted to the Registrar in the forms prescribed by the Director-General.
The procedure for deciding appeals and petitions for cancellation of trademarks under the first paragraph shall be as prescribed by the Board.
Section 102 In the performance of its duties under this Act, the Board may inquire in writing or summon the Registrar, appellants or other persons concerned to give information, explanations or opinions or to submit relevant documents or other evidence for consideration.
CHAPTER V MISCELLANEOUS
Section 103 Any person shall be entitled, during office hours, to inspect the register of trademarks, service marks, certification marks and collective marks and files thereof, to obtain copies or certified copies of documents and apply for certification by the Registrar of particular of registration on payment of the fees prescribed in the Ministerial Regulations.
Section 104 Summonses, notices and other communications to an applicant, opposer, owner of a registered trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark, licensee or any other person pursuant to this Act shall be sent by registered acknowledgement mail to the office or address given in the application for registration or as registered, as the case may be.
If the delivery by the means set forth in the first paragraph is not possible, service may be made by an officer or by again sending by registered acknowledgement mail. If service is by an officer, if the recipient is not present, the communication may be delivered to any person of legal age who lives or works in the office or at the address or it may posted in a conspicuous place at the office or address of the recipient.
Seven days after delivery by the means set forth in paragraph two have elapsed, the communication shall be deemed to have been received by the addressee.
Section 105 For the purpose of filing cases to the court or legal proceedings concerning trademarks, service marks, certification marks or collective marks under this Act, if the applicant or owner is not domiciled in Thailand, the office or address of the person or his agent given in the application or registration shall be deemed the domicile of such person.
Section 106 In the case where the Registrar petitions the Board to order the cancellation of a trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark or the cancellation of a trademark or service mark license agreement, the Registrar shall be exempt from the payment of fees under this Act.
Section 106 bis(1) In performing his duties under this Act, the Registrar or competent officer shall have the following powers:
(1) To enter the place of business, place of production, place of distribution, place of purchasing and place of storage of any business operator or person, or any place in which he has a reasonable ground for suspecting that a violation of the provisions of this Act is likely to occur, or to enter a vehicle of any person, or order the owner or operator of a vehicle to stop or park to make inspection for the enforcement of this Act or to make a search or seizure of evidence or property forfeitable under this Act, or to arrest in the following circumstances:
(a) where a flagrant offence is being committed in a place or vehicle;
(b) a person having committed a flagrant offence has, while being pursued, taken refuge or there is a serious ground for suspecting that such person is concealing in the place or vehicle;
(c) where there is a reasonable ground for suspecting that evidence or property forfeitable under this Act is kept in the place or vehicle, having a legitimate reason to believe that by reason of the delay in obtaining a warrant of search the evidence or property is likely to be removed, concealed, destroyed or altered from its original conditions;
(d) when a person to be arrested is the owner of the place or vehicle and the arrest is made with a warrant of arrest or can be made without such a warrant.
For such purposes, he shall have the power to inquire or require the business operator, owner or operator of the vehicle or persons concerned to submit books of accounts, registration documents, other documents or evidence, and also order the persons in such a place or vehicle to act or perform as it is necessary.
(2) In cases where there is clear evidence to believe that any provision of this Act is violated, to seize or confiscate goods, vehicle, documents or other evidence in connection with such violation. In such a case, he shall report to the Director-General for his approval within three days and shall comply with the rules and procedures prescribed by the Director-General with the approval of the Council of Ministers.
Section 106 ter(1) In performing the duties under Section 106 bis, the Registrar and competent officer shall produce his identification to the persons concerned.
The identification card under the first paragraph shall be in the form prescribed by the Minister in the Government Gazette.
Section 106 quarter(1) In performing his duties under this Act, the Registrar and competent officer shall be the competent official under the Criminal Code.
CHAPTER VI PENALTIES
Section 107 Any person who makes a false statement to the Registrar or Board in an application, opposition or other document filed concerning an application for registration, amendment of a registration, renewal of a registration or cancellation of the registration of a trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark or a license pertaining to a trademark or service mark shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding ten thousand baht or both.
Section 108 Any person who counterfeits a trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark registered in Thailand by another person shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding four years or a fine of not exceeding four hundred thousand baht or both.
Section 109 Any person who imitates a trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark registered in the Kingdom by another person in order to mislead the public into believing that it is the trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark of such other person shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding two years or a fine of not exceeding two hundred thousand baht or both.
Section 110 Any person who:
(1) imports, distributes, offers for distribution or has in possession for distribution goods bearing a counterfeit trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark under Section 108 or an imitation trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark under Section 109, or
(2) gives or offers a service under a counterfeit service mark, certification mark or collective mark under Section 108 or an imitation service mark, certification mark or collective mark under Section 109, shall be liable to the penalties provided in those Sections.
Section 111 Any person who:
(1) represents as registered in Thailand a trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark which is not so registered,
(2) distributes or has in possession for distribution goods bearing a trademark or certification mark under (1) which he knows to be falsely represented, or
(3) gives or offers a service under a service mark, certification mark or collective mark under (1) which he knows to be falsely represented, shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding one year or fine of not exceeding twenty thousand baht or both.
Section 112 Any person who violates Section 90 shall be liable to a fine not exceeding twenty thousand baht.
Section 112 bis(1) Any person who obstructs the Registrar or Competent officer in the exercise of his functions under Section 106 bis shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding twenty thousand baht or both.
Section 112 ter(2) Any person who fails to provide convenience to the Registrar or competent officer in the exercise of his functions under Section 106 bis shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding one month or a fine not exceeding two thousand baht or both.
Section 113 The penalty for an offence under this Act committed within five years from the date of passing the punishment for another offence under this Act shall be doubled.
Section 114(1) In the event an offender liable under this Act is a juristic person, if the offence is committed by an order, act, failure to give an order or failure to act as required by his duties as a director, manager or any person responsible for the operation of such juristic person, shall also be liable to the penalty prescribed for such offence.
Section 115 All goods which are imported for distribution or had in possession for distribution in violation of this Act shall be confiscated whether or not anyone has been convicted of the offence.
Section 116 If there is clear evidence someone is committing or is about to commit an act under Sections 108, 109 or 110, the owner of the trademark, service mark, certification mark or collective mark may apply to the court to stop or refrain from such act.