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News article15 November 20211 min read

Recovering a Trademark after a Bad-Faith Registration: Recent Decision Offers Hope to Legitimate Brand Owners

A frequent problem with first-to-file trademark systems is that bad-faith applicants may be able to file and obtain a registration prior to the legitimate owner seeking to file their own application. In such a case, the existing trademark registration enables the bad-faith trademark owner to use the mark in the country and produce and sell products there without being deemed a counterfeiter. This “legal fakes” situation bars the legitimate brand owner from commercializing their highly desired products in the country. However, a recent court decision in Thailand affirms that there is solution for this problem.



Publication date
15 November 2021