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