The Royal Thai Government stresses that the Royal Thai Police and the NBTC must streamline the operation for suppression of online infringements of copyright and other IP rights; and reduce the process to 1 – 2 days.

Following the government policy, as prompted by the lead of the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, as the Chairman of  the National Intellectual Property Policy Committee together with the Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, as the Chairman of the Suppression of Intellectual Property Rights Infringement Sub-Committee, the Royal Thai Police (RTP) and the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) have been charged with a cooperative mission to suppress and prevent the proliferation of counterfeit products and online piracy. This follows a number of expressions of serious concern from international allies such as the US, Japan, and others whose domestic companies’ IP rights are being infringed in the form of counterfeit handbags, clothes, makeup, electronic devices, and digital piracy.
Pol.Gen. Chakthip Chaijinda, the Commission-General of the Royal Thai Police and Takorn Tantasith, the Secretary-General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC Secretary-General) together held a press conference revealing details of the cooperative mission, which has been commissioned by the government, between the two agencies to simplify IP infringement suppression operation which previously took more than 6 months to 1 – 2 days.
Mr. Takorn Tantasith, the NBTC Secretary-General explained that the resulting more streamlined IP infringement suppression procedure came after a number of conferences held between the two agencies. Previously, once the RTP had received a formal complaint for an IP rights owner, NBTC cannot respond immediately. According to the previous procedure, the injured person must first file a plaint to the Court and file a motion for a Court Order to take down websites which contain IP rights infringing contents as well as arrest the alleged offender. Such procedure took more than 6 months to complete, resulting in damages that are far-reaching for IP rights owners. Examples of online infringements include counterfeit handbags or personal beauty care products from American, European, or Japanese brand names being sold online via channels such as Facebook, Instagram, or Line. Moreover, popular films and TV series from the US, South Korea, Japan, and other countries were also copied and distributed freely through online media. The government therefore commissioned the RTP and the Office of the NBTC to set up a sub-committee taskforce to resolve the plight as soon as possible.
Mr. Takorn revealed further that through a number of meetings, the sub-committee came to the conclusion on how best to simplify the process for suppression of online IP infringement in order to achieve swift result and contain damages. The resulting procedure will take only 1 – 2 days, as follows:
1. RTP has set up the Thailand’s Action Taskforce for Information Technology Crime Suppression (TACTICS).
2. Once an act of infringement of intellectual property rights has been committed and discovered, the owner of the right being infringed, as the injured person, must make a formal complaint to TACTICS. The injured person may make the formal complaint in person themselves, or the injured person may appoint another to act on their behalf via a Power of Attorney.
3. Once the RTP has accepted the formal complaint, the RTP will notify the Office of the NBTC to implement the next step.
4. Office of the NBTC will notify and pass on the complaint to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to block access to IP-infringing websites or URLs.
5. The RTP and the Office of the NBTC will continue to closely monitor and implement proceedings against offenders, who may have infringed IP rights such as copyright, rights in registered and unregistered trademarks, as well as rights in patents.
“The RTP and the Office of the NBTC believe that with the new procedure, the steps needed to be taken will be streamlined and the time needed will reduce from 6 months to 1 – 2 days in order to block access to IP-infringing websites. Such implemented changes will increase the trust in Thailand’s system for IP protection and to project Thailand’s resolute emphasis on the suppression of IP crimes being committed online which will diminish the number of IP infringements being committed online,” Mr. Takorn stated.
 

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