Thailand has continued to further its rapid development of the past decade when, on September 24, 2009, Thailand acceded to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). Joining this treaty creates a direct and convenient route for foreign applicants to file patent applications in Thailand. Thailand Joins 142 other countries in this treaty.

Thailand’s joining this treaty sends a strong message supporting innovation. Soon, the country’s market will be a more attractive and global system to attract investors who will want to protect their investments with patents.  Thailand will likely attract more foreign patent applications, which will result in more innovation, and greater exposure to new technologies.
The PCT allows applicants to file an international application which will face preliminary examination, streamlining and simplifying international patent filing. Applicants then elect what countries they would like to file their patents in.