Sound trademarks with the Thai Department of Intellectual Property.

From September 1, 2017, owners can file sound trademarks with the Thai Department of Intellectual Property.

To apply to register a sound trademark, applicants must submit:

  • a detailed written description of the sound and must specify the category of sound eg a human sound, an animal sound, a piece of music/melody, or other type of sounds; and
  • an audio recording of the mark in a digital file format, such as MP3, saved on a USB flash drive, with a maximum length of 30 seconds.

Applicants may also submit musical notations or a spectrogram of their sound as part of their application if they choose.

 

The above is in addition to the usual information such as the class of goods and services that it is provided for.

 

To be eligible for registration, the usual test for trademarks applies, ie. sound trademarks must not directly represent a product’s properties, or be sounds naturally made by the product or made as part of the product’s usage or operation.  For example, the cluck of a chicken cannot be registered as a sound trademark for egg or chicken products.