Bangkok, Thailand now has an increasing number of trade fairs in which participants from several industries like tech, automotive, medical, creative, design and even the furniture industries come to showcase their business and their respective products and services to foreign investors to give them the opportunity to create business partnerships and even acquire customers. One caveat with trade fairs though is when you showcase your innovative product or service to other businesses, you run the risk of having it stolen or copied by other participants.
The way other businesses might not straight up copy what innovative product or service you have but, they might get an idea, and reverse engineer your whole idea, or pick some part of it to use for their own products and services. The good news is though, that there are ways for you to protect your intellectual property, so you don’t worry from other companies trying to steal your innovative ideas before you enter a trade fair.
You can use signs and symbols to announce to the public in appropriate areas your corresponding ownership of the intellectual property.
If you have noticed and confirmed an infringement performed in the trade fair, below are the following steps you should follow in order to properly process the enforcement against the infringement.
1) Send Them a Notice
You may send the infringer a letter that informs them about your intellectual property, and the potential that they might have been infringing on it.
2) Send a Cease and Desist Letter
This is a more aggressive letter compared to just notice, this usually triggers legal actions against the infringer.
These are physical searches of the infringer’s things, and usually done without the infringer’s presence, and are done to catch them by surprise.
This is done to assure that the infringer is not taking the counterfeit goods from a bigger supplier which is definitely a bigger issue.
5) Take Legal Action
This seldom happens, and they are usually just a last resort when anything else fails.
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