Innovations and technologies are becoming increasingly important as drivers of national industrial economies. Thailand is ranked 52 out of 128 countries in the Global Innovation Index. Influential factors that will promote and enhance innovative research and development in Thailand include the establishment of legal intellectual property (IP) protection. Currently, researchers take IP protection for granted and many of them neglect to apply for patent mapping before starting projects.
Furthermore, research topics do not relate to market demand and, as a result, have little commercial benefit. SMEs, entrepreneurs and startups also have reduced access to grants for research. Some attempts have been made to resolve these limitations and obstacles by various stakeholders including the Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce.
Increased awareness regarding the economic concepts of intellectual properties requires comprehensive management strategies to utilize IP from public and private sectors, and Thai and international academics. This is particularly important for patents, industrial designs and trade secrets.
The Knowledge Network Institute of Thailand in cooperation with the Thailand Research Fund and Axis Associates International Co., Ltd. hosted a Seminar and Workshop on “Intellectual Property (IP) for Thailand 4.0” during 7-8 August 2017 at the Century Park Hotel, Rachaprarop Road, Bangkok. Participants at the conference as academics and principles of research institutes, exchanged knowledge and opinions to assess the prospects of funding from public and private sectors for interested researchers.
Source of References:
Thailand Research Fund. (2018). Intellectual Property for Thailand 4.0, Century Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 7-8 August 2017.