Monday, April 06, 2009

Thailand Biotech Patent: Status and Opportunity

Inventions in biotechnology are protected under the Thai patent regime which adheres to international standards. The system provides opportunities for inventors and industries to seek protection for various kinds of biotechnological inventions, ranging from novel biotechnology products to processes. Patents for marker genes, diagnostic kits and pharmaceutical products have been issued over the past decade.

Realizing the importance of protecting intellectual property, Thailand aims to boost the number of patents especially in strategic technology areas. The National Biotechnology Policy Framework (2004 - 2009) specifies that in 2009 there will be at least a 200 percent increase in the number of patents registered in the biotechnology area. Under the agricultural biotechnology category, these patents include those related to fertilizer, plant improvement, animal improvement and bio-control products.

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