The novel Rules is to enhance the efficiency and fairness of the Court's procedures.
The Central Intellectual Property and the International Trade Court (‘the IP&IT Court’ or ‘the Court’) has recently announced the forthcoming implementation of the new Rules for Intellectual Property and International Trade Cases B.E. 2566 (‘the Rules’). The IP&IT Court expects to run another final meeting to discuss the Rules and subsequently publish the Rules in the Royal Gazette to take effect in the coming months. The Rules will replace the previous regulation established circa 1997. The purpose of the novel Rules is to enhance the efficiency and fairness of the Court's procedures, streamlining them to better exploit technology.
While there have been several amendments, the key changes are as follows:
- The IP&IT Court may order a case to proceed as per agreement reached by the parties or in a manner deemed appropriate by the Court.
This new rule will give the Court the flexibility to run the court procedures as the parties prefer and/or the Court sees fit—provided that such procedure is not opposed by any party and does not contradict morality and public policy. The previous rules stipulated that the parties had a right to file a petition requesting the Court to proceed with the trial according to their agreement but did not provide the Court with the authority to suggest alternative trial methods. This implementation allows the Court to propose a more convenient and expeditious approach to advancing the case. Read more