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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed related officials to intensify their suppression of counterfeit products in a bid to protect intellectual property and improve the country’s credibility.
Gen Prayut convened with relevant ministers and agencies at the meeting of the National Intellectual Property Policy Committee, with a view to laying down effective ways to address IP infringement. He noted that the problem has been left unsolved for a long time due to a shortage of personnel and ineffective coordination between responsible units; thus improvements must be made.
After attending the meeting, Director-General of the Department of Intellectual Property Nuntawan Sakuntanaga made known that all related agencies were assigned by the premier to pay visits to border markets across the country in order to eradicate counterfeit goods while concurrently promoting residents’ awareness of IP protection. She voiced confidence that the IP violation problem will be alleviated within this administration.
So far, red zones, where special monitoring is to be conducted against IP infringement, have been declared in Bangkok as well as Chon Buri, Chiang Mai, Surat Thani, Krabi, Songkhla, Sa Kaeo and Phuket provinces.