The Department of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Commerce, has organized the Destruction Ceremony of Intellectual Property Rights Infringing Goods. The department destroyed over 780,000 items, which were worth around 350 million baht. The ceremony was also streamed live through the Zoom program for the first time in Thailand.
The ceremony of destroying merchandise that violates intellectual property is an important step in resolving infringement issues. It must be performed in a transparent, fair, and verifiable way that complies with the obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) framework and environmental standards. This would also lead to building confidence among trading countries and investors, as well as ensuring intellectual property owners that no violating goods are being sold here.
The Deputy Minister of Commerce, Mr. Weerasak Wangsupakitkosol, presided over the ceremony, in cooperation with the Internal Security Operations Command, the Royal Thai Police, the Customs Department, and the Department of Special Investigation, on Wednesday, 9 September 2020 at the Ministry of Commerce.
This year, there were exhibits of intellectual property infringement cases from Bangkok and the surrounding area; they comprised 785,376 pieces, which were worth around 354 million baht. These exhibits included many kinds of items, such as clothes, bags, belts, shoes, watches, mobile phones, glasses, cosmetics, hats, blankets, and much more.
Moreover, the ceremony this year was the first time that more than 90 representatives of various Thai and foreign organizations were invited to be witnesses and to participate in the ceremony online through the Zoom program. Chon Buri and Saraburi were the locations where the illegal goods were destroyed.
Source: The Government Public Relations Department