This cooperative was established in order to prevent and suppress the trade in counterfeited and pirated goods online between Thailand’s Action Taskforce for Information Technology Crime Suppression (TACTICS) and The REACT U.A. (REACT) Cooperative representing over 300 brands worldwide.
Pursuant to the government policy and in a joint effort to tackle intellectual property (IP) rights violation, the Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha as the Chairman of the National Intellectual Property Policy committee, and the Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan as the chairman of the sub-committee on Law Enforcement of IP Infringement have ordered the Royal Thai Police (RTP), The office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (ONBTC), and Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) to work closely in the acceleration of developing a place for law enforcement to access in cases of IP violations and product seizures such as The Min Buri cases, The Sampeng Market case in Bangkok, The Thep-prasit Market case in Chon Buri province, The Rong Kluea market case in Ayutthaya province, The Night Bazaar Market case in Chiang Mai province, The Save One market case in Nakhon Ratchasima province and The Walking Street Bang LA case in Phuket province in which the (27) offenders have been arrested together with seized products totaling 23,620 pieces and also including other seized assets according to the Anti – Money Laundering Act, B.E. 2542 for over THB 249,704,800. These actions helped in the blocking of (34) illegal websites and 1,080 URL which were taken down.
On Thursday the 17th of January, a combination of International and Thai dignitaries will have a signing ceremony to introduce this Coordinated Program and Technical Support Cooperative to prevent and suppress the trade in counterfeited and pirated goods online between THAILAND’S ACTION TASKFORCE FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CRIME SUPPRESSION (TACTICS) and REACT U.A. (REACT). The intention of this conference was to gain insight from brand holders and law enforcement with the intention to facilitate cooperation related to the prevention and suppression of IP online infringement. At this time, the counterfeiting and piracy issues on the online platforms are continuing to rise and crimes committed and violated by the infringers have in turn been used for violators accessing these online channels to gain a profit. These actions by criminals have caused economic harm to the country with illegal profits used in other criminal gains which is why this cooperative of agencies have been assembled to tackle the matter both on the ground and online. In order to assist in resolving the issue, the legal rights owner can verify the IP violations at a more expedited pace by confirming on the website and sending the critical information to the relevant officers in order to block access to the reported sites in a quick, proactive and more efficient manner.
In addition, apart from blocking access and take down procedures, The Royal Thai Police will initiate and collaborate with all the major Internet Platforms which are selling such products such as LAZADA, SHOPEE and KAIDEE as just some examples. This will also include the rights owner by assisting with the collaboration to verify suspicious products and to ascertain as to whether such products are illegal products or not. If online infringement has been found, The (TACTICS) team will then focus on the suppression and apprehension of such infringers who are selling the illegal products in the Red Zones areas.