Made up of a collection of over 4,000 items that have infringed upon trademarks, copyrights and patents, the Museum of Counterfeit Goods is a one-of-a-kind place. The small Bangkok museum, which is located on the 26th floor of the Supalai Grand Tower on Rama III Road, is housed in the offices of Tilleke & Gibbins, one of the leading law firms in Thailand and Vietnam, and an enterprise that has been at the forefront of patent protection and litigation for the past several decades.Museum of Counterfeit Goods — Photo courtesy of courtesy of Tilleke and Gibbins
The museum got its start in 1989, when the firm began wondering what to do with the huge pool of seized counterfeit goods they were collecting as evidence in court cases, which had been taken in police raids and were accumulating over time. Tilleke & Gibbins decided that an informative display might make for a great public educational tool to create awareness for consumers about intellectual property infringement, and thus the museum was born.
The law firm focuses on three different areas: copyright, trademark and patent infringement. Displays from their various cases are shown in different forms and products. There are copyrighted works like Lonely Planet Guidebooks that have been reprinted page for page, drugs and medical items ranging from Viagra to very common medications that have been replicated, and of course all the trademark logos that have been altered or spun off from designer t-shirts to sunglasses to tennis shoes. The museum is a highly informative and alternative sight for any Bangkok visitor.
The Museum of Counterfeit Goods is open for viewing on Mondays at 2 pm and Thursdays at 10 am, and you must make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance to make sure one of the attorneys will be available to show you around.