The Thai Cabinet has urged government agencies to use 13 "national fonts" in their official documents in a bid to curb intellectual property infringement and encourage the use of Thai fonts instead of foreign ones.
The 13 fonts were chosen from entries in a competition by the Software Industry Promotion Agency (Sipa) under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry and the Intellectual Protection Department.
Sipa Deputy Director Wuttipong Pongsuwan said the competition was aimed at encouraging designers to develop fonts for free use by Thai users, as most computer fonts presently in use were created and patented by foreigners.
The 13 fonts that won the competition were: TH Sarabun PSK, TH Chamornman, TH Krub, TH Srisakdi, TH Niramit AS, TH Charm of AU, TH Kodchasal, TH K2D July8, TH Mali Grade 6, TH Chakra Petch, TH Baijam, TH KoHo, and TH Fah Kwang.
All fonts have been copyrighted by Sipa and the Intellectual Protection Department. They are available in normal, italic and bold italic and can be downloaded for free at www.sipa.or.th.
The Cabinet selected TH Sarabun PSK as the standard font for official documents.
The Cabinet on 7 September 2010 approved the ICT Ministry's proposal to have the 13 fonts installed in their operating systems and to switch to them starting on 5 December 2010.
Mr Wuttipong said using the fonts would protect users from being sued by patent holders of foreign-made fonts and the measure would improve the country's image on intellectual property rights.