The Complete Guide to Intellectual Property in Cambodia


Intellectual property is very often a company’s most important asset. This guide provides a go-to reference for attorneys, business owners, and the interested public, covering all major forms of IP in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

With chapters on trademarks, copyrights, patents, industrial designs, geographical indications and other forms of IP, readers will find a concise, complete, and up-to-date summary and analysis of current law and practice.

Trademark Law


Trademarks are any visible sign capable of distinguishing the goods or services of an enterprise.

In Cambodia, trademarks are registered with the Department of Intellectual Property Rights of the Ministry of Commerce, and are valid for a ten-year renewable term.

Copyright Law


Copyrights protects original works by granting the author a set of exclusive economic and moral rights.

In Cambodia, copyrighted works may be deposited with the Department of Copyright and Related Rights of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.

Patent Law


Patents are a set of exclusive rights granted to the creator of new, commercially applicable and inventive products and processes.

In Cambodia, patents are granted by the Department of Industrial Property of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, and are valid for twenty years.

Industrial Design Law


Industrial Design registrations protect new, visual aspects of a product of industry or handicraft.

In Cambodia, industrial designs are granted by the Department of Industrial Property of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, and are valid for up to fifteen years.

Geographic Indication


A geographical indication is a name or sign used on certain products corresponding to a specific geographic origin and serves a certification that the product has certain qualities, is made according to certain methods or enjoys a certain reputation stemming from its geographic origin.

Other Forms of IP


Two other forms of intellectual property are provided for by law in Cambodia, namely Seed and Plant Breeder's Rights, and Integrated Circuit Designs.