Patent and industrial design applicants may soon enjoy protection in Cambodia by filing through the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, and vice versa.

According to the terms of a recent Memorandum of Understanding between the IPOS and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, applicants may gain protection in both countries by filing through either country.

Although the Law on Patents, Utility Model Certificates and Industrial Designs was passed in 2002, to date no patent applications have been granted. The cooperation with IPOS should speed up the registration process, and result in the granting of the first Cambodian patent later this year.