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Cambodia Trademark, Patent & IP News

October 21, 2019

The World Intellectual Property Organization recently published its annual statistics report, World Intellectual Property Indicators. The headline story from the report is the dominance of China, and the importance of Asia more broadly in the intellectual property world. This is certainly true in Cambodia, where a very large share of patent registrations have been validations of Chinese patents under a recent cooperation agreement.

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October 3, 2019

With the rising number of patent registrations in Cambodia, annuity payments have become an important issue for rights-holders to be aware of. The following provides a complete overview of the relevant legal provisions, and most importantly the current practice of how the Cambodian Patent Office has implemented them.

The patent annuity requirement in Cambodia is specified in Article 46 of the Law on Patents, Utility Model Certificates and Industrial Designs, wh...

August 29, 2019

Korean patent holders will soon be able to extend their rights to Cambodia, under a recently agreed cooperation program between the Cambodian and Korean patent offices.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Cooperation Between the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Korean Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Korea, signed in Phnom Penh on August 16, 2019, a "Patent Recognition Program" will be impl...

November 1, 2018

In 2016, Cambodia became the 151st member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, allowing entry into national phase in Cambodia for international patent applications. The Designated (or Elected) Office in Cambodia under the PCT is the Department of Industrial Property of Cambodia of the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (DIPC). The time limit for entry into the national phase is 30 months from the priority date. The PCT entered into force in Cambodia on December...

May 13, 2018

Under a recent Memorandum of Understanding between the Cambodian Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) and the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), Chinese invention patents may be validated by filing the necessary documents and payment of the prescribed fee, thereby extending the exclusive rights to Cambodia. To date, 20 patents belonging to three applicants have been accepted for validation.

The Chinese patent must have been granted and be...

March 31, 2018

In a ceremony in Phnom Penh yesterday, the patent certificates for a first batch of 20 Chinese patents were validated in Cambodia.

The validation system, a cooperation between the State Intellectual Property Office of China and the Cambodian Ministry of Industry and Handicraft, allows holders of Chinese invention patents to validate their rights in Cambodia, essentially granting them a Cambodian patent simply by filing the necessary documents with the Ministry...

March 14, 2018

The upcoming validation system of Chinese patents in Cambodia is nearing, with the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) releasing further details on how the process will work. According to news reports, the system is set to begin March 28, 2018, by which time implementing regulations will need to be in place.

The system will allow holders of Chinese invention patents to validate their rights in Cambodia, essentially granting them a Cambodian paten...

March 8, 2018

An applicant for a Cambodian patent must submit a Cambodian language (Khmer) translation of the application - a seemingly cumbersome and expensive process, which actually turns out to be much easier than at first glance.

Confronted with this requirement, many potential applicants hire a professional translation firm, often at great expense, to perform the translation before submitting the application to the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft. Given the technic...

February 16, 2018

From March 1, 2018 European patent applications and registrations can be validated in Cambodia, thereby conferring essentially the same protection as throughout the 38 member states of the European Patent Organization. Validation is made upon request and payment of a 180 Euro validation fee, and only possible for European or international applications filed on or after March 1, 2018. 

The validation system is based on an agreement between the President of the E...

December 19, 2017

IPOS and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts concluded a Memorandum of Understanding permitting for the filing of Cambodian patents through the Singaporean authority, and vice versa.

The Memorandum of Understanding is valid for five years from January 20, 2015 and can be renewed upon the mutual consent of both parties.[1] After the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft issued a Prakas (Declaration) on implementation the Memorandum on July 25, 2016, ap...

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