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Cambodia Trademark, Patent & IP News

December 22, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018, the official fees for trademark matters in Cambodia will be increased and new fees will be introduced for international marks under the Madrid System, which Cambodia joined on June 5, 2015.

While certain fees will more than double, the basic fee for filing and registration of a trademark will increase by less than three percent. With the establishment of the fees for international marks, the Department of Intellectual Property Rights...

August 20, 2017

On August 7th, 2017, Thailand submitted its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization, a significant step forward in internationalizing its trademark system. Thailand joins Cambodia and 98 other countries in this international treaty which allows trademark owners to file a single application applicable to all other member countries. Conversely, a trademark owner from any other member country can now extend...

November 16, 2016

Following Cambodia’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol, the Government has enacted an implementing regulation setting forth procedures for registration.

On November 1, 2016, a new Prakas (declaration) on the Procedures for the International Registration of Marks under the Madrid Protocol (Khmer) was enacted by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC). The declaration sets forth procedures and documents required for where Cambodia is an office of origin or Cambodia...

August 28, 2016

It has been just over a year since Cambodia joined the Madrid system for the international registration of trademarks, and as the first responses from the Cambodian Registrar are starting to roll out, it makes for a good opportunity to address how to respond to rejections.

Based on an ex-officio examination, the Cambodian Registrar will determine if there are grounds for refusing to register the mark - such as descriptiveness, generic words, or moral grounds....

January 25, 2016

On January 20th and 21st, in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce and the Japan Patent Office, WIPO organized a workshop for Cambodian trademark agents on using the Madrid System. 


Approximately 20 agents attended the two-day event at the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh. The sessions were lead by an officer from WIPO Legal Division, an officer from JPO Trademark Division, a Japanese attorney from Isshiki & Co, as well as officials from the Cambodian Department...

January 21, 2016

Laos acceeded to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks on December 7th, 2015.


The 97th member globally, Laos joins Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore as ASEAN members of the system. As a least developed country, applicants from Laos will benefit from a 90% discount on the basic application fee. The Protocol will enter into force on March 7, 2016. More information is available from WIPO

June 5, 2015

Today marks the entering into force of the Madrid Protocol in Cambodia, probably the most significant trademark-related event in over a decade.


As part of the Madrid system, Cambodian businesses can register trademarks in close to a hundred countries around the world through the local Ministry of Commerce's Department of Intellectual Property. Conversely, foreign brand-owners can register trademarks in Cambodia through their local trademark office. In most cas...

March 5, 2015

Cambodia joins the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks today, a system for streamlining the registration of marks across borders.


Rather than having to file a trademark application in each country, a brand owner can file a single application with their national or regional IP office, and then select which other countries it wants to register in. This greatly simplifies and reduces the cost of the process, as more than 110 countrie...

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