Angkor South east asia Network patent And Trademark - IP 2018

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cambodia IP system


Patent and Trademark Systems


BREAKING NEWS,  Cambodia is entered into the 
- Hague Convention for Industrial Designs in 2017
- Convention with EPO for validating European Patents in Cambodia in 2017


To restore both people’s awareness as well as administrative implementation for the protection of this major trade-related field, the Government of Cambodia has initiated many efforts hoping that it will contribute a significant part to the development of the Cambodian economy in the long-run by :

- encouraging foreign direct investment,

- promoting the transfer of technologies,

- creating confidence among local and foreign traders,

- promoting research & development,

- creating local jobs, and

- expanding Cambodia’s trading activities with its trading partners.



These initiatives include the establishment of the Intellectual Property Division under the supervision of the Ministry of Commerce,

- setting up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to oversee the three areas of intellectual property (Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights), drafting of the three intellectual property laws, and

- sending key operational staff members for overseas training in Japan, Europe (ECAP) and Singapore.



As a member of the ASEAN since April 1999, Intellectual Property Rights has become one of the hot topics of national interest after the accession of Cambodia to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2003. Strictly implementing intellectual property laws/ regulations, including the implementation of International Treaties and Conventions such as the Paris Convention, the TRIPs Agreement ...etc., would lead to a temporary negative impact for Cambodia. These constraints need both a devoted timeframe for adjustment as well as technical cooperation and assistance of developed countries as mentioned in article 67 of the TRIPs Agreement. 



Cambodia is a member of:

- Hague Convention for Industrial Designs in 2017
- Convention with EPO for validating European Patents in Cambodia in 2017

- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 25, 1995

- Paris Convention on September 22, 1998

- World Trade Organization (WTO) since September 2003 and signatory to TRIPS Agreement IP Administrative Structure of Cambodia: The responsibility of the three key areas of intellectual property is divided among three ministries:

- Trademark (sub decree) is under the Ministry of Commerce,

- Patent (Procedure grant) is under the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, and

- Copyright (Moral Right) is under the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.



Trademark filing in Cambodia:


To apply for registration of trademarks or service marks in the Kingdom of Cambodia, each applicant shall submit to the IP department of the Ministry of Commerce the following documents:

- 1 copy of the application for registration

- 1 copy of the power of attorney certified by a lawyer of a notary public

- 15 specimens of mark. After a substance examination fo the complete and authentic documents, an official acknowledgement and registration certificate of the trademarks or service marks are issued to the applicants.


The IP department of the Ministry of Commerche can dismiss an application which is not legitimate. It can also remove any trademarks or service marks that have already been registered.



Examples of non-legitimate applications:

- trademarks or service marks that are likely to mislead the public


- trademarks or service marks that are used in the public domain


- trademarks or service marks that are descriptive by showing the characteristics of goods or services to which they relate, such as the kind, quality or quantity etc...


- trademarks or service marks that consist of shape of goods or forms of goods


- trademarks or service marks that are contrary to morality, public order, customs or laws


- trademarks or service marks that are submitted for registration without the consent of the owners


- trademarks or service marks that are substantially identical to trademarks or service marks already registered.