Since the Cambodian Patent Law enacted in 2003 as part of Cambodia’s accession to the World Trade Organization, several hundred applications of patent in Cambodia have been filed in the years, but very few of them had been granted.
As Cambodia continues to improve its environment for foreign investment, the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts (MIH) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Intellectual Property (IP) Cooperation with the IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) on January 20, 2015, which makes it possible for the owner of Singapore patents to obtain protection in Cambodia through a brief re-registration process.
In order to apply for re-registration patent in Cambodia, the Singapore application must have a filing date on or after February 11, 2003 (the effective date of the Cambodian Patent Law) and be in force at the time of filing a request for re-registration in Cambodia.
The required documents for this procedure are as follows:
– An original Notarized Power of Attorney (POA) appointing the local Agent;
– Certified copy of the Singapore patent specifications, claims, abstracts and drawings (if any);
– Certified copy of the Certificate of patent registration issued by IPOS;
– Translation into the Khmer language, which will be filed within six months of the request.
Note: The re-registration patent is valid in Cambodia for the remaining term of the Singapore patent, for example, if the Singapore patent has six years of its term remaining, the re-registered Cambodian patent will have a six-year term.
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