In the context of economic integration and increasing competition globally, the ownership and protection of intellectual property rights, especially trademarks, has become an indispensable element for every business. In Cambodia, a potential Southeast Asian country with a rapidly growing economy, trademark registration not only helps protect business interests, affirm brand value with customers, but also contributes to promoting innovation and creativity. The trademark registration process in Cambodia not only ensures transparency and fairness but also meets the needs of businesses. In addition, trademark registration also helps ensure legality during operation, helping to minimize cases of plagiarism and counterfeiting of trademarks. However, to better understand this process and ensure a smooth registration, each business needs to master the relevant steps and requirements. Viet An Law Firm will guide customer through the process of trademark registration in Cambodia, from preparing documents, filing documents, to monitoring and maintaining trademark ownership.
Under Cambodia’s Law on Trademarks, Trade Names and Anti-Unfair Competition, a trademark is defined as any mark capable of distinguishing one person’s goods or services from another’s.
Trademarks can be images, writing, numerals, drawings, or a combination of these elements. Trademarks can be used to distinguish one person’s goods or services from another’s goods or services in the course of business.
Trademarks in Cambodia are classified into the following categories:
If the applicant has used the trademark before the date of filing the application, a copy of the document proving the right to use the trademark should be submitted. Documents proving the right to use a trademark include:
Trademark registration process in Cambodia:
Before filing a trademark application, the applicant should conduct a trademark search to determine whether the trademark is identical or similar to a previously registered trademark.
Trademark lookup can be done online on the website of the National Office of Intellectual Property of Cambodia or through intellectual property representative organizations.
The trademark application must be filed with the Intellectual Property Office of Cambodia (CIP). A dossier of trademark registration includes the following documents:
CIP will conduct an appraisal of the trademark application form within 1 month from the date of filing. If the trademark application is valid in form, CIP will publish the trademark application in the CIP Gazette.
CIP will conduct appraisal of the contents of the trademark application within 6 months from the date of publication of the trademark application. If the trademark application is valid in content, CIP will issue a Trademark Registration Certificate to the applicant.
The trademark registration fee in Cambodia is 130-140 USD / 1 trademark.
The time limit for processing a trademark registration application in Cambodia includes the following steps:
Thus, the time limit for processing trademark registration dossiers in Cambodia is 1-7 months from the date of filing.
In case the trademark application is rejected, the applicant has the right to appeal the refusal decision of the National Office of Intellectual Property of Cambodia within 60 days from the date of receipt of the refusal decision.
If customer want to file a trademark application in Cambodia, please contact Viet An Law Firm for the most effective support.
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