Following the signing of an MoU between IPOS (Singapore Patent Registry) and MIH (Cambodia Patent Registry) early this year, Singapore patent owners can now:
- re-register their Singapore patents at the MIH
- submit an IPOS-issued Search and Examination (S&E) report to MIH for the grant of a Cambodia related patent application.
The process is straightforward and worth considering for Singapore business owners to extend their patent protection in Cambodia.
Re-registration of Singapore patents at the MIH
Patent owners can re-register their Singapore granted patents in Cambodia at anytime during the term of the patent by submitting a request for re-registration to MIH and pay the associated fee. The Singapore patent must be in force at the time of registration and shall be re-registered for the term of the Singapore patent, if accepted.
To re-register a Singapore Patent in Cambodia, the applicant is required to submit the following documents to MIH:
- a completed Cambodian application form;
- a completed additional information sheet;
- a certified copy of the Certificate of Grant for the Singapore patent;
- a certified copy of the final specifications;
- a certified copy of the Singapore form PF8, when the applicant is not the inventor; and
- power of attorney in Cambodia, if an agent is appointed.
Upon registration, the Cambodia patent shall be independent of the Singapore patent and is subject to the Cambodia Patents Law, including payment of annuity in accordance with Cambodia’s renewal fee structure. The renewal fees are calculated from the second year of the date of filing of the Cambodia patent and due on the next renewal period.
Submission of IPOS-issued Search and Examination (S&E) report to MIH for the grant of a Cambodia related patent application.
Singapore patent applicants who have a related patent application in Cambodia can also rely on the S&E report of the Singapore application for grant of a Cambodia related patent application. In general, a Cambodia related patent application refers to one which is linked to a Singapore patent application via a common priority claim or PCT application.
Interested applicants may submit official requests to IPOS giving details of both the Singapore and Cambodia patent applications and request any or all of the following:
- to submit a copy of the final S&E report issued by IPOS and,
- to submit a copy of the final specifications of the Singapore related patent application to MIH for the grant of the Cambodia related patent application.
- to amend the specifications of the Cambodia application to that of the final specifications of the Singapore related patent application.
With the implementation of this initiative, Singapore patent owners will appreciate that the protection enjoyed by Singapore patents can now be extended to Cambodia with a simplified set of procedures.