Cambodia has launched a new online trademark registration system on May 25, 2017, thus becoming seventh ASEAN country to implement online trademark registration after Singapore, Malaysia, Philippine, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. New filing system is optional and the applicants can still opt for the traditional paper filing. While domestic applicants will be able to open accounts with the Department of Intellectual Property, foreign applicants will still have to rely on Cambodian trademark agents. The system still requires hard copies of the original documents including notarized power of attorney or priority documents to be submitted to the DIP within two months as of filing date. All other actions before the DIP will still need to be conducted in traditional way by submitting paper documents.
The new platform was developed by WIPO technical team over 20 months period and is expected to make application process easier. It also is a gateway to the Madrid system, as a centralized platform that allows applicants to file a single application in multiple jurisdictions. This important improvement of IPR protection in Cambodia is expected to encourage small businesses to grow ensuring that their innovation and IPR are protected.