The brand new Intellectual Property Association of Cambodia (“IPAC”) was officially launched on August 17th. The ceremony was presided by H.E. TEKRETH Kamrang, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia. IPAC was established last month by a group of professionals working in the fields of trademarks, patents and designs as well as academia, backed by the Ministry of Commerce.

The goal of the Association is to promote public awareness of the existence and functioning of IP rights, create an efficient network between the IP professionals of the country and to participate to the development and enforcement of Cambodian intellectual property law by encouraging closer cooperation with government agencies.

This is the first organization of its kind in the country, and in the words of IPAC’s newly appointed director Pich Ang, this is a project to encourage economic growth in Cambodia.

It will organize seminars and lectures with both private sector employees on the necessary processes for the protection of trademarks, patents and copyrights, as well as public sector officials such as customs officers on the skills and knowledge necessary for their implementation and the war against counterfeiting.

There already are plans for cooperation with 13 separate ministries, and one can hope that this new initiative may very well help to the optimization of Cambodian intellectual property environment. Given that lack of public awareness of IP Legislation is one the main obstacles to its implementation one can only salute this initiative and hope that it succeeds in its endeavor.