Saturday, April 21, 2018

Intellectual Property Protection under Cambodian Law

A. Legal Protection

Since the right regarding intellectual property becomes more complicated due to the advance of technology, it needs specific law to apply in this area. The policy with regard to the protection of Intellectual Property Rights is based on:

-Law Concerning Marks, Trade Names, and Acts of Unfair Competition containing 16 chapters, with 72 articles, was promulgated on Feb.07, 02 and Sub-Decree for appropriately implementing was  adopted on July 12, 2006. 

-Law on Copyrights and Related Rights containing 8 chapters with 69 articles was promulgated on 5 March 2005 and Sub-Decree for Collective Management of Copyrights and related Rights have been recently finalized and will be submitted to the Council of Ministers for adoption 

-Law on patents, Industrial Designs, and Utility Models containing 9 chapters, with 137 articles, was promulgated on Jan.02, 03 and the Declaration instead of Sub-Decree for implementing this Law was introduced on June 29, 2006.

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International Instruments Concerning the Protection of IPRs

The Kingdom of Cambodia has accessioned to the following bilateral and multilateral international instruments:

Firstly, on the part of practical implementation of intellectual property enforcement, Cambodia has taken part into the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 25, 1995 and become a party of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, on September 22, 1998 which has shown strong commitment under the obligations of Paris Convention to protect well-known marks by enforcing laws to suppress many cases of infringements and setting up effective mechanism to protect right-holders in exercising their Intellectual Property rights in Cambodia.

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