Cambodia: Rules for registering intellectual property agreements

Cambodia: Rules for registering intellectual property

Guidance—Prakas No. 036 (13 January 2020)—issued by the Ministry of Commerce concerns intellectual property agreements including trademark or service-mark licenses and franchise agreements.


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The rules provided by the guidance are intended to promote and strengthen protection of intellectual property rights, technology transfer and skills, investment, business operations and fair competition under licensed marks (trademarks and service marks) and for franchises in Cambodia.

The guidance includes detailed procedures and requirements for the recording and renewal of trademark and service-mark licensing agreements and franchise agreements for those registered or filed for registration with the Department of Intellectual Property Rights. An application for trademark or franchise licensing agreements must follow a template provided by the Ministry of Commerce within six months of the effective date of the agreement.

Once the registration is successfully completed, information about the parties and the agreement will be published by the official gazette. The agreement’s recording is valid for five years, and can be renewed every five years.

Read a March 2020 report [PDF 161 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in Cambodia

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