From the islands of Indonesia, the IP Komodo prowls South East Asia and beyond looking for succulent morsels of intellectual property news with the aim of to raising awareness of South East Asia's IP issues to help people understand this diverse region's IP complexities.
Cambodia rarely features in IP news but a number of recent
events have started to attract attention. Firstly Cambodia acceded to the PCT,
the 151st nation to do so. The PCT will enter into force in Cambodia
on December 8, 2016.
Meanwhile in July the Intellectual Property Association of
Cambodia (“IPAC”) started operations. It mainly comprises IP professionals and
plans to run IP training and seminars, raise awareness and cooperate with
relevant government Ministries on IP.
Cambodia already has a full suite of IP laws, but in August
the Minister of Commerce presided over a meeting of Committee on Management and
Advancement of Trade Related Draft Laws and Regulations to look at possible updates.
The laws of most relevance to IP holders they are reviewing include the Draft
Law on Consumer Protection, the Draft Law on Competition and Draft Law on Ecommerce.
Lastly a well-known
local IP figure, Var Roth San, an adviser to the Ministry of Commerce, has
spoken to the press indicating that Cambodian firms need to establish their own
brands to compete globally.