On 20 January 2015, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enhancing the ties between Singapore and Cambodia in terms of Intellectual Property protection and aligning the IP regimes of the two countries. Under the MoU, patent search and examination reports from IPOS will be recognised by the MIH. In time to come, patents and industrial designs filed with IPOS will be recognised in Cambodia.
The agreement seeks to ease the IP protection application process for businesses and inventors having an interest in both countries, and complements the ongoing patent work-sharing programmes such as the ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC). Details of the work procedures between IPOS and MIH are yet to become available. However, with the agreement, Applicants may soon enjoy a faster and easier route to obtain IP protection in Cambodia.