Singapore, 10 March 2015 – Businesses or inventors seeking patent protection in Cambodia may now do so through the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).
Less than two months after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IPOS and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts (MIH), the first Singapore patent was granted protection and recognised in Cambodia on 4 March 2015. The landmark application was based on a positive report by IPOS’ Search & Examination Unit and also marked Cambodia’s first-ever granted patent.
The recognition of the first Singapore patent formally took place in Phnom Penh through an exchange of the Singapore application form and Cambodia patent certificate between Senior Minister of MIH, Mr Cham Prasidh, and Chief Executive of IPOS, Mr Tan Yih San.
The successful collaboration with Cambodia is a reaffirmation of Singapore’s search and examination capability as the country prepares to become ASEAN’s first fully operational International Searching Authority (ISA), and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in September 2015.
Alongside on-going patent work-sharing programmes like the ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC), the cooperation between Singapore and Cambodia enables prospective companies to access the regional common market more effectively. This is in alignment with the region’s plans for the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
Minister Prasidh said: “This is a momentous moment in the history of intellectual property cooperation between Cambodia and Singapore. The arrangement is an embodiment of ASEAN integration and greater harmonisation in the region to allow businesses to enjoy expedited patents protection.”
Mr Tan Yih San, Chief Executive of IPOS said, “This collaboration simplified and reaffirmed two countries’ commitment to better support businesses seeking cross-border investment in the combined market of more than 20 million people. We remain committed in forging a strong and interoperable IP system for the creators in both countries and beyond.”
Edited by The IPA Beacon Editorial Team