Cambodia enters into Hague Agreement for International Registration of Industrial Designs


Cambodia’s recent entry into the Hague system will further the scope of the country’s intellectual property protection and aims to increase investor confidence thereby leading to more foreign direct investment (“FDI”). The agreement also allows for international protection of registered designs with one single international application.

The Government of Cambodia joined the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs on 25 February 2017, following the deposit of its instrument of accession on 26 November 2016. This is the third global protection system of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) relating to Intellectual Property that Cambodia has endorsed after the ratification of the Madrid Protocol for Trademark and the Patent Cooperation Treaty on 5 June 2015.

With this entry, Cambodia will join 65 other members of the agreement, including Brunei and Singapore, and this will allow Cambodian businesses to request intellectual property protection for their industrial designs with all other member countries through a single application. Under this system, administered by WIPO, owners of the design simply need to file an application directly with the International Bureau or through the receiving office in Cambodia with minimal formalities and expense.

This system is viewed by the Government of Cambodia as beneficial in many ways including the expansion of invention, growth of industrial sector and attractiveness of FDIs in Cambodia as international firms can now more easily guarantee protection of their designs in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s move may also encourage other countries in South East Asia to join the Hague System which would help to boost economies in the region generally.

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