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Cambodia Trademark Registration 

A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Cambodia through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Should I file my trademark in local characters?

    Yes, for a broader and stronger protection in Cambodia, we recommend registering your trademark in local characters.

    If the trademark is registered only in its original version (Latin characters), the protection does not always properly protect its equivalent in the local language. This means that a third party could use or register the same trademark (or a similar one) in local characters.

    In additional to the legal benefits, the registration and use of the trademark in local characters can also have commercial benefits. The public in Cambodia will recognize your brand more easily if they are able to read and correctly pronounce the mark.

    Registering your trademark in its original version, as well as local transliteration/translation, will provide a greater protection from any possible infringements.

  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 10 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

     

  • If I register my trademark in Cambodia, do I have protection in other territories?

    No. The registered mark is protected only in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes. A power of attorney must be submitted.

  • Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

    Prior use of a trademark has the following benefits:

    • Demonstrate the mark’s distinctive qualities
    • Overcome opposition on the ground of non-distinctiveness
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Yes. An attack on the basis of non-use is available.

  • What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Cambodia?

    The following marks or signs are accepted for registration:

    • Names
    • Words
    • Certain three-dimensional shapes
    • Devices
    • Colours
    • Slogans
    • Collective marks
    • Service marks
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Cambodia?

    The trademark application in Cambodia has three phases:

    1. Examination – Marks are examined in respect of formalities, classification, clarity, descriptiveness, distinctiveness, deceptiveness, and conflict with an earlier right.
    2. Registration – The mark is granted registration.
    3. Publication – The particulars of the application (mark, the name of the applicant, country of incorporation, application number, and date, etc.) are published online.
  • What type of trademark is not registrable?

    The following marks are not accepted for registration:

    • Marks that are against the principles of morality or public order
    • Generic terms
    • Symbol, flag or name of a nation, state, or an international organization
    • Marks that are non-distinctive
    • Marks that function as surnames
    • Marks that function as geographic location names
  • Does Cambodia use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. Cambodia uses the Nice Classification system.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Cambodia?

    No. The Community Trademark is not effective in Cambodia.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Cambodia?

    Yes. The trademark applicant may claim priority provided the following conditions are satisfied:

    • The applicant’s home country is a Paris Convention signatory
    • The application date in the home country is at least 6 months earlier than the application filing date in Cambodia
    • The applicant’s home country is a member of the World Trade Organization
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    A registered trademark must be used within 5 years from the date of registration. Minimal use is required and it must occur in the jurisdiction of Cambodia.

  • Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

    A registered trademark is valid for 10 years.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal date is computed 10 years from the date when the application was filed.

  • Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

    Use of an unregistered mark for goods/services is legal provided it does not infringe an earlier right.


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