Ministry Launches Online Platform For Trademark Registration

This Ministry of Commerce’s new Online Mark Filing System will help cut out the opportunity of corruption from the process of registering a trademark.

A new online trademark registration gateway allowing individuals and companies to register trademarks in Cambodia was launched yesterday by the Ministry of Commerce.

Applicants can upload required documents and information to the Online Mark Filing System, which operates alongside the existing manual registration system but is designed to make it quicker and easier to register trademarks and help companies build their brands.

“This new Online Mark Filing System allows businesses to avoid meeting directly with [government] officers,” said Minister of Commerce Pan Sorasak. “There will be no corruption because businesses just pay the registration fee set by the law using banking services.” Three local banks – ACLEDA, Canadia and FTB – can be used to pay the registration fees.

Yo Takagi, assistant director-general of World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), said the new platform was designed by a technical team from WIPO and took 20 months to develop. It is also a first step to accessing the Madrid System, a centralised global registration system that allows applicants to file a single application to register their trademark for protection in multiple jurisdictions.

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