Given the importance of Australian/Asian economic ties,
it may interest our clients to hear that the European Patent Office
(EPO) has recently signed a deal with the Cambodian government that
paves the way for European patent applicants and patent right
holders to extend their European rights to Cambodia.
The deal brokered between the EPO and the Cambodian government
was announced on 23 January 2017 and is historic in the sense that
it provides for the first recognition of the European patent rights
in an Asian country. Until now, Tunisia and Morocco have been the
only non-European countries where agreements have been made to have
European patent rights directly recognised.
This deal potentially makes Cambodia an attractive
manufacturing/investment location for European patent right holders
and investors and in this regard appears to give Cambodia an
advantage over other Asian manufacturing hubs such as Vietnam and
The first Cambodian "European" patents are expected to
take effect mid 2017 after the agreement is written into Cambodian
Alongside the extension agreement, both parties signed a
bilateral cooperation plan which is part of Cambodia's plan to
strengthen its economy by providing a robust IP administration
system and increasing investor awareness of Cambodian IP
Indeed, Cambodia is taking IP very seriously having signed up to
the Madrid Protocol of Trademarks in 2015, the Patent Co-operation
Treaty in September 2015 and is due to officially join the Hague
Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial
Designs later this month.
Not bad for a country that granted it first ever patent in
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