The Department of Intellectual Property Rights in Cambodia has updated the country’s trademark law, especially concerning filing and maintenance.
It issued two notices—one on August 1, 2023, the other 10 days later on August 11—that dealt with single multi-class applications and affidavits of use/non-use, respectively.
The First Notice (No. 2501/R/DIP)
The First Notice mandates that from August 1, 2023, a single multi-class application be filed for a trademark with goods and services in more than one class, instead of multiple single-class applications.
Practically, since the notice is silent on the ability to divide the application, in the event of a partial refusal, further prosecution of the application in the remaining classes where there are no objections will be held up until the partial refusal is resolved to the examiner’s satisfaction. This necessarily increases the time it will take to register a trademark and the cost of doing so. Read more