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Seminar - Protection and Commercialization of IP in Cambodia

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 15:00 to 16:45
Venue: School of Law, 55 Armenian Street, Level 2, Seminar room 2.02, Singapore 179943


Accession by Cambodia to the World Trade Organization, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and other agreements brought about a number of intellectual property related laws. In addition to these laws, the government has also issued regulations for implementing these laws. In recent years, the new regulations in the field of copyright, trademark and patent were adopted, in particularly related to copyright collective management organizations, procedures for registration and protection of certification marks, acceleration of patent grant of Cambodian-related applications, re-registration of Singapore and Chinese patents in Cambodia, and validation of European patents in Cambodia.

This lecture will be divided into four parts. It firstly provides an overview of legal framework of intellectual property in Cambodia as well as recent development in the areas of copyright, trademark, geographical indication, and patent. The lecture will secondly present the efforts Cambodia has made and achieved at national, regional and international levels to interoperate its trademark system with the other countries’ trademark system. Thirdly, the lecture will present innovative solutions recently adopted by Cambodia to address its financial and human resource challenges in the area of patent, including the acceleration of patent grant process and the re-registration, recognition and validation of patents of foreign countries. In the last part, the lecture will raise theoretical and practical issues which may arise from the introduction of these innovative solutions and which Cambodia would need to address for the future development of its patent law and system.



Sovath PHIN holds a Doctor of Laws (Comparative Law) from Nagoya University Graduate School of Law, Japan. He is an Adjunct Professor at Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia. He has taught corporate and intellectual property law within and outside Cambodia, and published articles on intellectual property in Cambodia and ASEAN. At Bun & Associates, Sovath leads intellectual property and co-leads corporate and dispute resolution practice groups. He has acted as a Short-Term Consultant to provide Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Commerce, Department of Intellectual Property, in a Trademark Data Validation Project, which is involved in the screening, verification, reporting and validation of 55,000 registered marks and 45,000 post activities. Sovath assisted the Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia in drafting competition law and the law on food safety and the Ministry of Health of Cambodia in drafting food safety regulations and the law concerning public health and intellectual property. Sovath is admitted to the Bar Association of Cambodia. He is one of the first selected commercial arbitrators in Cambodia and has become a member of the National Commercial Arbitration Centre (NCAC). He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the NCAC and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitration (SIArb). Sovath is a qualified Trademark Agent in Cambodia, member of ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA) and Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA).



Kung-Chung LIU holds LLB and LLM degree from National Taiwan University and a Doctor of Law degree from the Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet (University of Munich). He was a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taiwan between 1992/1-2017/1. In 2003, he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and Visiting Senior Research Fellow for the IP Academy of Singapore. Professor Liu has served as one of the founding Commissioners of the National Communications Commission in Taiwan between 2006 and 2007. In 2014/4-15/7, he was a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, and the Founding Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA). He is currently the Director of ARCIALA. In addition, Professor Liu has been co-appointed Professor of the Renmin University, China (2017), and of the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (since 2010).



2.45pm - Registration

3.00pm – Seminar by Dr. Phin

4.30pm – Q & A

4.45pm -  End of Event

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Last updated on 26 Jul 2018 .