Last month marks the first Singapore patent to be granted by Cambodia after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) in January.
Alongside on-going joint patent programs like the ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC), the collaboration between Singapore and Cambodia also aims to support businesses seeking faster IP protection in the region, as well as helping companies access the regional common market more effectively, which is in alignment with the region’s plans for the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015.
IPOS Chief Executive Tan Yih San said in a statement: “By having a simplified front-end registration, and similar back-end examination system, businesses will benefit from the ease of application and consistent outcome. This is a significant step for companies in ASEAN to explore and grow their businesses as the ASEAN Economic Community integrates.”
The alliance with Cambodia reiterated Singapore’s search and examination capability as it prepares to become ASEAN’s first fully operational International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in September 2015.