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Today’s Phnom Penh Post has an interview with the President of the new National Arbitration Centre, Ros Monin. The article is entitled “Arbitration centre facing hurdles”, which is a fair assessment. Although a launching ceremony was held earlier this year, the Mr. Ros doesn’t expect the NAC to be able to handle cases until early 2014. One hurdle is funding to construct offices and for startup operations, which he calls on the Ministry of Commerce to contribute. He also describes briefly how the Arbitration Centre will work and opines on the current state of dispute resolution in the Kingdom. Stay tuned
Cambodia is planning to join the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks by 2015, according to the relevant authorities. The Madrid System greatly simplifies the process for trademark owners to register their rights in multiple countries at a time.
To register one’s trademark in countries outside the Madrid System, as Cambodia currently is, you have to make a separate application with the national authority (in Cambodia that is the Department of Intellectual Property within the Ministry of Commerce). Once Cambodia joins the Madrid System, it will be much easier, quicker, and cheaper for Cambodians to protect their trademarks abroad, and for foreigners to protect theirs in Cambodia. This would be a good development for intellectual property in Cambodia.