The Japan Patent Office Facilitating Patent Granting in Cambodia
On May 4, 2016, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts (MIH), Cambodia, held a meeting and signed a Joint Statement of Intent aiming to launch cooperation for facilitating patent granting in Cambodia. The cooperation will contribute to accelerating patent granting for applications filed in Cambodia without conducting an examination in effect when the applications correspond to those that have already been examined and granted in Japan.
The JPO will expand such cooperation to other emerging countries, thereby supporting companies in more smoothly developing their overseas business.
Japanese companies consider ASEAN member countries to be promising destinations for future business expansion overseas. To address this situation, the JPO has been supporting the development and enhancement of intellectual property systems in the region from the perspective of developing investment environments, so as to contribute to the smooth overseas business development of Japanese companies.
Cambodia has maintained high annual economic growth of 7% or more for four consecutive years since 2011. In addition, the investment amount in the country has also been increasing, as shown by the fact that 200 or more Japanese-affiliated companies have embarked on business in the country as of the end of January 2016. Along with this economic development, the number of patent applications filed in Cambodia is also growing,* and this tendency is expected to continue in the future.
So, the JPO started discussions with the MIH, aiming at cooperation in facilitating patent granting in the country.
As part of the effort, on May 4, 2016, JPO Commissioner Hitoshi Ito held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Cham Prasidh, senior minister, MIH, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and both sides finally signed a memorandum for launching cooperation for smooth patent granting.
2. Outline of the “Cooperation for facilitating Patent Grant”
Under the concluded agreement on “Cooperation for facilitating Patent Grant (CPG)”, Cambodia will accelerate patent granting for applications filed in the country without conducting an examination in effect when the applications correspond to those that have already been examined and granted in Japan and for which the applicants request the country to accelerate patent granting.
This cooperation will allow applicants to win patent rights in an accelerated manner in Cambodia, corresponding to those that they have registered in Japan.
3. Future prospects
Aiming to start the cooperation on July 1, 2016, the JPO will advance coordination with the MIH toward the publication of related guidelines. Furthermore, it will also expand such cooperation to other emerging countries, thereby supporting companies in smoothly developing their overseas business.
May 9, 2016
Division in Charge
International Cooperation Division, Policy Planning and Coordination Department, Japan Patent Office