Here's some good news for anyone interested in protecting their designs in Cambodia -- and indeed for any Cambodians who are looking for legal protection beyond their borders. Under WIPO's Information Notice No.13/2016 ("Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs: Accession to the 1999 Act: Cambodia):
1. On November 25, 2016, the Government of Cambodia deposited with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) its instrument of accession to the Geneva (1999) Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.
2. The instrument of accession was accompanied by the following declarations:
– the declaration referred to in Article 11(1)(a) of the 1999 Act, whereby the maximum period for the deferment of the publication of an industrial design where Cambodia is designated in an international registration is 12 months from the filing date or, where priority is claimed, from the priority date;
– the declaration as required under Article 17(3)(c) of the 1999 Act, specifying that the maximum duration of protection provided for by the legislation of Cambodia in respect of industrial designs is 15 years; and,
– the declaration for the application of level two of the standard designation fee, under Rule 12(1)(c)(i) of the Common Regulations under the 1999 Act and the 1960 Act of the Hague Agreement.
3. In accordance with Articles 28(3)(b) and 30(1)(i) of the 1999 Act, the 1999 Act and the declarations made will enter into force in respect of Cambodia on February 25, 2017.
4. The accession to the 1999 Act by Cambodia brings the number of Contracting Parties to this Act to 52. Therefore, the total number of Contracting Parties to the Hague Agreement is 66.
A list of the Contracting Parties to the Hague Agreement is available on the WIPO website at
the following address: