Building bridges through cooperation: EPO and Cambodian Ministry of Industry and Handicraft host first IP conference

This week the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Ministry of Industry and Handicraft (MIH) hosted their first joint IP conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Organised with the support of EuroCham Cambodia and with a welcoming speech by the Ambassador of the EU to Cambodia, Ms Carmen Moreno, the conference celebrated the significant validation registrations being witnessed since the implementation of the EPO-MIH validation agreement which came into force in March 2018, stressing the importance of IP rights in both attracting foreign direct investment as well as supporting innovation locally.

Speaking at the event, EPO President António Campinos emphasised that the validation agreement with Cambodia took “the coverage of European patents for the first time far beyond the European neighbourhood, to show that the EPO can deliver top-quality patents to fast-developing economies anywhere in the world,” adding that the EPO’s international cooperation with its partners around the globe, “can eliminate the need for duplicitous patent prosecution processes, and allow fast-developing IP systems to focus their efforts on resident patent filings and supporting local innovation.”

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