Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Cambodia Joins the Madrid System

March 5, 2015

Cambodia joined the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks today, providing brand owners in Cambodia with potentially faster and cheaper access to international brand protection.

Cambodia became the 95th member of the Madrid System, following the deposit with the Director General of WIPO on March 5, 2015, of its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks. The Protocol enters into force, with respect to Cambodia, on June 5, 2015.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry (left) receives Cambodia’s instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol from Mr. Ouk Prachea, Deputy Minister and Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce (photo: WIPO).

With this accession, the Madrid System provides Cambodian brand owners the potential to protect their products through one international application covering more than 110 countries.

The Madrid System makes it possible for an applicant to apply for a trademark in a large number of countries by filing a single international application at a national or regional IP office of a country/region that is party to the system. It simplifies the process of multinational trademark registration by reducing the requirement to file an application at the intellectual property office in each country in which protection is sought. The system also simplifies the subsequent management of the mark, since it is possible to record further changes or to renew the registration through a single procedural step.