In the United States trademarks are often followed by a symbol, such as a small ® or a small TM? Each symbol indicates to the consuming public information about the trademark rights that are associated with the specific trademark that the ® or TM symbol is attached to.These symbols have specific meaning in the United States and should only be used when appropriate.    The rights associated with...

Trademark cancellation for non-use in Cambodia is one of the most common grounds for having a mark removed from the Register. As Cambodia is a first-to-file system, trademark applicants do not need to be using the mark at the time of application, nor is there a requirement to prove any intent to use. To police trademark squatting, Article 15 of the Trademark Law states that: “Any interested...

On August 16, 2018, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) issued a circular regarding the obligations of patent holders, and their proxies, to pay outstanding annual patent fees. This letter was sent to all patent owners who still have outstanding annuity fees according to articles 88 and 115 of the old patent law, Law No. 14 of 2011. Under the old patent law, a patent cannot...

We would like to inform you about some changes in the organizational structure of the NOIP (National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam) which has been effective since 4 Sep, 2018. First of all, it must be strongly indicated that the name of the NOIP now has been changed from National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP in abbreviation) to “Intellectual Property Office of...

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT) has introduced two new Prakas (implementing guidelines), one of which seeks to clarify recent amendments to the country’s Labor Law pertaining to seniority payments, and the other establishes a new requirement to make salary payments twice per month. Below we set out full details of the changes.Prakas No. 443 on Seniority PaymentsOn...