An INTA delegation made important first visits to the intellectual property offices of Laos and Cambodia this week.
INTA’s delegation included Chairs of the Asia-Pacific subcommittees of the Trademark Office Practice Committee, Louis Chan (P&G, Singapore), Non-traditional Marks Committee, Dan Greif (Siam Premier, Thailand), Anticounterfeiting Committee, Kowit Somwaiya (LawPlus, Thailand) and INTA’s Chief Representative Officer, China, Seth Hays.
On September 1, the delegation met with the Director General of the Lao PDR Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Dr. Khanlasy Keobounphanh. Dr. Khanlasy shared with INTA that progress is being made on accession to the Madrid Protocol, and shed light on the role the DIP plays in enforcement matters.
On September 3, the INTA delegation was joined by 2013 President Toe Su Aung (Elipe Ltd., United Kingdom), Trademark Office Practice Committee member, Jo-Ann See (Amica Law, Singapore), and Chair of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the Legislation Regulation Committee Alan Adcock (Tilleke & Gibbins, Thailand).
The INTA Delegation proceeded to the Ministry of Commerce in Cambodia for a discussion with Director General of the Cambodian Intellectual Property Office, Mr. Sim Sokheng. DG Sim shared with the INTA Delegation recent achievements of the office, including accession to Madrid.
The Delegation offered the resources of INTA’s policy advocacy committees to assist the office on matters such as revisions of regulations and legislation, or education of examiners on methods for examining non-traditional trademarks. Also in attendance were officials from police and customs who shared briefly the process behind enforcement matters.
Overall the delegation saw two dynamic and up-coming economies that are prioritiszing IP and trademarks. INTA looks forward to being able to share resources with the public and private sectors in both countries in the coming months and years.
Please read the September 15 issue of the INTA Bulletin for more details.