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WORK PLAN FOR BILATERAL COOPERATION IN 2017-2019
THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
RIGHTS (NCIPR)/MINISTRY OF COMMERCE (MOC)
OF THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
THE STATE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA
On August 17, 2017  the Intellectual Property Office of the Kingdom of Cambodia, on its online portal, released Work Plan for Bilateral Cooperation in 2017-2019 between the National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR)/Ministry of Commerce (MOC) of the kingdom of Cambodia and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the people’s republic of China. The Signing Ceremony on the Work Plan for Intellectual Property Cooperation for the year 2017-2019 between Cambodia and the PRC was held on March 25, 2016 .
Based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Cooperation which was signed on March 23, 2011 and also based on the Work Plan for Bilateral Cooperation which was signed June 27, 2014 between the National Committee for Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR)/Ministry of Commerce (MOC) of the kingdom of Cambodia and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the people’s republic of China, both parties made a consensus on the below mentioned work plan which will strengthen the bilateral cooperation between both parties in 2017-2019 as far as the Intellectual Property of both the nations are concerned. This work plan will remain valid until December 31, 2019  and may be modified in writing with mutual consent of the parties. The work plan, as stated on the website  is as follows:
The main objective is to recognize the importance of promoting Intellectual Property cooperation between both nations i.e. the Kingdom of Cambodia & the People’s Republic of China and its effect on nation’s economy, trade, science & technology. For this, both parties have made a consensus and expressed their strong desire to further strengthen their friendship and cooperation.
- High-Level Dialogues
Both parties agreed that high-level dialogues between the two countries keep each party well-informed of the latest trends & developments in the other country, and also provides an opportunity for the parties to exchange their views on future-IP cooperation and IP issues or.
SIPO will invite 5 officials from NCIPR/MOC, once per every year from 2017-2019, to attend intellectual property training courses which will be held in China and last for one week. SIPO will cover all international travel costs (round trip economy-class flight tickets) and local expenses in China (including meals and lodging) incurred by the invited NCIPR/MOC officials.
- Exchange of Documentation and Information
Both the nations have agreed on the continuation of exchange of patent related documents and information through the authorized contact persons for that purpose.
- Information Exchange & IT systems
Both the parties have reached a consensus on pursuing cooperation of the Cloud Patent Examination System (CPES) based on the 16 accounts provided by SIPO to NCIPR/MOC.
- Exchange of Information
Both of the parties agreed on enhancing the exchange of experience on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, national IP strategy, information technology and dissemination of IP information.
All the actions contemplated in the work plan will be subject to the availability and priorities of the funds with each party.
Author: Shilpi Saxena, Jr. Patent Associate at Khurana & Khurana Advocates and IP Attorneys can be reached at email@example.com.