Bun & Associates


#29, Street 294
Phnom Penh


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Partner: Sovath PHIN

Quick facts:

Year of Establishment: 2007
Number of Partners: 1
Number of IP Practitioners: 3
Languages: English, French, Khmer, Mandarin, Thai
Network Memberships: ASEAN IPA, APAA,Asia IPR SME Helpdesk, IBA

Bun & Associates is the largest full-service business law firm in Cambodia. As a full-service firm, Bun & Associates advises clients in diverse areas such as banking and finance, insurance, health, corporate and M&A, tax and custom, real estate and construction, commercial contracts & business licensing, energy and mining, labor and employment, telecommunication and new technology, commercial dispute resolution, agro-business, and intellectual property. The firm also offers private client services, legal translation and certifications.

We fully provide IP filling and portfolio management by understanding the value and optimized the exploitation benefit of intellectual property assets of an enterprise, an effective portfolio management is indispensable. Whether for patent filing, a trademark or design registration, the next step is to file with the appropriate intellectual property office to ensure there is no potential pitfall along the way.

Strategically to our IP audit service, firstly we assist clients to identify their potential and actual intellectual property assets, their IP-related activities, as well as any pertaining sensitive issues such as ownership of contractual works or proprietorship of employee’s invention. After that, we aid to determine the protection status of each component of their IP right assets. For an affective portfolio management, once conducted a thorough diagnostic study of the portfolio, we advise on necessary actions and strategies to be taken in order to acquire legal protection and to maximize their commercial value.

Our IP practice group has assisted the Department of Intellectual of the Ministry of Commerce (D/IPR) in drafting, reviewing and commenting various regulations concerning recordal of trademark licensing and franchising agreement, recordal of exclusive importation of product bearing a trademark, and administrative enforcement of intellectual property rights in Cambodia.

We have effectively and successfully represented clients from various industries, including the high-profile clients like giant social media platform, to appeal against provisional refusal to trademark registration in Cambodia. With experienced team who understand client position, we assisted them in drafting appeal letter containing clear and solid legal and practical grounds and preparing necessary supporting documents to convince the D/IPR of the registrability of our client’s trademarks. It is vital to respond to an Office Action while our team has been fully understanding of the issues and response options of clients to overcome office action of the D/IPR and obtain trademark protection in Cambodia.

The firm has provided numerous assistants to clients in extending their trademark protection beyond Cambodia. The assignments including advising the clients in international registration of their trademarks under the framework of Madrid Protocol, including filing international application and responding to office action to the international application. In addition, we have also successfully liaised with trademark counsels in regional countries in order to smoothly and effectively helped our clients secured their trademark rights while expanding their business in the region.

Key IP Areas: Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Patent, Patent contentious, Patent prosecution, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution

Key Sector Expertise: Advertising, Agriculture, Automotive, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Film, Financial services, FMCG, Food & beverage, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Internet, Life sciences, Logistics, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Media, Medical device, Mining, Not-for-profit, Oil & gas, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Publishing, Real estate, Renewable energy, Retail, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Tobacco, Transport