Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Information have issued an inter-ministerial prakas on trade registration management and protection of trademarks and trademarks. Licensing in the field of information and audiovisual, with a period of 6 months for natural persons or legal entities engaged in business or services This is registered with the Ministry of Commerce.

Inter-ministerial proclamation jointly signed by Mr. Pan Sosak, Minister of Commerce and Mr. Khieu Kanharith, Minister of Information on 28 August And just published on September 1, said that this proclamation aims to control the business registration For licenses in the field of information and audio-visual.

In addition, this post also requires these institutions to apply for registration of trademarks or trademarks in order to ensure the identity of each entity. Do not trample on the identities of other entities in order to prevent dishonest competition.

The Inter-Ministerial Prakas, which has six chapters and 14 articles, states that all individuals or legal entities will not be allowed to use trademarks and trademarks. Names that cause harm to public order, morality, society or good traditions of the nation and the unregistered brand No.

"‍ All natural persons or legal entities engaged in business or services in the field of information and audio-visual must apply for registration. Trade registration and can apply for registration of trademarks and trademarks at the Ministry of Commerce within 6 months from the date of signing . If necessary, the Ministry of Commerce can decide to extend this period for another six months.

Ministry of Information spokesman Meas Sophorn told the Post on September 1 that the inter-ministerial proclamation would be possible. Solve the problems that have caused some media and audiovisual institutions to have problems with existing trademark issues. Similarities.

He added that the decision of the Ministry at this time is not to put additional pressure or burden on these institutions, but to encourage Those institutions only need to be involved to protect their legitimacy.

"The purpose of this joint proclamation is to encourage institutions registered with the Ministry of Information to be recognized," he said. Legal protection of the use of trademarks and trademarks in his field of journalism to prevent disputes over the use of Use the name or logo of each unit to the next day.

According to Mr. Meas Sophorn, as of the first half of 2020, the Ministry has received registrations from 452 newspapers and magazines. 196 units, 22 bulletins, 621 websites and online TV, 221 radio stations and a total of 239 television sets.

Leang de Lux, executive director of the online journalism, recently backed the move, saying it was important for all media outlets to Legal protection, despite certain obligations. He added that in addition to being protected by law, the measure also protects the interests of both the company and the public interest. Public.

"As long as there is plagiarism or trademark fraud, it really hurts," he said. As we work professionally is one thing, but a newspaper with a similar brand but an unlisted and unprofessional company, it touches Affect our institutions that are confused and until the discovery is already affected the right institution. "Moreover, it affects the public interest by disseminating inaccurate information."

Mr. Delich said the benefits that his company gained from legal compliance not only helped protect his organization from Not cheating, but also helping to protect the trust of his partners to have confidence in the institution. He said that all media institutions should be registered and comply with the law properly.