It’s an interesting time for Intellectual property law specialist Rouse to open a new office in Cambodia.
Politics in the country in the past few months have taken an even sharper turn to the right, than is usual, even for the Hun Sen government.
Since June he’s closed the country’s main English language newspaper and radio station. This, combined with the recent arrest the leader of the opposition,Kem Sokha, and this week he’s in the process of de-listing the main opposition party.
Reuters reported, only Monday.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday it was “a fact” that the main opposition party would be dissolved as he spoke on the anniversary of the peace agreement that established multiparty democracy.
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Obviously a further strengthening of dictatorship doesn’t affect the world of IP as the new office, located in Phnom Penh, will have five team members, headed by the firm’s current Hong Kong and Vietnam country manager Chris Vale, along with Sokunvannary (Vannary) Tep, a Cambodian trademark attorney.
The firm, we learn, will offer strategic portfolio management, disputes and enforcement services to large U.S. and European law firms operating in the region and to new clients who have presence in the country.
“The ASEAN region represents a huge growth opportunity for us and our clients. Cambodia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and we know the demand for our services in the country is high – both from our existing client base, and from new and prospective clients,” said Rouse’s chief executive Luke Minford.
Rouse also has presence in other ASEAN countries including Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, and Indonesia.