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Sovannara is an associate in the Cambodia office of Tilleke & Gibbins, focusing on intellectual property. His practices includes trademark, patent, domain name, and intellectual property enforcement work across Cambodia.

As an active defender of his clients’ intellectual property rights, Sovannara contributes to the protection of some of the world’s most recognizable brands by monitoring the activities of third parties and potential infringers, and working closely with the relevant authorities to bring those infringers to justice. He also regularly updates brand owners on legal developments in Cambodia—especially in relation to new application and renewal procedures for intellectual assets. He also works with the team to formulate effective intellectual property strategies and legal analyses for clients on an ongoing basis.

Sovannara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Norton University, and regularly attends training sessions on the latest developments in both local and international intellectual property law. He is fluent in English and Khmer.


  • Represented clients in trademark matters before the Department of Intellectual Property Rights within Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce. This includes filing trademark applications for registration, maintaining and defending trademark portfolios through recordal of changes/assignments, oppositions, cancellations, renewals, registration of license agreements, watch services, and other related actions.
  • Acted for multinational clients across their full range of needs relating to patents, utility models, and designs in Cambodia. This includes representing clients before the Department of Industrial Rights within Cambodia’s Ministry of Industry and Handicraft to file applications for registration, respond to office actions, record changes in application details, and pay annuities.
  • Advised a local company in the entertainment industry on its copyright-related agreements and reviewed the agreements, including a brand ambassadorship agreement, composer agreement, concert production agreement, performance agreement, and so on, in order to fit the client’s business objectives.
ABOUT Sovannara






    LLM, Royal University of Law and Economics

    BBA, Norton University


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