Indonesia To Establish IP Strategy
30 May 2022
In its preparation for establishing the National Intellectual Property Strategy, Indonesia has bolstered efforts to encourage initiatives from parties such as business players, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), and universities, as well as efforts to bring the commercialization of IP to generate economic benefits.
One way was for the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) to implement various supporting policies, such as the launch of the Intellectual Property Online (IPROLINE) application system in August 2019 and the launch of the latest Virtual Counter for patent applications in February 2022, which allows IP applications to be processed online.
"I think the National Intellectual Property Strategy will have a significant impact on Indonesia and IP in general, because it encourages the commercialization of IP to generate economic benefits, including increasing non-tax state revenue (PNBP)," says Melinda Ambrizal, an IP Consultant at the Tilleke & Gibbins in Jakarta, Indonesia. "Based on the current non-tax state revenue (PNBP) rates for IP registrations, there are lighter official fees specifically for MSMEs and for local educational institutions. In addition, the online filing via IPROLINE and the Virtual Counter allows applicants to register their products or services online, which makes the process much easier. Thus, the National Intellectual Property Strategy provides benefits for many parties, including inventors, businesses, brand owners, and others."
She adds that, however, the appreciation of IP in Indonesia is still relatively low, and some people still think that IP registration is not necessary.
"Further, IP enforcement in Indonesia can be challenging and does not always get the desired results," she says. "There is a lot of room for Indonesia to improve in the area of IP commercialization. I think the government needs to do more to raise public awareness about IP, implement more policies and regulations that can promote IP, and take steps to further strengthen IP enforcement."
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