Intellectual Property

Knowledge embodied in people, institutions and new technologies can become an engine of economic growth

We are helping to foster the creation of a local culture concerning intellectual property rights (IPR) and are encouraging effective enforcement at the borders and across the regions. One of our key focuses is on Geographical Indications (signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin, such as champagne), which could be so important for the economic development of remote parts of Indonesia. We are currently working on helping to create and strengthen GIs and on showing how they can be better protected in national and international markets.


Enforcement is one of the main areas that we have covered in our work with the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DG IPR). A study mission to Shanghai in 2014, placements with the Groningen Customs office in the Netherlands in 2015, and workshops and socialisation of good practices within the directorate in 2015, has led to a good understanding of best practice in the seizure of counterfeit goods at customs.

In 2016 we will be providing on-demand technical assistance support in the area of IP enforcement as part of the development of customs regulations and trademark law.

To learn more about our activities in the area of enforcement, please click here.

Geographical Indications (GI)

Despite the upcoming registration of the first Indonesian GI in the EU, Gayo Arabica coffee, there is a need to strengthen the relatively weak existing GIs in Indonesia. We plan to achieve this in two ways: firstly the preparation of a comprehensive strategy and, secondly, the running of a pilot project based on one promising GI in order to help develop an example and methodologies for a well-functioning GI.

We anticipate that socialisation of the GI strategy and the demonstration of how GIs can be strengthened through the pilot project will highlight the immense potential of GIs in the economic development of remote areas of the country.

One of the key activities we have undertaken in this area over the past three years has been to follow up the exploratory talks between the EU and Indonesia regarding a possible Stand-Alone Agreement aimed at mutual recognition of GIs. In this regard, we believe that the registration of the first Indonesian GI in EU will have a very positive impact on the ongoing dialogue the two both parties.

To learn more about our work on Geographical Indications, please click here.