Component 4 – Intellectual Property

Supporting the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, DG IPR

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.

Our programme in 2016 covers the following:

FIELD A: ENFORCEMENT

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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 socialization 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.

The following are the activities designed and planned under Enforcement field:

FIELD B: GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS (GI)

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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 socialization 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.

The following are the activities designed and planned under Geographical Indications field:

FIELD C: PATTENTS

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Protecting and managing Intellectual Assets is an important component of the innovation process, and is required to ensure that the benefits (including global revenues) of technologies and innovations created in Indonesia are captured within the national economy.

Intellectual Assets are defined more broadly than Intellectual Property (IP). Registrable IP includes patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeders’ rights. Non- registrable IP includes copyright, circuit layout rights, copyright in software etc. Intellectual Assets include trade secrets and know how such as unpatented inventions, formulas, processes, devices, patterns, design drawings, databases, operations manuals. Trade secrets and know how require careful management to safeguard their confidentiality.

DG IPR has requested support in developing further the processes of identifying, evaluating, protecting and managing IP, in particular registrable IP. Advice on managing non-registrable IP and the broader class of Intellectual Assets can also be considered.

Further, TCF interaction with RISTEK, Ministry of Industry and BPPT indicated that creation of intellectual assets is also an issue that needs to be investigated.  If Indonesia is to achieve the level of science and technology output sought by the Government, then there needs to be a lift in the number of protectable ide- as/assets in the first place.  Similarly, the role of IP protection in private sector companies needs to be evaluated to ensure that adequate support is been  given to that sector.

The following are the activities designed and planned under Patents field: