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What you should know about investing in Indonesia from an IP perspective?

IP matters, as one of the vital elements within investment activities, should be one of the main concerns of any investor thinking of entering the Indonesian market. There are at least three important IP aspects that investors need to consider.

First, the investor needs to ensure their trademark registration status in Indonesia. The investor may check the likelihood of success of the registration through the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Office (DGIP) website (dgip.go.id) or contact any registered Indonesian IP Consultant whose names are listed on the DGIP website.

Second, the nature of trademark protection is declaration-based registration. Understanding the trademark registration timeframe is vital as a legal course of action may only be carried out once the trademark application has been filed.

Third, the investor should also be aware of other provisions relating to their products required by relevant regulations. For example, some certain products such as drugs, foods, supplements should comply with the requirements stipulated under the provision National Drug and Food Control Agency (Badan Pengawas Obat dan Makanan – ’BPOM’) and some products which require compliance with and need to be registered for Indonesian National Standards (Standar Nasional Indonesia –SNI) such as helmets and electrical goods.

Protecting your brand via timely registration of a trademark and compliance with product specific regulations are essential for the investor to protect their intellectual property rights, but also to protect the marketing of the products.


Maya Ghita Gunadi, partner,
K&K Advocates – intellectual property

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