The DGIP issued a circular letter dated 30 September 2016 on the transition period of annuity payment system under Law No. 13 of 2016 regarding Patent (“New Patent Law”) which was enacted on 26 August 2016 (“Enactment Date”)
Under the New Patent Law, patent annuity payments must be made at the outset of the protection period, where previously they were due at the end of the protection period. In addition, the due date of the annuity fee will be based on the filing date instead of the granted date which may, in some cases, make the due date for annuity payments earlier.
As a supplement, the Circular explains as follows:
The DGIP will delete any and all patents with outstanding annuities after 30 December 2016. We strongly urge all patent holders in Indonesia to verify and confirm their annuity payments to ensure the continuation of their patent past 30 December 2016.
If you have any questions on the content of this IP Alert or wish to discuss anything about this matter in further detail, please feel free to contact: Endra A. Prabawa (Partner) or Ajeng Yesie Triewanty (Senior Associate).
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