Endra Prabawa, partner at Roosdiono & Partners (a member of ZICO Law) was featured by Asialaw Profiles in an online article discussing Indonesia’s new Trade Mark laws.
The new laws (“New TM Law”) came into effect on November 2016 and are aimed at streamlining the trademark application process and provide greater protection for trademark owners in Indonesia.
Endra, who heads the Intellectual Property practice in Indonesia, was positive about the changes and noted that, ““It takes one and a half to three years for registration, but the new law can cut the process down to eight to 10 months.”
Endra further added that whilst the laws were a good step forward there is still room for further improvement. “Generic trade marks are still allowed, this causes issues when anybody can put a word before or after original name and register it as a trade mark, which is not fair for the original brand owner.”
The incoming changes in the New TM Law are in response to a growing need to improve the trademark application and renewal process in Indonesia as well as to further secure registered trademarks in Indonesia. Ultimately this move is hoped to help protect foreign and local trademark owners as well as to position Indonesia’s IP policy to be in be in keeping with the global marketplace.
Read the full article here.