According the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a trademark is a sign which is capable of distinguishing the goods or services of an enterprise from those of other companies (1). Trademarks are protected by intellectual property rights.
In Indonesia, trademark registration is regulated under Law Number 15 of 2001- Trademark Act- which is competence of the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights (DGIP). In this aspect, the Indonesian Government amended the Act and passed the ‘New Trademark and Geographical Indication Law’ (Law Number 20 of 2016) on the 27thof October 2016 (2).
Why register your trademark
In any country, owing a commercial trademark brings considerable advantages to a company. However, each country offers its own benefits of particularities. In Indonesia, the following points must be taken into account:
Steps to register your trademark
Before enlisting the steps in the following table, it is recommended to hire an intellectual property right consultant to process the trademark registration:
|Formality check (15 days maximum).|
|It must be written in Bahasa.|
|Applicants’ name, nationality and address.|
|Thorough description of the colors, logos and design of the trademark.|
|Payment justification to the Directorate General.|
|The application will enter examination stage for 150 days if there is no other party applying in the publication period. If this happens, they will be examined at the same time.|
|The examination does not last longer than 9 months.|
|The examination is competence of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.|
|If the examination is successful, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights will submit a registration certificate and publish the trademark in the State Gazette.|
|During this publication phase, any party can oppose the process through a written objection.|
|If this succeeds, an examination and investigation must be carried out.|
(2) Thus, the process can take from 12 to 24 months.
Common reasons for refusal
There are different reasons why a trademark can possibly not be granted:
Consequences of Trademark Law infringement
General infringements are punished with a fine of 2 billion IDR whilst if the infringement has as a consequence human death or environmental damage, the fine will rise up to 5 billion IDR.