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Monday, July 31, 2017

Improving Indonesia's trademark delays

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Indonesia’s IP office, the DGIPR currently has a backlog of 60,000 trademark applications. This stems partly from the old law, the system under which was rather slow, typically 3 years or more to registration. But now under the new law they need to speed up to improve and meet Madrid deadlines. So they have announced efforts to improve the speed.

The DGIP hopes to cut the claimed backlogs to 45,000 by the end of 2017. They say the main areas of delay are in consumer goods such as F&B, cosmetics and clothing. Indonesian businesses file 70% of trademarks so bear the brunt of the problem, especially with a growing economy. Currently there are only 60 trademark examiners, with each examining around 20 applications per day. DGIPR are trying to increase manpower by recruiting new trademark examiners.

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