Public awareness for the protection of Intellectual Property has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. This could be seen from the number of IP assets registration in the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) compared to last year.
DGIP recorded a surge to Rp250 billion of the income of intellectual property registration fees. Last year, this number was only around Rp130 billion in the same period. The online system that has been implemented may have also made it easier for the public to register their IP.
According to the Director-General of Intellectual Property, Freddy Harris, it could be a good sign that Indonesian people are more concerned with their Intellectual Property. They are starting to recognize the value of art, brand, industrial design, and other elements that can be protected by law and their economic potential.
"In copyright registration, Just a few years ago, only around 3,000 copyrights were registered and now there are approximately 21,000 copyrights. The same thing happened for domestic patent registrations, which used to be only 10 percent, now slowly going up to 15 percent, " remarked the Director-General.
Ira Aprilianti, a researcher at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), said that protection of copyrights could encourage economic growth because copyright owners have economic rights that enable them to obtain financial rewards from the use of their work by others.Copyright protection can promote creativity and innovation. In addition to economic rights, they also have moral rights that protect non-economic interests.
The Director General of Intellectual Property was also aware that foreign companies still dominate the number of patent registration in Indonesia, unlike trademark. Based on the DGIP database, patent registration by foreign parties in Indonesia was still around 80-90 per cent.
Therefore, it takes the role of many parties in encouraging Indonesian people to value their intellectual property.
(Source: http://www.dgip.go.id; www.medcom.id)
By: IP Team, Biro Oktroi Roosseno Indonesia