The number of patents granted by the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) of Indonesia has experienced rapid growth recently, which exceeds 175 per cent in 2018.
This rapid increase encourages the DGIP to strengthen their capacity for the search and examination of applications, and improve the quality of patents and services through a better IT system. In addition, the Indonesian government is currently prioritising innovation and technology.
To achieve this goal, EPO President António Campinos and the head of DGIP of Indonesia, Freddy Harris, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Reinforced Partnership between their two offices at the EPO in Munich, Germany, on 21st November 2019.
The collaboration between the EPO office and Indonesia will take effect over the next five years, and is considered strategic as it will make the Indonesian patent system more efficient and user-friendly.
The EPO’s Reinforced Partnership program builds on the Office’s technical co-operation and seeks to establish ambitious, long-term partnerships in strategic and technical areas of mutual interest. It aims to further develop and strengthen the global patent system by extending the network of partner offices who systematically use EPO work products, tools and practices to increase the capacity, productivity and quality of the patent-grant process.
The program provides improved conditions for companies and inventors filing patents internationally and fosters local innovation by supporting the partner offices in delivering improved services to local applicants. DGIP is the second intellectual property office in Southeast Asia to launch a Reinforced Partnership with the EPO, and the sixth office worldwide, following the signature of agreements with South Africa, Ethiopia, Argentina, Malaysia and Mexico.
By: Patent Team, Biro Oktroi Roosseno Indonesia