DGIP Targets 45% of Domestic Patent Applications in 2023
Bandung - Increased protection of intellectual property (IP) is one of the government's efforts to encourage passion or passion for innovative creative activities in producing something new and useful. However, the responsibility for protecting IP does not only rest with the government, but can also be carried out by related agencies or institutions, including universities and research and development agencies.
Therefore, the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) is holding a Substantive Patent Completion Workshop for Universities/R&D/Business Actors in the West Java Region on 20 to 22 June 2023 at the Grand Mercure Hotel, Bandung.
Director of Patents, DTLST and Trade Secrets Yasmon said that DGIP as the main management unit for the intellectual property system in Indonesia really supports the role of universities and R&D agencies in producing creative works in the fields of innovation and technology, especially for patents.
"Higher education institutions and R&D agencies must be able to become good DGIP partners in the development of intellectual property systems, especially in patents to increase and encourage inventors to work as well as to increase domestic patent applications," said Yasmon.
Based on DGIP records, the receipt of patent applications based on the origin of the applicant from 1991 to 31 May 2023 was 161,827 applications from abroad and 35,835 applications from within the country for a total of 197,680 applications.
“It took 32 years. What can we see from this data? Of course, the mastery of technology at this time is more dominated by countries outside Indonesia, as illustrated by the number of patent applications from outside as much as 81% and only 18% of applications from Indonesia, "said Yasmon.
"Meanwhile, in the past 6 years the number of domestic patent applications has increased from year to year. We target that in 2023, with the massive activities carried out by DGIP, one of which is through workshops, technical guidance goes down to the regions, the number of domestic patent applications will at least reach 45%. That is our target this year," said Yasmon.
Furthermore, he said that during the outreach or guidance and assistance to inventors, he always reminded that if you want to apply for an invention for a patent, 3 main requirements must be considered, namely, novelty, inventive, and industrial applicability .
“However, there are other things that are no less important than the three main requirements. Inventors must also think about whether their patent has commercialization, economic and downstream potential," said Yasmon.
According to him, this is important because there are patents that have been granted and then abolished within 3-4 years. This is because patent owners cannot afford to pay patent maintenance fees.
"Why can't it? Because it doesn't make money. This will also be a burden for the IP Center, and the LPPM. Therefore, patent owners must know that they are obligated to pay patent maintenance fees to the state for 20 years for ordinary patents and 10 years for simple patents," explained Yasmon.
On the same occasion, Head of the Administrative Division of the West Java Kemenkumham Regional Office, Anggiat Ferdinan, expressed his appreciation for universities in West Java for the innovations that have been born. It is hoped that the holding of this activity will have an impact on more competitive innovations so that they can contribute to the national economy.
“Patents are important in driving innovation and technology, therefore understanding the substantive settlement of patents is important and crucial. Let's be enthusiastic and participate fully to increase domestic patents," he concluded.
As a note, the participants who attended this activity totaled 70 people consisting of representatives of IP Sentra/LPPM/IPR Center of Bandung Islamic University, Bandung Institute of Technology, Padjadjaran University, Bhakti Kencana University, Telkom University, Jenderal Ahmad Yani University, Gunung Jati Islamic University. Bandung, Bandung State Polytechnic and PUPR Research and Development.
On this occasion, five patent certificates were handed over to the Bandung Institute of Technology, Telkom University, Bandung Islamic University and Padjadjaran University.
Patent registration can be an indicator of technological progress and development, Indonesia has been an attractive country for patent protection from many countries in the world. Increasing patent protection is important for inventors and patent holders because it can motivate inventors to increase their work, both in quantity and quality in order to promote prosperity and create a healthy business climate.
There are more patent applicants from abroad than Indonesia, indicating that DGIP still has a big duty to educate about the importance of protecting innovation results in patents. On the other hand, this fact also illustrates that Indonesia has been trusted to be able to protect patents and recipients of foreign investment from many countries and multinational companies. Of course, this will also be a record of the patent law amendment process that is being planned in the national legislation program (Prolegnas).
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