The Directorate General of Intellectual Property of Indonesia proposed several amendments to the current Patent Law No. 14 2001 as it may no longer be relevant to the ever changing technology and rapid growth of innovation both in Indonesia and overseas. The amendment also aims to increase the number or patent applications from Indonesia through incentives, e-filing system and easier annuity payment method. The suggested amendments also include the provision of outsourced role of substantive examination to external patent examiners. Another provision that is worth highlighting is the obligation by the patent applicant to identify the origin of Genetic Resource and/or Traditional Knowledge in a patent description document if the invention is related to Genetic Resource and/or Traditional Knowledge. The proposed amendments are currently under discussion at the House of Representatives of Indonesia. We believe the Amendment will be passed by the end of 2016. For a comprehensive article regarding the amendments to the Indonesian patent law,
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