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ASEAN: Amendment of the Indonesian patent law

Indonesia enacted a new patent law (Law No. 13 of 2016) which became effective as of 26 August 2016. Some major provisions are as follows:

  • Introduction of online filing
  • Extension of the scope of "simple patents" (utility models). These were granted previously only for visible improvements of existing product patents. According to the new law, simple patents may also be granted for new inventions or improvements related to processes.
  • Stronger protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge
  • Changes regarding protection of pharmaceuticals to facilitate public access to affordable medicine

A full text of the new law is available on WIPO's website under  

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