2 Dec 2016
INDONESIA: Faster Trademarking and Higher Infringement Fines Announced
Trademark registration will become a faster, leaner process under the terms of the country’s incoming Trademark and Geographical Indications Law. As well as reducing the assessment period from nine months to 150 days, the new legislation also cuts the permitted objection period (down from three to two months), while guaranteeing publication of any application within 15 days. Initial registration will also be recorded as the date when all forms are submitted and all relevant fees are paid.
The new regulations also expand the definition of a trademark to cover 3D logos, holograms and even sound records, while clarifying the grounds for the disqualification of applications. Additionally, provision has been made for fines for trademark infringement to be raised to a maximum of Rupiah 2 billion (US$148,000), up from 1 billion. Any infringements that lead to death or environmental damage will now entail a fine of Rupiah 5 billion and up to 10 years imprisonment.