Major international treaties signed
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) effective 5 September 1997
  • Paris Convention effective 24 December 1950
  • Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
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Average time to obtain a patent 24 to 48 months from PCT national phase entry
24 to 48 months from the filing date for Paris Convention entry
24 months from the filing date for Simple patent
Official language for patent prosecution
Bahasa Indonesia
Non-patentable subject matter
  • Any process or product that contravenes the prevailing rules and regulations, religious morality, public order or ethics
  • Methods of examination, treatment, medication, and/or surgery applied to humans and /or animal
  • Discoveries or scientific theories
  • Mathematical formulae
  • Living creatures (excluding micro-organisms)
  • Biological processes for reproduction of plants and animals (excluding microbiological processes).
Grace period for prior disclosure or sale 6 months before the Indonesian filing date (for experiments, R&D or disclosure to learned community)
Major prosecution events Paris Convention entry:12 months from priority

National phase entry: 31 months from priority

Request for Examination:36 months from filing

Payment of first annual fees or backfees: within 6 months from issuance of notice of grant

Renewals of patents:Every year

Filing and prosecution procedures Stage 1: Filing
Stage 2: Formality Examination
Stage 3: Publication & Opposition (if any)
Stage 4: Substantive Examination
Stage 5: Grant
Stage 6: Renewal/ Annuity
Extension of office action deadlines Available
Necessary document for filing Power of Attorney
Deed of Assignment*English translation is additionally required for documents not originally in English (e.g. patent specification)
Pharmaceutical Data Exclusivity Laws Not available
Search and Examination The Patent Office conducts its own Search and Examination but favours Search and Examination reports issued in prescribed countries such as US, UK, Australia, Japan and South Korea and mostly from European Patent Office
Opposition term 6 months during publication period
Term of patent protection 20 years commencing from the filing date for PCT and Paris Convention application
10 years commencing from the filing date for Simple Patent
Patent term extension Not available
Restoration of lapsed patent Not available
Parallel Imports Patent Law no. 14 of 2001 regulates that parallel imports are not permissible, however, in practice, this is still difficult to implement due to a lack of coordination between the IP office and customs office
Other forms of patents (e.g. Petty/innovation patents) Simple Patent: A maximum of one invention is allowable.

The scope of invention for simple patents has been expanded to include new inventions – or developments of existing products or processes –  that may be applied within an industry.

Useful links Patent Agents & Attorneys in Indonesia
Infringement offence Available
Specialised courts for IP Not available
Outline of the enforcement steps Cease and Desist Letter
Infringement lawsuit
Relief against groundless threats Regulated but cannot be implemented due to lack of technical regulation
Declaration of non-infringement Not available
Preliminary injunctions Available
Time frame for various legal actions Revocation – 6 to 8 months for first instance and 8 to 12 months for Cassation
Infringement proceeding – 6 to 8 months for first instance and 8 to 12 months for CassationAppeal against decision to grant – within 9 months from date of notification of grant.
Alternative dispute resolution Mediation
Availability of damages and other relief for infringement Injunction
Loss of revenue
Civil remedies Not Available
Criminal Sanctions Penalty
Jail sentence (max. 4 years)