Indonesian IP office and other government bodies limit operations due to covid-19

Indonesia
  • On 30 March 2020 the DGIP issued its latest notification regarding the limitation of physical contact due to the Covid-19 outbreak
  • The DGIP is closing its physical counters while optimising the online channels for IP matters until at least 21 April 2020
  • The online system remains available for, among other things, new trademark applications

 

Directorate General of Intellectual Property

The Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP), the Indonesian government agency that oversees IP rights in the country, issued its latest notification on 30 March 2020 regarding the limitation of physical contact due to the Covid-19 outbreak. During this period, all DGIP officers are working from home and accessing the system remotely. Therefore, the DGIP is closing its physical counters while optimising the online channels for IP matters. These conditions will remain in effect until at least 21 April 2020 (Circular Letter No HKI-OT.02.02-12)

Trademarks

The online system remains available for:

  • new trademark application filings;
  • responses to office actions; and
  • oppositions and rebuttals.

For all online filings, the original deadlines remain unchanged. Meanwhile, the Trademark Appeal Commission has declared that any appeal deadlines falling within the closure period will be extended until the situation is back to normal (the closure period currently runs until 21 April 2020, unless extended).

Patents

New applications can be filed online, and any submission (eg, formalities, responses to office action and annuities) with a deadline in the affected period will be postponed until further notice.

Other

The online filing of copyrights and industrial designs can be conducted normally during this period.

Courts

The Supreme Court has issued Circular Letter No 1 of 2020 regarding the Guidelines for the Implementation of Duties during the Covid-19 Prevention Period within the Supreme Court and the Lower Judicial Bodies.

The circular encourages judges to optimise their working-from-home system and e-court proceedings. Trials of all cases other than non-extendable criminal, military or Islamic criminal matters are suspended until the prevention period is over. However, the circular letter mentions that judges can determine the urgency of suspension at their discretion. Therefore, parties in IP cases need to check with the Commercial Court whether the examination of their cases has been suspended or not.

National Agency of Drug and Food Control

Offices of the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (NADFC, or BPOM in Indonesian) remain closed for walk-in filing and consultation until further notice. Their counters were open for service for the last time on 12 March 2020, and they officially closed for on-site services from 16 March 2020.

During this period, NADFC officials remain available for inquiry via email, messaging applications or phone calls, although waiting times may vary.

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