Official fees increase
Indonesia has issued a new regulation increasing trademark costs.
As of July 3 2014 official fees have increased. Fees for one application were previously Rp1 million (just under $100), but the new regulation states that this now covers only up to 10 items in the specification for each class. For each additional 10 items, another identical fee is now charged. So, for example, an application in Classes 25 and 35 of the Nice Classification covering 24 and 8 items in the specification, respectively, is now calculated as below: Class 25: Rp3 million plus Class 35: Rp1 million, totalling Rp4 million (just under $400).
Multi-class application are available, and the same fees apply (Rp1 million (just under $100)) per class. Therefore, the two-class example above in effect bears twice the official fees now.
Whilst fee increases are never popular, Indonesia does charge too little for IP rights compared to other countries, which is reflected in the relatively lower quality of the infrastructure and results from the IP Office. It is hoped that the increased fees will be invested in better services for customers.
Nick Redfearn, Rouse, Indonesia
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