Indonesia

The Indonesian Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) has been busy enhancing trademark services, for instance, by launching a new e-filing system that makes it compulsory for IP applications to be filed electronically. Meanwhile the Trademark Office has welcomed fresh leadership, with Mohamad Aliamsyah appointed the new director of trademarks and geographical indication. It also started considering letters of consent when reviewing responses to office actions, which offers brands and companies an improved chance of success when it comes to more difficult cases.

Firms: enforcement and litigation

  • Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Rouse
  • SKC Law
  • K&K Advocates - Intellectual Property
  • Tilleke & Gibbins

Firms: prosecution and strategy

  • Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Rouse
  • SKC Law
  • Am Badar & Partners
  • AMR Partnership
  • Biro Oktroi Roosseno
  • Iman Sjahputra & Associates
  • Inter Patent Office
  • K&K Advocates - Intellectual Property
  • Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Acemark
  • AFFA Intellectual Property Rights - Indonesia & Timor Leste 
  • Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates
  • George Widjojo & Partners
  • HeruLukito & Partners
  • Spruson & Ferguson

Acemark

Acemark is tightknit IP firm known for its comprehensiveness when it comes to prosecution matters. The practice covers trademark, copyright, domain name, and portfolio management, while its affiliation with Amir Syamsuddin & Partners Law Offices allows the team to engage in contentious matters for clients. Leading the business-savvy practice is managing director Yenny Halim, who has over a decade of experience in the industry.

AFFA Intellectual Property Rights - Indonesia & Timor Leste 

IP boutique Affa Intellectual Property Rights dedicates all of its resources to ensuring that clients receive top-tier trademark services. The firm’s commitment, along with its technical expertise and legal experience, work in tandem to deliver pragmatic and effective solutions to clients. Managing director Achmad Fatchy is the first port of call.

Am Badar & Partners

Having been in the Indonesian market for 50 years, Am Badar & Partners has built a reputable practice for both contentious and non-contentious matters. A top choice for foreign associates, the full-service IP firm has a solid understanding of global markets and the role of intellectual property in commercial growth. Annisa Am Badar not only leads a formidable litigation practice, she also delivers innovative prosecution strategies.

AMR Partnership

AMR Partnership offers tried and true wisdom in all aspects of intellectual property. From registration and enforcement through to licensing, the IP boutique does it all. Its diverse specialties – encompassing geographical indications, design and copyright – contribute to a well-rounded trademark practice, which is coveted by local and foreign clients alike. A leading figure in the IP industry, founding partner Amalia Rosseno boasts 40 years of experience. Unmatched in knowledge, Rosseno sets that standard to which junior practitioners aspire.

Biro Oktroi Roosseno

Having been a fixture on the IP scene for six decades, Biro Oktroi Roosseno is one of the longest-established firms in Indonesia, dedicated to providing holistic and top-notch strategies to help clients grow their IP presence. A leading figure, Migni Myriasandra is the granddaughter of founder R Roosseno.

Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates

Founder Cita Citrawinda established her own firm in 2004 after leaving Biro Oktroi Roosseno. She deals primarily with trademark, patent, copyright and industrial design matters and has cultivated a reputation for a business-friendly approach.

George Widjojo & Partners

Based in Jakarta, George Widjojo & Partners offers stellar services in trademark clearance, registration, designs, copyright and domain names, as well as cost-effective solutions for portfolio management and brand protection to advance clients’ commercial interests.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, the Indonesian branch of global behemoth Baker McKenzie, serves up gold-standard advice and services with a team of experienced and forward-thinking professionals. Relied upon by a slew of high-profile brands, the team never fails to bring impeccable knowledge of the local market matched with global resources and perspectives to help clients to identify commercial opportunities and solutions. Leading the IP group, Daru Lukiantono covers all areas of brand management, brand litigation and data protection. Clients are full of praise for the side: “The goal for excellence is apparent and Daru and his team delivers!” Wiku Anindito hones his craft registering and extending protection for trademarks, advising on enforcement actions and litigation matters, and representing clients in IP transactional matters.

HeruLukito & Partners

IP boutique HeruLukito & Partners has earned recognition for its laser focus on innovation and streamlined services. No stranger to intellectual property, founder Heru Lukito has knowledge across various sectors, from retail and luxury goods to pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. With 13 years of experience under his belt, Lukito uses his expertise to cultivate a practice that caters to small and large companies alike.

Iman Sjahputra & Associates

Debuting in the WTR 1000 off the back of enthusiastic praise from clients and peers, Iman Sjahputra & Partners is an IP boutique that offers end-to-end services. With 30 years in the scene, it has a track record of delivering bulletproof advice and strategies, and a knack for catering to both small and large companies, domestic and foreign. Described as “very dedicated to their jobs” and “always eager to lend a hand”, the IP team is known for its work with a host of big name US and Japanese clients, including Alexander Wang and ABC Co. IP expert Willy Isananda is a jack of all trades when it comes to trademark prosecution and enforcement. His intuitive understanding of his clients’ needs and ability to anticipate obstacles make him one of the most sought-after contacts at the firm.

Inter Patent Office

A boutique IP firm based in Jakarta, Inter Patent Office is a key player in both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particular specialty in trademark portfolio management. Its clients hail from the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, financial institutions, manufacturing and food and beverage industries. Managing partner Hendra Widjaya is an authority on IP matters for Indonesian conglomerates and well-known domestic brands. For clients such as PT Terang Dunia Internusa and PT Dexa Medica, Widjaya has proven well-rounded expertise on both the contentious and non-contentious sides of intellectual property. Anny Gunadi advises domestic clients on portfolio management and outbound work, as well as international clients looking to expand their portfolios in Indonesia. She has also been assisting clients to establish communications and publish trademark cautionary notices in East Timor.

Januar Jahja & Partners

Widely considered one of the strongest IP sides in Indonesia, Januar Jahja & Partners lives up to its name by consistently delivering formidable litigation strategies and novel prosecution approaches, seeing a record high in the number of prosecution cases filed in the last year. Leading this gold-standard firm is the “strong, powerful and successful combination of expat American husband, Andrew Diamond, who has a sophisticated understanding of the needs and constraints of foreign clients, and native Indonesian wife, Prudence Jahja, who knows the legal intricacies and practice folklore of the Indonesian IP system”. Through them, the firm provides “insightful, practical advice in terms that US and foreign clients can understand, and they get results”. While Diamond manages outgoing work for clients looking to expand globally, Jahja commands excellent knowledge of the domestic IP market and formulates actionable strategies. Clients are full of praise for the pair. “After dealing with another firm in Indonesia for decades, Jahja’s clarity of communication and clear understanding of the issues were, quite frankly, a relief.” “Their entire team is incredibly responsive. We do not need to worry about a lot of back and forth as communication is always smooth.”

K&K Advocates - Intellectual Property

K&K Advocates is not only an active member in the IP legal scene, but it regularly gets involved with government bodies responsible for developing IP and technology laws and regulations. Through various government outreach programmes and public sector work, the IP boutique has its ear to the ground when it comes to the IP market and new developments. Managing partner Justisiari Perdana Kusumah is an IP veteran who oversees the litigation and enforcement team, as well as the commercial IP practice group. He also chairs the Indonesia Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, as well as the Indonesian IP Consultant Association. Leading the non-contentious team is Risti Wulansari, who also oversees the commercial IP, telecoms and IT division. She regularly handles the prosecution of trademarks and geographical indication, and also advises clients on transactions and licensing opportunities.

Rouse

Head and shoulders above its peers in Indonesia, the local member of the Rouse international network, Suryomurcito & Co, lays claim to the highest number of ranked individuals in this chapter. Running like a well-oiled machine, the team draws upon “very good knowledge and experience on anti-counterfeiting matters in Indonesia to provide timely and practical advice”. “Always on time, they are a reliable partner that does an excellent job. Their work is so fast, detailed, and gives a good explanation.” Founder Gunawan Suryomurcito has unmatched experience in enforcement and IP protection, and stands tall as one of the key players in the jurisdiction when it comes to contentious matters. The newest head of enforcement Nicholas Redfearn regularly handles anti-counterfeiting, anti-piracy, trademark and litigation matters. He recently acted on behalf of Jack Daniel’s Properties and Levi Strauss in a string of prosecution and enforcement matters, respectively. Drawing upon his experience in Singapore, China and Hong Kong, registered foreign attorney Kin Wah Chow works across industries such as media and merchandising, luxury car manufacturing, liquor and industrial equipment, to manage dispute resolution and advise clients on reclaiming marks registered by local companies. After a stint in Thailand and the Philippines, Lisa Yong brings her regional expertise to Indonesia, where she recently assisted ExxonMobil, Starbucks and Amazon in a series of prosecution matters and brand protection efforts. Yurio Astary specialises in portfolio management for clients from a range of industries including personal care, financial services, tobacco, luxury goods and pharmaceutical sector. “It is clear that Yurio and her team know what they are doing. They are professional in handling the work and they are communicative in giving us the details on what needs to be done and the relevant solutions.” Tania Lovita heads up the dispute resolution team, while also handling commercial matters.

SKC Law

“What makes SKC Law stand out from the competition is the lengths is it willing to go to provide the best service for its clients. Each matter has a clear timeline with periodic updates. Lawyers go the extra mile whenever we have questions or need confirmation, and they have good relations with the Indonesian Trademark Office, which is very important should there be a need to follow up on any delay or questions.” The full-service IP firm covers the full spectrum of issues, with an in-house investigations team on hand to assist with enforcement. “They are creative and think out of the box. The best solution is not always the most obvious and they will take the time to find it in the forest of paragraphs.” Clients appreciate innovative approaches to obstacles, as well as the tailored solutions and strategies that put their needs front and centre. Nidya Kalangie and Andrew Conduit lead a formidable practice that covers both contentious and non-contentious matters. While Kalangie oversees trademark prosecution and lends her expertise to the litigation and IP commercial practices, Conduit offers specialised knowledge in dispute resolution and assists foreign companies with expanding their IP portfolios in Indonesia. With Conduit, Purnomo Suryomurcito advises the likes of Nike and Honda Motors. Having been in the practice for 15 years, Suryomurcito is widely considered the go-to authority when it comes to IP litigation. He dispenses practical advice and comes up with clever tactics for criminal raids and investigative work.

Spruson & Ferguson

A well-regarded IP firm with a solid presence across Asia, Spruson & Ferguson has offices in Singapore, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Based in Jakarta, the IP team offers comprehensive and timely responses tailored to every client’s needs and business goals – whether it is an international company looking to expand in Indonesia or a domestic company expanding their portfolios, the set can offer a regional and global perspective.

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins has a strong presence across the Southeast Asian region. The firm recently witnessed an increasing demand for online and offline enforcement services, prompting the group to strengthen its enforcement practice. Praised by clients for its fast response times and regional knowledge of IP matters, the IP team has a commanding grasp of strategies and commercial opportunities, making it an all-round favourite. Since 2017, it has been helmed by Wongrat Ratanaprayul, whose encyclopaedic knowledge of local, regional and international IP markets has impressed clients, including BMW and Xiaomi in trademark prosecution, and Audi and Amazon in trademark opposition proceedings.

Other recommended experts

At Lubis Santosa & Maramis, Dini Tobing actively involves herself in trademark protection, enforcement and litigation work. Primastuti Purnamasari left Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners to set up her own firm, Pillari ELK, where she focuses on offering the full spectrum of IP services to provide clients with tailored and progressive solutions.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Prudence Jahja - Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Daru Lukiantono - Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Purnomo Suryomurcito - SKC Law
  • Wiku Anindito - Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Kin Wah Chow - Rouse
  • Andrew Conduit - SKC Law
  • Andrew Diamond - Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Nidya Kalangie - SKC Law
  • Justisiari Perdana Kusumah - K&K Advocates - Intellectual Property
  • Tania Lovita - Rouse
  • Primastuti Purnamasari - Pillari ELK
  • Wongrat Ratanaprayul - Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Nicholas Redfearn - Rouse
  • Hendra Widjaya - Inter Patent Office
  • Lisa Yong - Rouse

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Prudence Jahja - Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Nidya Kalangie - SKC Law
  • Daru Lukiantono - Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Annisa Am Badar - Am Badar & Partners
  • Wiku Anindito - Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Yurio Astary - Rouse
  • Kin Wah Chow - Rouse
  • Cita Citrawinda - Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates
  • Andrew Conduit - SKC Law
  • Andrew Diamond - Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Achmad Fatchy - AFFA Intellectual Property Rights - Indonesia & Timor Leste
  • Anny Gunadi - Inter Patent Office
  • Yenny Halim - Acemark
  • Willy Isananda - Iman Sjahputra & Associates
  • Heru Lukito - HeruLukito & Partners
  • Migni Myriasandra - Biro Oktroi Roosseno
  • Primastuti Purnamasari - Pillari ELK
  • Wongrat Ratanaprayul - Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Nicholas Redfearn - Rouse
  • Amalia Rosseno - AMR Partnership
  • Dini C Tobing - Lubis Santosa & Maramis
  • Hendra Widjaya - Inter Patent Office
  • Risti Wulansari - K&K Advocates - Intellectual Property 

Luminaries

  • Gunawan Suryomurcito - Rouse