Protect Your Intellectual Property through Trademark Registration in Indonesia

Protect Your Intellectual Property through Trademark Registration in Indonesia

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 19 December 2023
  • 3 minute reading time

Trademark registration in Indonesia is crucial in enhancing a company’s global competitiveness by protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). For foreign companies expanding into developing markets like Indonesia, securing IP protection is vital for assuring a return on investment through innovation. 

However, despite limited resources, understanding the benefits of intellectual property (IP) and its protection is essential, especially when facing the risks of IPR infringements in Indonesia and core domestic markets.

What is intellectual property in Indonesia?

In Indonesia, Intellectual property comprises a wide range of “creations of the mind,” including inventions, literature, art, designs, symbols, and other intangible assets. As businesses and technologies advance, new forms of IP, such as geographical indications, sound trademarks, three-dimensional trademarks, and holograms, are gaining recognition. 

Just like physical assets, intellectual assets can generate revenue for a company, but they also face the risk of theft or misuse by others. Therefore, trademark registration in Indonesia is a solution to mitigate the problems.

Protecting intellectual property in Indonesia

Trademark registration in Indonesia is one of the primary methods of safeguarding intellectual property. Businesses must be aware of various assets protected under Indonesian law, including:

  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Industrial designs
  • Copyrights
  • Geographical indications
  • Trade secrets

Trademark registration in Indonesia is important as they legally differentiate a brand or product. Registering a trademark in Indonesia grants the owner exclusive rights and the ability to take legal action against unauthorized use within the country.

Trademark registration in Indonesia – A step-by-step guide

The Indonesian trademark system follows the ‘first-to-file’ approach. To protect trademarks in Indonesia, companies must provide adequate documentation, such as trademark registrations from other countries, to establish the mark’s reputation.

Indonesian courts value trademark registrations from well-known and established nations, including Europe, Japan, Canada, and the United States. Registrations in neighboring Southeast Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand and populous nations like China and India are also esteemed.

It is advisable to include representative countries from other continents to demonstrate the brand’s global recognition.

The registration process also covers unconventional markings like three-dimensional trademarks, sound marks, holograms, and provisions related to the Madrid Protocol, facilitating Indonesia’s participation in the worldwide trademark registration system.

Typically, the registration process takes between 36 and 42 months from the trademark submission to completion.

Engage with InCorp Indonesia’s Trademark Registration Service

For foreign investors seeking trademark protection in Indonesia, working with a local IP consultant who will act on their behalf during the application process is essential. InCorp Indonesia, a reputable IP consultant, offers trademark registration services to ensure smooth and efficient application processing.

InCorp Indonesia performs comprehensive checks to confirm that the desired trademark is not already registered and ensures compliance with the Trademark Act, respecting both religious and public values in Indonesia.

The company also translates the necessary documents into Indonesian, as the application must be presented in the local language.

Once the research is complete, InCorp Indonesia will handle all necessary preparations and the submission of the trademark registration in Indonesia. For further details, contact our experts by filling out the form below. 

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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Frequent Asked Questions

How an application is handled is based on a "first-come-first-served" basis. If you delay your trademark registration, somebody else may have registered your trademark first. You will then lose your unique trademark.

You can transfer the license as long as your current local distributor agrees to change the product license holder. The procedure will be different for each product category. We can only recommend you try to prevent these issues by setting cooperation with a trustworthy partner from the beginning

Before you can distribute your products in Indonesia, you will have to register your product with the BPOM (National Agency of Food and Drugs) and MoH (Ministry of Health). Only an Indonesian legal entity can register the product. If you decide to distribute your product via a local distributor, they will register the product under their entity in Indonesia and become the product license holder. Cekindo can act as your local distributor and register the product under its name.