Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP), Ministry of Laws and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia, have been exchanging contacts and visits with the International Trademark Association (INTA).
First part of the exchange occurred when INTA delegates recently made an audience with the Director General of Intellectual Property, Min Usihen, at the DGIP Office in South Jakarta. A return visit was soon made by a DGIP delegates chaired by the Director of IP Investigation and Dispute Settlement, Anom Wibowo, to INTA Headquarters in New York.
Received by the Enforcement Director of INTA, Irish Gunther, DGIP delegates highlighted a number of efforts that had been carried out by the agency especially in fighting distribution of counterfeited goods through online platforms, including DGIP’s plan to sign memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the big five of e-commerce platforms in Indonesia.
Director Irish responded that she highly appreciated what has been done by DGIP, and promised to send representatives from INTA’s regional office to attend the MoU signing. On behalf of INTA, Director Irish also expressed her commitment to continue the dialogue with the DGIP, either through direct or online meetings.
From the registration side, the Director General of IP, Min Usihen, has recently taken the oath of four new senior expert trademark examiners. The ceremony took place at the DGIP office in Jakarta on May 29, 2023. In her speech, Director General Min highlighted the continuous increase of trademark registration application annually, which presents the entire staff of the Directorate of Trademark – particularly the examiners – with equally increasing challenge and responsibility. She also expressed her expectation on full display of integrity and professionalism from the staff in doing their job, especially since the year 2023 has been officially declared as the year of trademark, with the DGIP launched a priority program called One Village One Brand.
Aside from the four new senior expert trademark examiners, during the same occasion the Director General also inaugurated Arry Ardanta Sigit as the new member of the Patent Appeal Commission. Arry Ardanta Sigit himself is not a new face to the DGIP, as he started his public service career in the agency, where he held the responsibility as Director of Cooperation as well as Director of Information Technology during the 2000s.