Patents Are Dominated by Universities and LITBANG

Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DJKI) of Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) provides legal protection for inventors. It is in accordance with a vision of the DJKI mentioned on an official web of the DJKI, to be an intellectual property institute giving legal protection and to encourage innovations, creativity, and national economic growth.

Director of Paten, DTLST and Trade Secret of DJKI Dede Mia Yusanti stated that patent growth in Indonesia can refer to Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018. Indonesia ranked 36 of 127 countries.

“Applications for patents are elevating these recent two years and most of them are from higher education and LITBANG,” told Yusanti on a workshop on Intellectual Property and Patent Drafting Writing on Saturday (19/01) at Building of K.H. Ibrahim of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY).

She added that Indonesian people’s awareness of patents us low, particularly local industries. Patent protection will affect national economy; indeed, the protection is vital in this digital era.

On the other hand, the patents are dominated by foreign companies in Indonesia. In 2017, there were 14 thousand patent applications and only 15 percent are from Indonesia. Thus, we need to raise Indonesian people’s awareness of the patents.

“We would like to enhance DJKI services so that we always escalate public awareness of the significance of patents,” explained Yusanto.

Hence, patents owned by educational institutions and LITBANG research are expected to motivate industrial actors to innovate and care about their patents. “Innovation does not need to be complicated and sophisticated, but it can be simple and most importantly it benefits community as well as it can be commercialized,” maintained Yusanti.

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