Depok – Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) Ministry of Law and Human Rights (MoLHR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of Indonesia on sector of Intellectual Property comprising of education, research and community service.
Director General of Intellectual Property (DG of IP) Freddy Harris signed the MoU with Rector of University of Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Anis, at Rektorat Building of University of Indonesia, Thursday (04/07/2019).
Freddy Harris expect that as one of top universities, UI could be a role model for other universities in improving IP registration from universities, especially Patent and Copyright.
He also said that DGIP would enhance its human resources (HR) through formal education of graduate and doctor degree or tailormade short courses.
“Strong synergy with UI is expected to elevate the capacity of HR in DGIP, especially examiners,” said Freddy.
According to him, in comparison with developed countries of which IP drives their economy, DGIP lacks of IP examiners to complete rising IP application.
“We currently have 102 Patent examiners, eventhough there is backlog in examination, we continue to reduce the backlog,” said Freddy.
DGIP is strongly committed to complete patent backlog. Out of 8000 applications, DGIP has managed to reduce to 7000 application and the rest 1000 applications are under examination stage.
“All praise due to Allah alone from 8000, now there is only 1000 left,” said Freddy.
In addition to enhance the capacity of examiners, DGIP intends to establish an Ad Hoc patent examiners who are coming from other institutions who are considered experts. As amanded under Article 52 paragraph 2 of Patent Law, “Minister may request for assistance from experts and/or facilities required to conduct substantive examination.”
“Di Undang-undang Paten sudah disiapkan, pemeriksa Paten itu bisa pemeriksa Ad Hoc, pemeriksa Ad Hoc ini harapan kami dari universitas,” tutur Freddy.
At the same occasion, Rector of UI Muhammad Anis also wished that this cooperation can be synergized to contribute to the nation.
“Through education, research and community service, cooperation between Ministry of Law and Human Rights and UI is expected to give contribution of solving the problems encountered by nation,” he said.
Moreover, in the near future DGIP MoLHR and Law School of UI as well as IP Consultant Association will re-open Training and Education of Intellectual Property Consultant in Indonesia.
At the signing of the memorandum, Director of IP Cooperation and Empowerment Erni Widhyastari, Head of National Cooperation Sub Directorate Stephanie VY Kano, Dean of Law School, Dean of Social and Politic School, Deputy Dean for Public Administration School and researchers of University of Indonesia also attended the event.