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Yasonna Laoly: IT Eases IP Registration and Reduces Illegal Levy

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Jakarta, Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna H. Laoly emphasized the importance of Information technology utilization in public services especially in the field of Intellectual Property (IP). Yasonna said that digitalization will ease Small and Medium Enterprises to file their IP registration so the number of application will be increased.

“The increasing number of trademark applications from Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Usaha Mikro Kecil dan Mengenah, UMKM) cannot be separated from the information technology utilization developed by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and assurance that there are no illegal levies in the process of registration of trademark application by Directorate General of Intellectual Property,” said Yasonna at the ceremony of Trademark Certificate Presentatioin for Cooperatives, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises of 2020 in Aula Oemar Seno Aji, Ex Sentra Mulia building, Jakarta Selatan, 17 July 2020.

Yasonna continued that the application for IP protection is important for developing country. He said that based on the research, a country with huge number on intellectual property registrations will likely have increased economic development compared with a country with the small IP registration.

Teten Masduki, Minister of Cooperatives and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises agreed with the statement. He added that there was an increase of business turnover by 33.60 percent mainly in the food and beverage sector. Therefore, Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs together with Ministry of Law and Human Rights collaborate to provide facilities and simplify the process of IP registration and affirmative policies for UMKM.

“The number of IP facilitation since 2015 to 2020 are 10.912,” said Teten on that occasion.

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MoLHR presented 118 certificates of Trademark to UMKM as a part of supporting national economic recovery. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, UMKM has contributed 60, 3% of the total Gross Domestic Product of Indonesia. UMKM also open 99% of employment that can absorb 97 percent of the workforce.

Director General of Intellectual Property, Freddy Harris expected that 20% of 64, 1 Million of UMKM in Indonesia would register their intellectual property.

"Our hope is only 20 percent of registeration, we already feel that there is a success for UMKM. The government must indeed encourage IPR registration," he said.

DGIP also made a target to increase Non-Tax State Revenue (Penerimaan Negara Bukan Pajak, PNBP) in the pandemic situation by information technology utilization. Freddy said that DGIP expected to reach 700-800 Billion Rupiah of PNBP until the end of 2020. Last year, DGIP targeted 500 Billion Rupiah of PNBP.

“Now, our examiners of intellectual property are Working From Home, but in the future they can Work from Anywhere” said Freddy.

“In the future, I am thinking of closing physical counter to avoid face-to-face meeting of peoples and reduce illegal levies,” he concluded.(GA)