Indonesia

After deliberating for eight months, the Indonesian House of Representatives has ratified the Job Creation Bill, also known as the Omnibus Law, which was enacted on 2 November 2020. Intended to support foreign investment, the law also introduced amendments to local patent laws, which includes reducing the time required to prosecute simple patents. Further, it broadened the working requirement for patents – it was previously compulsory for patent holders to work their patented invention in Indonesia within 36 months of grant or risk the patent becoming vulnerable to compulsory licensing or revocation.

Firms

  • Am Badar & Partners
  • AMR Partnership
  • Biro Oktroi Roosseno
  • Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates
  • Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Rouse
  • SKC Law
  • Tilleke & Gibbins

Am Badar & Partners

For over half a century, Am Badar & Partners has been processing some 8,300 patent applications annually in an ensemble of 100. Recognised by peers for its strength in portfolio management, the IP boutique has also developed a strong reputation among foreign associates for its well-rounded technical expertise. Annisa Ambadar is a key contact.

AMR Partnership

Fully compliant with the ISO 9001:2000 standards, AMR Partnership is an independent outfit that is dedicated to quality. Not only does the team fully cover domestic IP prosecution needs, its extensive network of more than 1,000 firms in 70 countries provides rights holders with regional and global solutions too. Backed by a PhD in metallurgical and materials engineering, senior counsel for patents Bambang Priyono is as well versed in advising on patent infringement as he is in drafting patents.

Biro Oktroi Roosseno

Recognised by peers for its “strength in IP prosecution”, Biro Oktroi Roosseno has been a mainstay in the Indonesian IP scene since the 1940s. With 30 technical experts on hand, the Jakarta-based family practice capably assists patrons in every phase of the patent lifecycle under the watchful eye of Migni Myriasandra.

Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates

A dynamic offering greets the clientele of Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates – from intellectual property, unfair competition to licensing and franchising, the firm can do it all. Supported by highly sophisticated internal systems, the team aims to deliver its services efficiently. A senior patent practitioner relied on for her sage advice, Cita Citrawinda has a strong reputation that puts her in high regard among her peers.

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)

Fully plugged into the firm’s extensive international network, Baker McKenzie’s Indonesia bureau is the trusted partner of multinationals and domestic companies alike. With the recent addition of two lawyers, the well-rounded set now boasts 12 legal practitioners and 25 IP specialists and administrators that manage patent portfolios and advise on IP commercialisation. In the past year they have been busy with search opinion work as well as assisting other practice groups with patent reviews, especially patent advisory related to the covid-19 pandemic. Besides leading the IP group, Daru Lukiantono works closely with successor Wiku Anindito on contentious matters.

Januar Jahja & Partners

For “very prompt and efficient service”, clients need look no further than Januar Jahja & Partners. While the IP firm is increasingly popular with Chinese companies, it is also well-positioned to prosecute patents for patrons across industries, having just added two patent specialists to its substantial team of nine. Although former patent officer director Walter Simandjuntak has bowed out into retirement, foreign associates and multinationals can continue to depend on New York-qualified attorney Andrew Diamond to handle patent matters in a variety of technical fields “with great competency”.

Rouse

At Rouse’s Jakarta outpost sits “a well-established firm with years of experience in patent prosecution and litigation”. Praised by service users for “offering customer-oriented services as well as giving appropriate advice and work based on their knowledge of technology, patent law and examination standards”, the outfit has earned the trust of multinational corporations for their comprehensive patent capabilities. As testament to that, Halliburton Energy Service recently handed over its Indonesian patent portfolio to the group of 16 IP consultants. Aside from captaining the patent department, Arifia Fajra prosecutes patents for the likes of British American Tobacco and tends to the needs of Unilever with global enforcement head Nicholas Redfearn. A favourite among Japanese companies, Lisa Yong garners high praise. “She acts in our best possible interest all the time, taking our requests seriously to provide win-win solutions. We also highly appreciate her frequent visits to our office to resolve obstacles that exist and presentations on a wide variety of IP topics.” A registered foreign lawyer who actively works with the Directorate General of Intellectual Property to provide feedback on examination guidelines, Kin Wah Chow rounds off the set.

SKC Law

Full-service IP practice SKC Law shines bright in the patent enforcement space, as a client fervently acknowledges: “Well-connected with law enforcement agencies and customs, the outfit organises and carries out enforcement actions in a professional manner, through a well-trained ensemble that can work under pressure and deal with challenging environments. They are also flexible and willing to adopt new strategies to satisfy customers’ requirements.” At the helm of the enforcement department is Purnomo Suryomurcito, who is representing Hensley Industries in patent rights enforcement through criminal infringement proceedings. Nidya Kalangie leads on the prosecution front – she is assisting Yamaha Motor in prosecuting their design patent portfolio. A fluent Bahasa Indonesian and Japanese speaker, foreign advocate Andrew Conduit is thoroughly familiar with the local IP landscape after spending two decades in the country.

Tilleke & Gibbins

“Very responsive and helpful in assisting us to meet our clients’ IP requirements, Tilleke & Gibbins renders fast and reliable IP solutions.” As one commentator states: “I very much appreciate that their communications are clear, concise and timely.” Foreign associates are not the only ones that depend on the 12-strong patent team for all their IP needs – companies across sectors such as Medicago Inc and Ping An Technology have also entrusted the firm with sophisticated patent applications, including trailblazing vaccine production technology. With the recent adoption of IP-specific legal technologies and two additions to the patent group, the regional heavyweight is ready to tackle any and every invention. Wongrat Ratanaprayul moved from Bangkok to take charge of the Jakarta office. Chemical engineer Irene Djalim is also one to watch: “Irene has provided us with consistent and timely advice when we had questions or issues for important biotechnology patent applications. She always went beyond just reciting the law or a boilerplate response; instead she worked with us on finding solutions and gave us straightforward answers. We now send all our patent work for Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand to her.”

Individuals

  • Wiku Anindito - Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Kin Wah Chow - Rouse
  • Cita Citrawinda - Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates
  • Andrew Conduit - SKC Law
  • Andrew Diamond - Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Arifia Fajra - Rouse
  • Nidya Kalangie - SKC Law
  • Daru Lukiantono - Baker McKenzie
  • Migni Myriasandra - Biro Oktroi Roosseno
  • Bambang Priyono - AMR Partnership
  • Wongrat Ratanaprayul - Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Nicholas Redfearn - Rouse
  • Purnomo Suryomurcito - SKC Law
  • Lisa Yong - Rouse