Indonesia

The introduction of post-grant opposition proceedings and online filing – as well as the rectification of longstanding problems surrounding the payment of annuities – has proven popular with IP practitioners and rights holders alike, as have the patent office’s efforts to recruit new examiners. However, on the enforcement side things remain unsettled; there is a persistent lack of confidence in the court system and a spate of recent rulings have been regarded as unclear. There is, then, still much room for improvement; Indonesia has a long way to go if it wants to catch up with other countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Firms

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

Am Badar & Partners

Flexing well-rounded technical expertise, long-established Jakarta boutique Am Badar is one of Indonesia’s IP stand-outs. It has a team of over 100 attorneys and handles well in excess of 8,000 patent applications each year. Not just a filing mill, however, it manages and develops portfolios astutely, too. On top of it all, the firm also has a strong reputation for its proficient handling of contentious matters, with a carefully cultivated network of foreign associates giving it a crucial edge. Nadia Ambadar is a key contact.

AMR Partnership

Independent outfit AMR Partnership serves up an all-inclusive menu of patent services from its south Jakarta office. Demonstrating technical flair in electronics, life sciences and mechanical engineering and leveraging decades of legal experience, the team reliably produces high-calibre work: its ISO 9001:2000 certification is testament to this. Commercially minded, the firm also scores top grades when it comes to monetising intellectual property. An engineering whizz who majors in chemicals, electronics and pharmaceuticals, Bambang Priyono – who conducted research into lithium-ion batteries for his PhD – provides indispensable licensing and portfolio strategy advice.

Biro Oktroi Roosseno

A byword for “professional, thorough and prompt” services, Biro Oktroi Roosseno has been moving and shaking on the Indonesian IP scene since the 1940s. The firm’s dynamism and keen eye for detail is frequently noted by interviewees, who are consistently greeted with “faultless” work. The firm has a reputation for being by its clients’ sides throughout every phase of the patent lifecycle – it has strength in prosecution, enforcement and licensing, and can boast a supporting corporate practice. Making sure that only the best work is delivered, Migni Myriasandra inspires confidence and oversees much of the set’s activities.

Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates

Boasting state-of-the-art internal systems, Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates operates with the utmost efficiency and reliability. It boasts extensive patent management and enforcement capabilities and is noted for its refined understanding of the commercial value of patents. An acknowledged leader in the field, Cita Citrawinda is “widely respected in Indonesia as a top patent expert” with a business brain.

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

Baker McKenzie’s Indonesia bureau is fully plugged into the mothership’s extensive international network, enabling it to provide seamless access to a global team of top technical and legal minds. On the domestic front it is best known for its portfolio management, litigation and transactional work in the electrical, chemical and mechanical fields. German-speaking Daru Lukiantono provides strong leadership to the organisation. A 20-year veteran, he is widely admired for his perspicacity across the contentious/non-contentious divide.

Januar Jahja & Partners

An outstanding prosecution practice is the jewel in Januar Jahja & Partners’ crown. Thinking about clients’ long-term business health at all times, it sews up watertight protection for innovations in a diverse array of technical fields. Always looking to add value, the team acquits itself with distinction when licensing patents and putting infringement disputes to bed. A former patent office director, partner Walter Simandjuntak is one of the most sure-footed operators on the market.

Rouse & Co International

A regional IP heavy-hitter, Rouse is renowned for both the exhaustiveness and sophistication of its IP offering. Safeguarding the IP, legal and business interests of key actors in a multitude of industry sectors, its forward-looking and down-to-earth approach appeals to burgeoning domestic enterprises and multinational companies alike. The firm recently scored a significant coup when Unilever migrated the management of its patent portfolio over to it. Founding partner Gunawan Suryomurcito is highly rated for his prosecution and enforcement dexterity.

SKC Law

Recognised for its lightning-fast response times, SKC Law is unwavering in its focus on results and does a top job tailoring its services and solutions to fit the needs of each client. Nothing is off limits for the firm, which serves as a one-stop shop for companies looking to protect, defend, enforce and commercially exploit their intangible assets. Nidya Kalangie is responsible for the prosecution of design patents for Yamaha Motor and utility patents for numerous other clients. For international companies, foreign advocate Andrew Conduit is also a key contact given his Indonesian language skills, and cultural and legal understanding.

Tilleke & Gibbins

With bases in seven countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region, Tilleke & Gibbins boasts unparalleled cross-border capabilities – a compelling draw for multinationals, many of which have consolidated their regional portfolios here. Tilleke’s sophisticated grasp of the Indonesian legal system further elevates its reputation for being a repository of trust. Recently appointed Jakarta office director Wongrat Ratanaprayul is a Thai patent agent admitted to practise in the United States. Leveraging a background in biotechnology, she undertakes life sciences patent work with diligence and enthusiasm, blending regulatory insights into her patent counsel very effectively. She has no problem communicating with inventors in other technology fields, either. Her renowned predecessor Somboon Earterasarun has relocated to Bangkok but continues to advise on Indonesian matters.

Individuals

  • Cita Citrawinda - Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates
  • Andrew Conduit - SKC Law
  • Nidya Kalangie - SKC Law
  • Daru Lukiantono - Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • Migni Myriasandra - Biro Oktroi Roosseno
  • Bambang Priyono - AMR Partnership
  • Wongrat Ratanaprayul - Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Walter Simandjuntak - Januar Jahja & Partners
  • Gunawan Suryomurcito - Rouse & Co International