The following increases to official fees for trademark applications and renewals in Indonesia took effect on November 10, 2016:
- Official fees of IDR 2 million per class are payable regardless of the number of goods/services. Under the previous fee structure, additional fees were payable for goods/services in excess of the first ten items per class.
- Official fees of IDR 2.5 million per class are payable for renewals filed six months before the due date; and official fees of IDR 4 million per class are payable for renewals filed six months after the due date.
Further, on October 27, 2016, the Indonesian Parliament approved a new trademark bill that is intended to streamline trademark application procedures and expand protection for trademark owners. Salient features of the new bill include:
- Recognition of non-traditional trademarks such as three-dimensional marks, sound marks, and holograms.
- Provision for online submission of trademark applications.
- Publication of trademark applications within two weeks of the filing date, and reduction of the publication period from three months to two months.
- Limitation of the substantive examination period following publication to 150 days. Any oppositions filed against an application will also be examined at this time.
- Provision for the assignment of pending trademark applications.
- Filing of renewal applications either six months before the renewal due date or six months after that date (with the increased fees noted above).
- Increase of criminal sanctions for trademark violations and punishment for counterfeiters, especially in relation to goods that will cause health or environmental problems and/or death.