Indonesia Update: Pay Outstanding Annuities or New Patent Applications will be Refused


In September 2018, we reported that the Indonesia Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) has started issuing formal notices to some patent owners, informing them that they have outstanding annuities and failure to pay the outstanding annuities within six months will result in the DGIP refusing new patent applications.

As an update, the DGIP issued a circular dated 17 February 2019 indicating that the initial six months deadline has been extended by another six months because not all affected patent owners are aware of their obligation to pay the outstanding annuities and the authorities require more time to properly administer collection of the outstanding annuities.

Accordingly, patent owners that have outstanding annuities can now pay by 17 August 2019.

A copy of the circular can be accessed here.

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