Clamping Down on Piracy
New government regulation looks to control the import and export of goods allegedly resulting from intellectual property rights violations
By Mary R Silaban
Monday, July 24, 2017
The Indonesian government has released Government Regulation (PP) No. 20 of 2017 on the control of the import or export of goods resulting from the violation of intellectual property rights (IPR). The regulation was released on May 31, and will come into effect on July 31.
The regulation elaborates on the procedure and mechanism of allegedly infringed products, especially to reaffirm the authority of the Directorate General of Customs and Excise to control the process, as well as its relation to the courts in pursuing the suspension procedure.
This regulation also sets out procedures to be implemented by the owners or holders of intellectual property rights for effecting prohibition or suspension of the import or export of goods alleged as originating from violations of IPR in the form of trademark or copyright.
During AmCham Indonesia’s Creative Economy Mission in June, this topic was a key item discussed in a meeting with Directorate General of Customs and Excise of the Ministry of Finance. Heru Pambudi, Director General of Customs and Excise, shared how his team is now working on the implementing regulations of the PP. The mission’s delegations shared their thoughts on the subject with Heru, especially on the best practices of other countries in handling such matters.
To read the full text of the regulation (in bahasa Indonesia) please click here