From the islands of Indonesia, the IP Komodo prowls South East Asia and beyond looking for succulent morsels of intellectual property news with the aim of to raising awareness of South East Asia's IP issues to help people understand this diverse region's IP complexities.
Ministry of Commerce has stated its intention to join the Madrid system as part
of its ASEAN obligations. Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) Director
General Patchima Thanasanti said last week that joining the Madrid Protocol by
2015 is a priority.The DIP and Council
of State have completed the draft amendment to the Trade Mark Act to comply
with Madrid.The draft amendment is
expected to be introduced to Parliament in August this year. It should take
effect in early 2014.
expected amendments are as follows.
1.Enabling multi-class applications.
2.Abolishing the provision relating to
association of marks 3.Allowing assignment of all or some
goods/services (partial assignment) 4.Adding the new chapter on international
registrations, i.e. the rules on Central Attack, Transformation and Replacement
should join Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines as the 4th ASEAN