Thursday, May 21, 2015

Indonesia's 2015 Special 301 report

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In the USTR's Special 301 review this year announced last week, only Thailand and Indonesia now remain on the Priorty Watch list from South East Asia.
Concern is raised over Indonesia's high incidence of fake pharmacuticals as well as media box piracy.  Weak protection for undisclosed confidential information is mentioned as is the lack of clarity around compulsory patent licensing.

The woeful lack of IPR enforcement is the main practical concern. In 2014, the Indonesian National Police only investigated 97 criminal IPR cases and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) only brought twelve IPR cases to trial, the report says. The USTR recommends better funding for IPR enforcement, specialized IPR inspectors and prosecutors, a special IPR task force within the police, improved interdepartmental coordination and more prosecutions.



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