ASEAN member states are gearing up to align their systems of intellectual property (IP) with the aims set out in the ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Action Plan. Indonesia, in particular, is taking strident measures to reform its IP regime by amending its copyright law, revising its trademark law, and invigorating its enforcement efforts.
To comment on these issues and more, Somboon Earterasarun, director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Jakarta office, was interviewed by Asian Legal Business, and his views were included in the January edition of the magazine. Speaking on the introduction of landlord liability in Indonesia, Somboon said, “the new copyright law is a definitive positive sign for Indonesia because we now have things like landlord liability, which has never been introduced in any other IP law before.” Continuing, he remarked, “landlord liability will be a very good and useful mechanism for enforcement of the copyright law.” Somboon also commented on the proposed changes to Indonesia’s trademark filing procedure, the implementation of the new copyright law, and whether Indonesia can meet its IP-related goals set out by the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of 2015.
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