The ISIP project was initiated at the request of the Indonesian Government to the Swiss Confederation, and its first phase was successfully implemented from 2012 to 2016. An effective IPR system in Indonesia is also in the interest of Switzerland. Only an efficient Indonesian intellectual property office (the DGIP) is able to provide solid protection for patents, trademarks and GIs of Swiss companies. The planned free trade agreement between Switzerland/EFTA and Indonesia underlines the importance of this emerging market. Due to clearly positive results of the first phase of ISIP, and ongoing need for support, all parties agreed on entering into the second phase of the project.
While the core focus areas remain the same as in the first phase, the second phase puts more emphasis on making geographical indications economically sustainable, and on supporting Indonesia’s creative industry. Selected thematic areas of high relevance to Indonesia include:
The main beneficiary of the project is the Indonesian government agency DGIP through direct technical capacity building. In addition, local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and relevant associations such as Collective Management Organizations, MIAP, INNOPA,ASKII, and UNPAD benefit from tailor-made workshops and training programmes, while other economic actors as well as the wider Indonesian public benefit indirectly through improved IPR services and increased quality and competitiveness of Indonesian goods and products. The impact of the second phase of the ISIP project also extends to more vulnerable segments of the population, such as rural communities, mainly through the use of GIs to market local specialties (support to GI producer associations).