The objective of the Indonesian - Swiss Intellectual Property Project (ISIP) project is to strengthen the use of intellectual property rights in Indonesia to contribute to higher competitiveness, add more value to Indonesian products, and positively impact Indonesia’s economic development.
A strong and well-balanced intellectual property system encourages investment in modern technologies, the building of strong local brands and technological innovation, all of which are needed to make Indonesian companies more competitive internationally. The ISIP project is aligned with the key socio- economic development priorities of the Government of Indonesia, in particular with the aims of modernising its industry and of narrowing the income gap between its rural and urban population.
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) still have limited public awareness. Institutional constraints impede the effective enforcement of IPRs. The holders of IPRs have not yet fully exploited the potential of these rights. Promoting the use of those types of IPRs that allow Indonesia to capitalise on its internal strengths, such as geographical indications (GIs), or its creative industry is of particular interest to the Government of Indonesia.
The ISIP project was initiated at the request of the Indonesian Government to the Swiss Confederation and was successfully initiated in 2012.
The Indonesian government agencies DGIP and BEKRAF are one of the main beneficiaries of ISIP through direct technical capacity building. In addition, local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and relevant associations such as Collective Management Organizations 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.
Three examples of value gaining
ISIP supports three GI products: Amed Salt, Sikka Ikat, and Bajawa Arabica Coffee.
The impact 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).
Configuring geographical indications economically sustainable and supporting Indonesia’s creative industry is the aim of the ISIP project.
Selected thematic areas of high relevance to Indonesia include:
May 2017 – November 2020