Indonesian-Swiss Intellectual Property Project – ISIP
Phase 2

The objective of the second phase of the ISIP project is to strengthen the use of intellectual property rights in Indonesia in order to contribute to higher competitiveness, add more value to Indonesian products, and positively impact Indonesia’s economic development.


Project News

The ISIP-II project supports the Indonesian umbrella association (ASKII) of over 120 Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Centers. You can find a portrait how ASKII present itself here (short version, complete version).


Starting from March 2019, the three Geographical Indication products supported by our project have their own websites and promotion videos. The producers are trained to manage and use the websites to access markets in Indonesia and abroad:

The project builds capacity in different fields of Intellectual Property and strengthens several Indonesian private sector organisations. Among them are the collective management organisations in the music and literature sectors (copyright), the innovation promotion association INNOPA (patents) as well as the Indonesian anti-piracy organisation MIAP (trademarks). For this purpose, the project developed a general introduction guide on IP suitable for the private sector. In addition, each organisation receives tailor-made support in its specific field of IP


Combining the expertise of Indonesia and Switzerland in terms of Geographical Indications (GIs), the ISIP Project facilitated the creation of guidelines for GI registration and management, which are used to build capacities of Indonesian government employees of the provincial IP offices. They, again, make use of this expertise to give advice to producers of existing or potential GI products


Project background and context

The integration of Indonesia into the international system of intellectual property rights (IPRs) is well advanced. The country is a party to most – yet not all – important treaties relevant to IPRs, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) since its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995. While Indonesia’s legal and institutional framework in the field of IPRs is well developed, challenges still remain. As in many other emerging economies, institutional constraints continue to impede the effective enforcement of IPRs. Furthermore, the holders of IPRs have not yet fully exploited the potential of these rights. Both are partly the result of limited public awareness of IPRs. 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 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 a second phase of the project.


1 Why Indonesia? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts



Goals and objectives

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:

  • Further support the intellectual property expertise of the DGIP in examining patent applications and preventing IP disputes;
  • Provide advice to the revision of IPR policy frameworks;
  • Strengthen the capacities of the DGIP to provide internal trainings and external information to IPR users;
  • Provide advice on the use of IPRs for exports of creative industry SMEs, in cooperation with BEKRAF;
  • Support producers of GI value chain products (Amed Specialty Salt, Sikka Ikat Handwoven Textiles, and Bajawa Arabica Coffee) with tailor-made trainings on market access, quality control, and organisational development; and
  • Build capacities of Collective Management Organizations


1 Why Indonesia? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts




In light of the relatively advanced stage of Indonesia’s intellectual property system, the niche approach of the second phase of ISIP addressing specific needs and requests adds the most value and appears to be the best strategy for achieving sustainable results. The project provides specialised advice and support in selected areas where Switzerland is able to offer strong expertise and achieve a tangible impact. Within these thematic areas, the intervention strategy (activities) mainly consists of technical capacity building through training, workshops, and expert input, which is always lead by a national and an international consultant. These activities increase the capacity of the DGIP, BEKRAF, and other IP-related organisations in delivering professional services. Furthermore, the project supports the concrete implementation of GI activities in different Indonesian regions, e.g., Amed specialty salt in Bali and Ikat woven textiles and Bajawa coffee in Flores (see photos). The certification of these local specialty products with the GI logo is expected to increase the income of local producers. Thereby, the project also supports community development and product marketing activities.


1 Why Indonesia? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts



Alignment with Indonesia’s general development priorities

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 second phase of 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.


1 Why Indonesia? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts




The main beneficiaries of the project are the Indonesian government agencies DGIP and BEKRAF 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. 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).


1 Why Indonesia? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts



Quick project facts

Project duration
August 2016 – June 2020

Total budget
CHF/USD 1,850,000

Donor agency
Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs – SECO

Implementing partners
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – IPI;
Indonesian Directorate General of Intellectual Property – DGIP;
Indonesian Agency for Creative Industries - BEKRAF

Indonesia country context 2016
Population: 260 million
Area: 1,811,570 km2
Annual GDP growth: 5%

Annual income per capita: USD 3,450


1 Why Indonesia? | 2 Objectives | 3 What we do | 4 Why IP | 5 Who benefits? | 6 Project Facts


More Information and Contact

Reto Meili – ISIP Project Coordinator
Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property – IPI
E-Mail | +41 31 377 72 71

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