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Indonesia CLIENT UPDATE 02 SEPTEMBER 2016 © Assegaf Hamzah & Partners 1 New Patents Law Enacted by DPR A. Introduction The House of Representative (“DPR”) passed the Patents Bill into law on 27 July 2016. The new legislation (“2016 Patents Law”) is aimed at stimulating innovation and growth in the number of patents granted to Indonesian inventors from both the public and private sectors, while placing an express obligation on patent holders to use their patented processes or manufacture their patented products in Indonesia. The 2016 Patents Law further streamlines the patenting process and introduces the possibility of engaging independent experts as patent examiners in anticipation of rapid developments in the technological, communications, information and health sectors. As of the time of writing, the 2016 Patents Law had yet to be gazetted and provided with a reference number. B. Background Defined broadly, a patent is an exclusive right that is accorded by the state to an inventor ...