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Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy, largely through rich supply of natural resources of oil, gas, coal and precious metals. The country’s growth in wealth has filtered down to its people, making Indonesia a tempting target for technology and other IP-rich products.  

The Jakarta Post reported in August 2021 that the country is expected to lead Asia-Pacific in IT spending over the next four years, driven by a shift to cloud-related services. The prediction came from a report by Boston Consulting Group and technology Cisco, which said Indonesia’s IT spending is expected to experience a 13 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next few years.  

The legal market remains closed, so international firms typically operate through tie-ups with local firms. 


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Acemark is a boutique firm established in 1999, focusing on IP both domestically and internationally. Clients range from multinational corporations to small and medium enterprises across industries. Professionals have backgrounds of chemistry, biology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and mechanical engineering.  

AFFA Intellectual Property Rights provides advice on trademarks, patents, industrial designs, copyright and geographical indications in Indonesia, East Timor and throughout the Pacific Islands. The firm can also assist with establishing a limited liability company, registering internet domains, working with Indonesia’s National Agency and Food and Drug Control, conducting IP investigations and creating and renewing license and franchise agreements. The firm, which has more than 60 experts on staff, also has an office in Díli, East Timor; some 98 percent of its clients are non-Indonesian individuals or entities. 

Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR) advises on registration, protection and enforcement of trademarks, patents, copyright, industrial designs, geographical indications, and franchising. It also advises on negotiation and drafting of relevant documents and agreements, applications for registration, assignment, and public announcements, both for international and local clients.  

Jakarta-based AMR Partnership is led by founding partner and principal Amalia Rosseno, one of Indonesia’s top practitioners. Her patent practice group covers wide-ranging fields including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, mining and petroleum, mechanical engineering and electronics.  

Am Badar & Am Badar, formerly known as Am Badar & Partners was founded by Toetoen Ambadar in 1965. It is one of the oldest IP firms in Indonesia and, since 1999, has been run by the second generation of Ambadars, including chief executive officer Anisa Ambadar. The professional staff includes associate foreign agents, IP administrators and litigators, as well as technological experts.  

Andreas Sheila & Partners was established in 2017 in Jakarta; today, the full-service law firm has 25 professionals, including three partners. The firm has a vibrant entertainment and media practice; partner Jeff Gunarso was general legal counsel for one of the largest media groups in Southeast Asia, and also served as legal head and corporate secretary for the largest pay TV company in Indonesia. He has a strong grasp on IP and IP-adjacent laws, including those pertaining to media and broadcasting, piracy, satellite landing rights and commercial licensing. Andreas Hartono is senior partner; ASP is part of the Baker Tilly network.   

Known largely for its banking and finance practice, Armand Yapsunto Muharamsyah & Partners (AYMP) Atelier of Law is also competent with IP matters. Top practitioners such as Ibrahim Senen and Robie Aryawan Haris have strong ties with the government and business communities, which enable them to assist clients in various legal and business terrains. 

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners is noted for its work in both contentious and non-contentious work; it often mounts successful challenges on behalf of clients against decisions of the trademark authorities. Managing partner Bono Daru Adji attributes the firm’s success to its recognition of innovation, its cultivation of resilience and a desire to make a difference. 

AZP Legal Consultants is a new-generation, full-service law firm. The firm’s intellectual property practice offers services in patent, trademark, and copyright, industrial designs and trade secrets. Partner Karina Pramesti brings experience in IP and other corporate legal matters; IP consultant Evi Ulansari conducts searches, prepares documents for IP registrations, manages portfolios and drafts licensing agreements. The firm has an office in Cairo in association with a local firm there, and a presence in London, as well. 

Biro Oktroi Roosseno was established in 1951 by R Roosseno, a professor of structural engineering and a pioneer in pre-stressed concrete. Roosseno’s daughter, Toeti Heraty N Roosseno, succeeded him. In 1987 Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi took over the management of the firm, and in 1995, Migni Myriasandra, another daughter of Toeti Heraty N Roosseno, became involved in the management of the firm. Inda Citraninda Noerhadi, also a daughter, is a key contact.  

Batavia Patentservis Asia’s services comprise patent, trademark, industrial design, copyright, plant variety, franchise and geographical indication. It advises both domestic and international clients beginning from filing until maintenance and renewal. Industries served include the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, chemical, material, petroleum, mining, mechanical, IT, electrical and electronic sectors. Key partner is Iwan Darusuryoatmodjo.  

Brigitta I. Rahayoe & Partners is led by Brigitta Imam Rahayoe, who launched the firm in 1996 after more than a decade of association with Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro. In addition to its intellectual and industrial property law practice, the firm has practices focusing on telecommunications and international business transactions, as well as a wide swath of other corporate and commercial offerings.  

Cita Citrawinda Noerhadi & Associates, commonly known as CCN, was founded by Cita Citrawinda, an IP consultant and former chairperson of the Indonesia Intellectual Property Society, who earned solid IP experience at Biro Oktroi Roosseno from 1987 to 2004. She was reportedly the first woman in Indonesia to receive a Master’s degree in intellectual property. 

Top practitioners Linna Simamora and Fabian Buddy Pascoal at Dentons HPRP (formerly known as Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners) in Jakarta offer services including preliminary searches, trademark and copyright registrations, opposition, negotiation, litigation, licensing and franchising to high-profile international entities, small local companies and Indonesian individuals.  

With extensive experience in planning and conducting raids, DNC Advocates at Work, established in 1994, is well known for helping clients tackle counterfeiters. While the firm does not take clerical administration work of registering IP, it does assist clients to commercialize their rights, making sure that their contractual arrangements in the commercialization of their IP in Indonesia work and are enforceable. 

Fortuna Alvariza has left K&K Advocates to become founding partner at FAIP Advocates and IP Counsels in Jakarta. In addition to her non-contentious work, Alvariza is known as a successful IP litigator. She formerly served as an in-house counsel at one of the country’s largest food and beverage companies. In 2019, the Indonesian Creative Economic Agency (BEKRAF) engaged her as an expert for developing legal guidance on IP commercialization for creative industries in Indonesia, together with the Indonesian Franchise Association and the Indonesian License Association. 

Donny Fernando leads Fernando and Associates in Jakarta. The firm filed 200 trademark applications in 2021 (about 180 of which were filed for domestic clients) and four trademark cancellation suits. The firm also handles patent and copyright matters. Key clients include Harold Coffee, Nico Jeep Manufacture, Kompas Gramedia Group and Indonesia Republik Motor Co. 

Founded in 1933, George Widjojo & Partners is one of the oldest IP firms in Jakarta, specializing in trademark matters such as registrations, renewals, searches, assignments, mergers, litigation and cancellation proceedings, as well as patent, trade secret, integrated circuit, industrial design and copyright matters.  

Ginting & Reksodiputro, in association with Allen & Overy, is noted for its tech work. Partner Sugianto Osman has a strong record in the private equity, technology and telecommuncations sectors; he previously worked in-house as the head of legal at a telecommunications company in Indonesia. 

Hermawan Juniarto & Partners, part of the global Deloitte Legal network, traces its roots to 2005. The team has more than 25 lawyers who practice business law, including intellectual property law. 

Founded by Heru Lukito, Heru Lukito & Partners handles issues including trademarks, patents, industrial designs, copyright, trade secrets and layout of integrated circuits for both local and foreign companies across the fields of retail manufacturing, computers, food and beverage, finance and pharmaceuticals.  

HHP Law Firm, formerly known as Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners, is the Indonesian member firm of Baker McKenzie. The firm was named the patent firm of the year at the 2023 Asia IP Awards in Singapore. Its IP team helps international clients with cease-and-desist campaigns, anti-counterfeiting raids, infringer investigations and other related matters. The IP team is led by partner Daru Lukiantono. Another key practitioner is Wiku Anindito for trademark and copyright. 

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung’s lawyers are familiar with all aspects of IP laws and provide a full range of services including trademark, patent, industrial design, copyright, layout design of integrated circuit, trade secret, renewal, searching and watching, anti-counterfeiting or enforcement, litigation, investigation, licensing or franchising, and due diligence. The firm is an associated firm with Herbert Smith Freehills.  

Iman Sjahputra & Partners is based in Jakarta and handles trademark, patent, copyright and industrial design matters for companies in countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Iman Sjahputra, Wawan Santoso, Willy Isananda and Parjio are top practitioners.  

Established in 2005, Inter Patent Office, which specializes in patent, is one of the most progressive law firms in Indonesia. In addition to private companies, it works closely with Indonesian government bodies. Led by founder Hendra Widjaya, the firm provides services surrounding patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, trade secrets and plant varieties. Partner Anny Gunadi is another leading practitioner and key contact. The firm works closely with affiliate firm Hendra Widjaya & Partners.  

Led by Bahar Santoso, Int-Tra-Patent Bureau was established in Jakarta in 1960. The legal consultant advises clients worldwide in patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design and licensing litigation.  

Januar Jahja & Partners is a boutique IP firm with almost 30 years of experience. Services include trademark and patent prosecution, IP-related litigation and other contentious matters. After the passing of founding partner Januar Jahja in 2017, daughter Prudence Jahja has successfully taken the reigns as managing partner. Foreign IP consultant Andrew Diamond remains a key contact, and the team continues to provide outstanding services to well-known international businesses as well as local companies. Juanitasari Winaga is another leading practitioner. Patent attorney Wulan Mogesmiranti (Moges), patent specialist Mitha Fuji Adiati and litigation associate John Frederick are also key contacts. 

Managing partner Justisiari Perdana Kusumah and partner Risti Wulansari as well as senior associate Siti Mariam Nabila lead K&K Advocates, a boutique firm specializing in IP matters with particular strength in copyright, patent and trademark registration and enforcement. Named Asia IP trademark firm of the year for Indonesia in 2023, the firm is regularly sought by multinational clients and foreign governments. It also acts for or is involved with bodies responsible for developing IP and technology laws. 

KPMG Law entered the Indonesia market in late 2022 when it acquired many of the member firms of the ZICO Law network, including Indonesian firm Roosdiono & Partners. Partner Ajeng Yesie Triewanty is a key IP contact. Triewanty has more than 10 years of experience in the sector; her landmark dispute cases include the Indonesian National Arbitration Center’s trademark case and the KOPITIAM case. Former Roosdiono & Partners partner Endra Prabawa has left the firm to to launch Winuriska, Prabawa & Partners. 

Founded in 1980, Kusnandar & Co. represents numerous multinational companies in various industries spanning from pharmaceutical to show business. The firm consists of some 10 lawyers and engineers with international experience. Internet operators and translators are also available to ensure that the IP group can source out information for clients worldwide. Led by founding partner Winita E. Kusnandar, top practitioners Arno Rizaldi Setiawan, Maria Melianti and Gatot Sanyoto Wahyu Adi offer a complete range of services in connection with both contentious and non-contentious matters.   

The intellectual property practice group at Lubis Santosa & Maramis advises on a wide range of intellectual property matters for diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemical, engineering, computers, entertainment and others. The firm provides services for all types of IP works covering contentious and non-contentious IP matters as well as IP-related transactions. Founder and senior partner Todung Mulya Lubis is a trusted and effective advocate for clients. Senior partner and head of dispute resolution Lelyana Santosa is engaged in high-profile media law cases, and has represented, among others, Time, the Wall Street Journal Asia, the Indonesian Television Journalists Association and the Indonesian National Commercial Radio Broadcasters Union. 

Clients have bestowed their trust in the ability of Makarim & Taira S. to guide them through Indonesia’s IP regulations, ensuring that all types of IP are protected from misuse. Located in Jakarta, the firm has a strong trademark practice including clearing, registration and licensing. Managing Partner Lia Alizia is a key contact for the IP team.  

Maulana and Partners is an Indonesian law firm handling intellectual property, corporate litigation, taxation and other civil matters. Partner Nesia Obadja, part of the firm’s patent and industrial design group, handles numerous patent and industrial design applications. The firm was founded by Insan Budi Maulana, who has been actively involved in the legal practice since 1986. 

Indonesia is Mirandah Asia’s biggest growth area; establishing the office was a client-driven decision, the firm says. The staff in the firm’s Jakarta office are trained in its Singapore headquarters in all aspects of operation. Its computer system allows instantaneous access between Singapore and Jakarta to allow zero turnaround time between these offices. The firm is led by directors Gladys Mirandah and Denise Mirandah. Maulitta Pramulasari heads the patent and industrial design department. 

Nurjadin Sumono Mulyadi & Partners (NSMP) is a full-service law firm in Jakarta. Partner Diki Andikusumah is a key contact for intellectual property disputes; his practice also focuses on M&A, real estate transactions, capital markets, consumer goods and other general corporate and commercial matters. Andikusumah is a member of the Data Privacy Professional Association Indonesia.  

Based in Jakarta, Nurmansyah Advocates specializes in IP involving creation, management, exploitation (through licensing, franchising and commercial-related IP agreements) and enforcement. The firm has years of experience in prosecution, enforcement and litigation matters both locally and globally. Managing partner A. Yulianto Nurmansyah is particularly strong in anti-counterfeiting and domain disputes and has served a variety of industries.  

Pacific Patent Multiglobal is in position to be placed on full alert against infringement both inside and outside of Jakarta.  

Pillari Elk, previously known as Erna L. Kusoy & Co., specializes in IP services, working with big brands and entrepreneurs across a variety of industries. Primastuti Purnamasari leads the firm; she brings 25 years of experience with the Baker McKenzie affiliate firm in Jakarta. Purnamasari focuses her practice on IP prosecution, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting matters and related commercial IP issues.  

Pulungan, Wiston & Partners represents clients in a wide variety of matters involving acquisition, maintenance, utilization, protection and enforcement of IP arising under local and foreign IP laws. By virtue of its partners’ long-standing international presence, the firm is positioned to serve the needs of both domestic and international clients.  

Roosdiono & Partners, the Indonesian member of the regional KPMG Law network, provides advice on media and entertainment law, including licensing arrangements, and on technology law, including development, protection, exploitation and use of technology-related assets and technology transfer arrangements. The firm has over 16 years of experience handling a variety of IP dispute cases including protection of patent, trademark, copyright and industrial designs. Ajeng Yesie Triewanty is a key contact. Triewanty has more than 10 years of experience in the sector; her landmark dispute cases include the Indonesian National Arbitration Center’s trademark case and the KOPITIAM case. In mid-2023, former partner Endra Prabawa left the firm to launch Winuriska, Prabawa & Partners.  

Rouse, in association with Suryomurcito & Co, is led by deputy CEO Nick Redfearn, and has particular experience managing regional IP enforcement programmes and filings, and commercial deals and compliance exercises. Gunawan Suryomurcito, Kin Wah Chow, Arifia Fajra, Yurio Astary, Tania Lovita and Lisa Yong provide domestic litigation/enforcement and trademark and patent services. Rouse provides comprehensive IP services to its clients, including trademark filing, counselling and portfolio management, patent drafting, filing, and counselling. 

Led by Purnomo Suryomurcito, Nidya Kalangie and Andrew Conduit, SKC Law provides clients with strategic counseling and transactional advice, particularly on matters involving commercialization of IP, advertising, broadcasting, and the internet and consumer law. The firm can efficiently complete due diligence on IP assets particularly during merger transactions. Other types of transaction the firm advises on include franchising, licensing, technology transfer, R&D contracts, music and film productions, confidentiality agreements and model release.  

Soemadipradja & Taher has a notable litigation practice, which includes work in intellectual property litigation. Hafzan Taher, one of the firm’s founding partners, has more than 30 years of experience; today, in addition to litigation work, he advises major Indonesian conglomerates and MNCs on a wide range of matters, including IP. Partner Romi Emirat is a licensed IP consultant.  

Based in Jakarta, SS&R Legal Consultants provides filings and registrations of patent, trademark, copyright, industrial design, trade secret, layout design of integrated circuit, plant variety right, domain name and products such as food, cosmetics as well as pharmaceuticals.  

SSEK has a notable life sciences and healthcare practice, in which it works with many of the biggest pharmaceutical and healthcare companies doing business in Indonesia, helping them navigate the regulatory environment. Lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the life sciences and healthcare sector, including employment matters, import and distribution procedures, intellectual property rights, product liability, corporate transactions, competition law, and marketing and advertising practices. SSEK’s founder, Ibu Dyah Soewito, passed away in August 2021.  

Spruson & Ferguson is one of the largest IP firms in the Asia-Pacific region with a 130-year history of providing IP services to local and global companies.  Its Indonesian office was established in 2016, with a team composed of patent and trademark attorneys, engineers and scientists. Marolita Setiati Anwar, who has solid experience in patent practice, is the director of Spruson & Ferguson Indonesia; the firm is part of IPH Limited, the IP company holding company. 

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Jakarta office began serving clients in September 2013 and has been operated as a dedicated IP agency. Its leading Southeast Asian IP practice has decades of experience in the region and has been instrumental in the development of IP law and practice in a number of jurisdictions. As a result, multinational clients such as Bvlgari, Gap, Giorgio Armani, Starbucks, Toyota, Grab, Lazada and Walmart have rapidly come to rely on the firm to protect their trademarks, patents, copyright, and other IPRs. Director Wongrat Ratanaprayul and partner Somboon Earterasarun are key contacts. The firm was named the copyright firm of the year at the 2023 Asia IP Awards in Singapore. 

Winuriska Prayogo and Endra Prabawa have launched Winuriska, Prabawa & Partners. Prayogo formerly led IP boutique WIN IP, while Prabawa was a partner at Roodiono & Partners. Together, the two have nearly 50 years of experience in Indonesian IP law. Prayogo – who uses the name Winuriska – represented an Indonesian airline in a business method patent litigation and patent infringement litigation at the commercial court, and took a significant role in a patent and design infringement case against seven local automotive companies for a high-profile Japanese automotive company. Prabawa regularly handles official actions in the local IP office, and argues technical and complex IP issues before the apex court in Indonesia.   

Partner and IP Consultant Patricia Ann Winarta has led Winarta IP to be a top IP firm in Jakarta. The firm handles patent cases such as filing, prosecution, grant, and the maintenance of granted patents. It also handles applications of trademark, industrial design, copyright and other IP with a computerized practice managing all activities of the firm especially the docketing system of IP matters, file control and accounting. It works closely with corporate and commercial law firm Frans Winarta & Partners. 

In late 2022, regional law firm network ZICO Law entered into an agreement with KPMG Law under which many of the network’s firms joined the KPMG Law network, including Roosdiono & Partners. ZICO Law no longer has a presence in Indonesia.  

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