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Is the ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) a Viable Option for Applicants in Indonesia?

For applicants looking to expedite their patent applications in Indonesia who have a corresponding application in another Southeast Asian country, the ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) Program may be a viable alternative to consider. This is particularly so if the applicant does not quality for participation in Indonesia’s Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program with the Japan Patent Office. Theoretically, the ASPEC Program seeks to increase efficiency and reduce translation costs. Yet in practice, including in Indonesia, it has not become as popular as perhaps originally envisioned despite boasting a 100% allowance rate at final decision (based on official ASEAN statistics through January 2020).

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