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Lecture — Indications of Source for Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions in Indonesia

When: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 15:00 to 17:00
Venue: SMU Li Ka Shing Library, Hive, Level 2, 70 Stamford Road, Singapore 178901


Indonesia has amended a number of intellectual property laws and regulations in recent years. One reason of the amendments is to provide a more IP-friendly legal system to protect traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. In this regard, the new Indonesian laws on patents and copyrights now mention “traditional knowledge” and “traditional cultural expresssions” in their provisions. Yet, the system of protection of indications of source that is provided for in the new trademarks and geographical indications laws is likely to be even more appealing for the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions in Indonesia. In her lecture, Professor Miranda Risang Ayu will explore the suitability of this system to protect traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions based on several findings from her research.



Miranda Risang Ayu is Lecturer and Researcher of Intellectual Property at the Faculty of Law, Universitas Padjadjaran in Indonesia. She coordinates the Intellectual Property Post-Graduate Program at her university, in cooperation with Universitas Indonesia and WIPO Intellectual Property Academy. Her main interest is in the area of new emerging IPRs, especially genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and geographical indications.  She also serves in several public institutions: the Senate of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry, and the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.  She has been involved in a number of international research projects, as well as regional and multilateral negotiations concerning traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, including in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. She was appointed as a vice head of Indonesian Trade Marks Appeal Commission from 2011 to 2014 and is currently a Commissioner of the National Collective Management Organization of Authors and Related Rights.



Irene Calboli is Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Visiting Professor, and Deputy Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, School of Law, Singapore Management University. She is also Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, and Fellow at the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum at Stanford Law School. Her recent scholarship focuses on IP laws in ASEAN with a specific interest on trademarks, geographical indications, and cultural assets. She is, inter alia, an elected member of the American Law Institute and an associate member of the Singapore Academy of Law. She serves in several leadership roles, including as member of the Council of the International Law Association (Singapore Branch), Chair-Elect of the Art Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and member of the Legislation and Regulation Committee of the International Trademark Association.



Kung-Chung LIU holds LLB and LLM degree from National Taiwan University and a Doctor of Law degree from the Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet (University of Munich). He was a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taiwan between 1992/1-2017/1. In 2003,  he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and  Visiting Senior Research Fellow for the IP Academy of Singapore. Professor Liu has served as one of the founding Commissioners of the National Communications Commission in Taiwan between 2006 and 2007. In 2014/4-15/7, he was a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, and the Founding Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA). He is currently the Director of ARCIALA. In addition, Professor Liu has been co-appointed Professor of the Renmin University, China (2017), and of the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (since 2010).



2.30pm - Registration

3.00pm – Lecture by Professor Ayu

4.15pm – Comments by Professor Calboli

4.30pm -  Q & A

5.00pm - End of Event

Public CPD Points - 1.5 points 

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Last updated on 16 May 2018 .