The beginning of ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (AFCTA) implementation in 2010 caused a dilemma for Indonesia. On the one hand, the domestic products seem not ready to compete with Chinese products that are known to be very competitive. On the other hand, Indonesia is also bound to the commitment written in that consensus.
Generally, trade liberalization gives benefits for participant countries. However, at the same time, that policy will also cause a loss if their products are not competitive. Therefore, improved competitiveness is very needed. A product will be highly competitive if it has intellectual property, including patent, brand, industrial design, and geographical sign.
Related to that, Center for Intellectual Property Competition and Disputes Settlement Mechanism Studies (CICODS), Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) will hold a national seminar entitled â€œIntellectual Property Rights and Business Competition in AFTA 2010â€. That event will present speakers: Dra. Sri Adiningsih, M.A., Ph.D. (Faculty of Economics and Business, UGM), Prof. M. Hawin, S.H., L.L.M., Ph.D. (Faculty of Law, UGM), Dr. Sukarni, S.H., M.H., (Commission for Business Competition Monitoring), and Tomi Suryo Utomo, S.H., L.L.M., Ph.D. (CICODS). Besides the seminar, a short course with the topic of â€œPatent Protectionâ€ will also be held from 18-19 February 2010.