Public Interest in Patent Protection: The Need of Criteria

Winner Sitorus


This paper aimed at studying provisions in TRIPs Agreement and Law Number 14 of 2001 regarding Patent, particularly provisions reflecting criteria of public interest.  The approach used is statutory and conceptual approaches by analyzing TRIPs Agreement and Law Number 14 of 2001. It is concluded that public interest has been stipulated generally in TRIPs Agreement and Law Number 14 of 2001 in their provisions regarding kind and scope of the use of limitation and exception of patent holder’s exclusive rights.  Law Number 14 of 2001 basically has implemented limitation and exception provisions stipulated in TRIPs Agreement. However, unfortunately it does not provide further and clearer elaborations on some provisions that need to be elaborated further. In addition, both TRIPs Agreement and Law Number 14 of 2001 do not provide criteria as to public interest.

Keywords: Public Interest, Criteria, Exception, Limitation, Patent.

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