Yogyakarta – Faculty of Biology UGM introduced Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) to its students through the “IPR Seminar” organized by the Graduate Student Family (KMP) in the Lower Meeting Room Faculty of Biology (11.20.15). IPR seminar was attended by undergraduate and post-graduate students from Faculty of Biology.
The seminar titled “IPR as Fabiogama non-physical assets” presented Dra. Sri Sulistyani, M.Sc. (Patent examiner from Directorate General of Intellectual Property), Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr.Sc., (Bio-Catharantus patent owner) and Dr. Endang Semiarti, M.S., M.Sc. (the patent owner of orchid plant genetic transformation method) as keynote speakers.
IPR Seminar was officially opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Biology, Prof. Dr. Suwarno Hadisusanto, S.U. In his speech, Suwarno considered that the Indonesian people have lower levels of awareness on IPR compared to other countries. He also hopes that this activity can increase the awareness of IPR.
“Actually, we have a lot of potential in Copyright and Patents. However the awareness of IPR is still low causing us never bother to arrange this matter. We are still inferior to other countries like China, Japan, and Singapore. They really manage their copyright and patent,” said Suwarno. “I really appreciate this IPR Seminar and I have high expectations that this legal protection can become popular in Indonesia so that what should belongs to Indonesia will no longer be claimed by other countries.” He added.
Intellectual Property Right is an exclusive right granted by a law or regulation to a person or group of people on the work of his/their creation or invention. IPR has many benefits ranging from appreciation of the work to wealth.
“The first thing that becomes the benefits of IPR is an appreciation for our hard work. Furthermore, it makes money. Call it, Raditya Dika, a billionaire author for copyright of his books. For Lecturer/Researcher, IPR can be KUM for promotion and also royalties if the products already enter the industry.” Pak Budi said. He is also listed as the owner of a brand ‘melon hikapel’, which has entered the industry.
Intellectual Property Rights may also be the discovery of new methods, such as genetic transformation method patents owned by Mrs. Endang. “Patents are not only related to new product. Technique or method can also be patented. A method that can be done easily, with a shorter time and less cost, and with maximum results, can be patented,” Said Bu Endang which is also listed as the owner of a patent of a method of genetic transformation by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).
What kind of invention that can be patented as fabiogama non-physical assets? Bu Any (Bu Sri Sulistyani’s nickname) describes two categories that can be patented by fabiogama.
“There are two categories that can be patented by fabiogama. The first category is products, for example, strains of microorganisms, DNA sequences, recombinant vectors, plant extracts, as well as the composition of the food/feed, and so on. The second category is the process, for example the isolation process, the process of producing the compound using microorganisms, food manufacturing process, as well as the use of micro-organisms to control pests, and so forth,” Said Bu Any while encouraged and motivated Lecturers/Researchers and Faculty of Biology Students to be more active in managing IPR for any intellectual work.
IPR seminar closed with a remembrance ceremony by the Dean of the Faculty of Biology to Dra. Sri Sulistyani, M.Sc. followed by a group photo with seminar participants.