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Cablegate: Indonesia - 2006 Amended Ipr Project Proposals

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RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHJA #8961 2000313
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 190313Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY JAKARTA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 7386

UNCLAS JAKARTA 008961

SIPDIS

FOR EAP/IET, INL/AAE PPRAHAR, EB/TPP/IPE EFELSING
DEPT PASS TO USTR DKATZ, JGROVES, RBAE, VESPINEL

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KIPR ETRD ECON ID
SUBJECT: INDONESIA - 2006 AMENDED IPR PROJECT PROPOSALS

REF: A. Jakarta 3897; B. Jakarta 8114

1. This cable amends Embassy Jakarta's FY2006 Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR) project proposal for INL Bureau
funding contained in ref A. We continue to support our
initial request of USD 356,000 to fund one senior technical
advisor for a second and final year. In addition, we now
request USD 100,000 to support IPR programming for our
incoming resident legal advisor (RLA) arriving in August
2006. The new RLA has considerable IPR case experience and
will include engaging the Government of Indonesia (GOI) on
IPR enforcement among his formal responsibilities.

2. As ref B notes, cooperation between police and
prosecutors on IPR cases remains weak. Police complain
that once they send cases to the Attorney General's Office
(AGO), it is often very difficult to obtain information on
their outcomes. Meanwhile, prosecutors complain that, while
police have recently referred many IPR-related case files to
the AGO, police cases are often poorly investigated, lack
sufficient evidence, or are intended to to boost police
arrest numbers and impress superiors. During a recent visit
by one USTR official (ref B), senior police and AGO
officials welcomed the idea of U.S.-supported joint
workshops with the police, AGO and courts on IPR evidence
collection, investigations and prosecutions as a means to
promote better collaboration and cooperation on IPR cases.

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3. We propose five separate workshops for 25-35 police,
prosecutors and judges held in the cities of Jakarta,
Semarang, Surabaya, Makasar and Medan. These cities contain
major shipping ports and are natural entry points for pirate
and counterfeit goods from overseas. They also each house
one of Indonesia's five commercial courts, which have
purview over civil IPR cases. The workshops would run
roughly three days and rely entirely on local expertise,
such as Embassy's RLA and two DOJ ICITAP IPR senior
technical advisors assisting the GOI on optical disc
regulation implementation and police IPR enforcement.
Tapping other existing local IPR industry representatives
and experts, we believe an effective series of workshops
could be developed and executed with a cost of approximately
USD 20,000 each. Our cost estimate is based on USAID's
experience conducting similar size workshops using locally
available lecturers and includes: hotel venue; translation
and interpretation; travel, per diem and lodging for
speakers; audio visual equipment; and miscellaneous other
expenses.

4. Embassy Jakarta welcomes this opportunity to amend its
INL IPR funding requests and looks forward to INL Bureau's
decision.

PASCOE

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