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You need to be careful when you plan to obtain a patent for your invention, particularly if you need to disclose your invention to the public or third party before filing a patent application. If you are publishing your invention in public in writing, by a verbal description or by a demonstration, before submitting your patent request to the patent office, you may lose your chances of getting a patent. It's best not to tell others about your idea until you have obtained "patent pending" status by filing a patent application.
Pursuant to Indonesian Patent Law, an invention is considered to be unpublished, if, within a maximum period of 6 (six) months before the filing date:
- the invention has been shown in an international exhibition in Indonesia or abroad, which is official, or acknowledged to be official or in an national exhibition in Indonesia, which is official or acknowledged to be official;
- the invention has been used in Indonesia by the inventor within the framework of experimentation for research and development purposes.