News and Events


  • On 27 August 2020, Professor Christoph Antons presented an invited paper on “The Commercialisation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Indonesia” via video link at the 5th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies at University College London.
  • Together with several other experts on Asian intellectual property law, Professor Christoph Antons was interviewed for an article on “Teaching IP” in the online journal Asia IP
  • Professor Christoph Antons’ recent book chapter on ‘Farmers as Researchers: Government Regulation of Farmers’ Local Knowledge in Indonesia’ (co-authored with Yunita Winarto, Adlinanur Prihandiani and Sinta Uli at the University of Indonesia) has been recommended in the Newsletter of the Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society:


  • In November and December, the project hosted a visitor from the Faculty of Law of Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia. Associate Professor Mas Rahmah Arifin was in Newcastle to collaborate on publications on Indonesian intellectual property law with Professor Christoph Antons. Professor Rahmah is the Head of the Centre of Intellectual Property and of the postgraduate law program at Airlangga. Professor Rahmah met with the Dean of the Newcastle Law School, Prof. Tania Sourdin and with Mr. Greg Ryan at Newcastle Innovation regarding UON’s approaches to intellectual property commercialization.
  • Professor Christoph Antons received a grant from the World Technology Universities Network for a joint research meeting with Professor Charlotte Waelde and Dr Harriet Deacon of Coventry University to discuss possible future project applications related to their research on intangible cultural heritage. The researchers met at the Coventry University London Campus on 23 September 2019. The meeting was followed by Christoph’s seminar presentation on ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage, Intellectual Property and the Politics of Development’. The seminar was organised by the Enredados Network, a network of policymakers, academics and practitioners in the field of intellectual property and intangible cultural heritage. While in Europe, Christoph also presented a paper on ‘Agricultural transformation and government regulation of farmers’ local knowledge in Indonesia’ at the 4th Annual Conference of the Law and Development Research Network (LDRN) at Humboldt University in Berlin. Speakers from 39 countries attended this conference on ‘The Plurality of Law and Development’.
  • In May 2019, Professor Antons visited the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology MARA in Shah Alam, Malaysia, and the Faculty of Law at Singapore Management University in Singapore. He gave presentations on his research to undergraduate and postgraduate students of intellectual property law at both institutions.
  • As part of his three-year appointment at the University of Technology MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia, Professor Christoph Antons visited the Faculty of Law in Shah Alam, Selangor, from 11 to 16 November. He presented guest lectures in two IP courses and gave a public seminar at the Business Innovation & Technology Commercialization Centre (BITCOM), which is under the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). This seminar was followed by a meeting with MARA staff involved in research coordination and commercialization.


  • CI Professor Christoph Antons and PhD student Prayudi Setiadharma visited Indonesia in December 2018 and January 2019 to conduct research for the ARC Discovery project ‘Building an intellectual property system: the Indonesian experience’. They met with Ministerial staff, personnel from government R&D and regulatory agencies, collective management organisations, trade associations, R&D managers and company CEOs, NGOs, authors, artists and producers,  intellectual property practitioners and academics in Jakarta and in the major cities of Java and Sumatra,including with Director General Dr Freddy Harris of the Indonesian IP office ( Directorate General of Intellectual Property) and his staff.
  • CI Professor Christoph  Antons delivered a public lecture on “Intellectual property, agriculture and Free Trade Agreements” at the Jakarta campus of Gadjah Mada University on 14 September 2018.The presentation was hosted and introduced by Professor  M Hawin of the Gadjah Mada Law Faculty. He was speaking at a panel on ICH Safeguarding and IP protection.
  • CI Professor Christoph Antons was a keynote speaker at the 2nd International Conference on Law, Governance and Globalization organised by the Faculty of Law, Airlangga University, Surabaya on 28 August 2018.


  • CI Prof Christoph Antons was appointed as Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University from 7th to 12th December 2017. Prof Antons also participated in the conference on “The Future of Asian Trade Deals and Intellectual Property” on 8th December 2017 and presented a public lecture on “Copyright Law Reform and Asian Development” at the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA) on 11th December 2017.
  • University of Newcastle (UoN) - Newcastle Law School (NLS) hosted a visit from scholars from Airlangga University, Indonesia. Prof. Sogar Simamora and Associate Prof. Agung Sujatmiko visited NLS from 4th-26th November 2017. Professor Simamora is involved in a law reform project related to Indonesia’s Civil Code and in the preparation of a law on government procurement. Professor Sujatmiko’s research is in intellectual property law, especially as it relates to the creative industries.
  • During the 3rd Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Colloquium of UoN Faculty of Business and Law on 7 November 2017, CI Prof Christoph Antons presented a keynote paper on "Intellectual Property Law Reform and Asian Development".
  • CI Prof Christoph Antons delivered a keynote presentation on "Copyright Law Reform and Asian Development" during the 3rd Annual Conference of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association held at the University of Technology Sydney on 30th October 2017.
  • Prof Insan Budi Maulana, an Indonesian IP expert, presented a staff seminar about “Trademark Protection in Indonesia” on 12th October 2017. He discussed the revised Indonesian Trade Marks Act of 2016 as well as jurisprudence in trademark law. Prof Maulana is a Patent Attorney and teaches IP law at the University of Indonesia and Trisakti University in Jakarta and at the University of Sebelas Maret in Solo, Central Java.


  • CI Prof Christoph Antons contributed to the DECLARATION ON PATENT PROTECTION - Regulatory Sovereignty under TRIPS, sponsored by the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich. “This Declaration seeks to clarify some of the regulatory options States still retain under international law, in particular the TRIPS Agreement”.

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