Makassar (ANTARA) - Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly educated some five thousand students from various regions in the country about intellectual property.

"All of these brothers and sisters will later become potential leaders, potential innovators in Indonesia, and I hope the students raise the name of Indonesia in the future," Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly stated in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province, on Wednesday.

The minister conveyed the statement during a series of activities of the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DJKI) at the Makassar PAM Elementary School (SDN).

Currently, students in Indonesia have extraordinary and innovative abilities, for instance, making recycled clothing and creating books or scientific writings, Laoly remarked.

It is also said that various innovations and intellectual property developed by the nation's children must be immediately registered for copyright in order to obtain a copyright certificate.

"We have automatic registration of copyright online, and it only takes three minutes to four minutes," he stated.

On that occasion, he said that the DJKI in Makassar aims to invite students to use their sense of ability to be creative and innovate.

"Never think you cannot, but you have to believe in yourself that you can," he affirmed.

To this end, he continues to invite children in Indonesia to not hesitate to dream until what they aspire to can be realized.

On this occasion, Laoly also invited students to directly discuss intellectual property.

Moreover, he posed several questions about various aspects related to intellectual property and handed out gifts to the students.

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Minister Laoly earlier urged residents to register their intellectual property with the ministry's DJKI to ensure state protection of their properties.

"There are many forms of intellectual property. There are brands, patents, geographical indications, copyrights, geographical designs, collective properties, cultural knowledge, and other forms," Laoly stated.

Apart from ensuring state protection, registering intellectual property will also guarantee economic benefits to the holders, he noted.

The minister encouraged residents to register their intellectual property with the ministry before other parties claim the property for their own benefit that could cause unnecessary conflicts and legal actions.

The directorate general has also provided online services to facilitate residents keen to register their intellectual property, Laoly remarked.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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