IP Week @ SG Goes Digital For The First Time!

Hear experts and global IP policymakers share how IP can boost innovation, strengthen the resilience and competitiveness of your business in the COVID-19 economy. All events this year are complimentary.

Release of popular sessions from past Global Forum on Intellectual Property (GFIP) series

Check out sneak previews of our GFIP Replay section where we bring back to you the top videos from each of the past three years. REGISTER for IP Week @ SG to get access to our vault of full-length replays!*

* Singapore advocates and solicitors and s36B Foreign Lawyers may obtain 1 Private CPD Point for reviewing each video if they have determined that the activity meets the requirements under the Legal Profession (Continuing Professional Development) Rules 2012.

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Digital Programme organised by IPOS Group

Opening Address by

[2:00pm, SGT]

Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law
  FLINT: Nurturing the Next Generation of IP-savvy Youths
[11:00am – 11:45am, SGT]
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IPOS Innovation for Humanity Award
[2:15pm – 2:25pm, SGT]
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10th COP on IP Management:
Expeditious Innovation at a Time of Crisis
[3:00pm – 4:00pm, SGT]
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Singapore IP Strategy Series:
Why Valuing Intangible Assets Matters in the New Normal
[3:00pm – 4:00pm, SGT]
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GRIT Series: IP in the Arts and Entertainment Sectors
[2:30pm – 3:45pm, SGT]
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Keynote IP Leaders Panel:
Accelerating Innovation, Recovery and Growth in the COVID-19 Era
[4:00pm – 5:30pm, SGT]
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Thriving in COVID With Your Data, Trade Secrets and Other Intangible Assets
[4:30pm – 5:30pm, SGT]
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How to Protect and Manage Your Brand in COVID-19 Times:
A LEGO® Story
[4:00pm – 5:00pm, SGT]
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Associated Events which can be signed up for at IP Week @ SG

Monday, 24 August
2:00pm – 3:30pm, SGT
Strengthening International IP Collaboration, Facilitating IP Commercialisation
[conducted in Mandarin only]
By China Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City
Monday, 24 August
3.30pm - 5.00pm, SGT
UK-US Breaking Barriers Track 1:
Facing a Different Kind of Global Challenge – How to Innovate and Grow?

By The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (IPO UK) and The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Tuesday, 25 August
5:00pm – 6:30pm
UK-US Breaking Barriers Track 2:
Triumph & Tragedies – Real Stories and Lessons Learned about IP Enforcement in the Time of COVID

By The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (IPO UK) and The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

A Sneak Peek of what’s popular – from past GFIP series

IP Week @ SG 2017 – GFIP Business Track 3B – IP Financing: Time for a Sea Change?*


  • Audrey Yap, Managing Partner, Yusarn Audrey & Partners
  • Paul Adams, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, EverEdge Global
  • Andy Chaw, Chief Executive Officer, Star 360 Holdings
  • Ali Ahmad, Managing Partner & Chief Executive Officer, Makara Capital
  • Joyce Tee, Managing Director & Group Head, SME Banking, DBS Bank

The first well-known use of a patent as security for a loan was in the late 1880s when Thomas Edison used his patent for the incandescent electric light bulb as collateral to secure financing to start his company, the General Electric Company. Since then, many banks, lenders, capital ventures and government bodies have sought to provide IP-backed financing. Yet, this area of financing has yet to take-off and remains largely utilised only when all other options to raise loans against tangible assets have been exhausted. This is largely due to the higher risks that intangible assets carry as well as the consequent higher cost of financing that organisations bear due to their less reliable and marketable collateral. Are significant changes and new structures required to change the scene or is IP financing doomed to just be a last-ditch resort for companies? Our panel of experts will share their views.

IP Week @ SG 2018 – GFIP Legal Track 1A – Blockchain Technology: Securing Your IP Space*


  • Dr. Eliza Mik, Assistant Professor of Law, School of Law, Singapore Management University
  • Benjamin Mah, Program Director, TNB Ventures
  • David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Jack Ow, Vice President (Senior Counsel), Citibank N.A., Singapore Branch

The recent surge in prices of cryptocurrencies has brought greater attention to Blockchain technology. Banks and other institutional players are now looking at this technology as a means to transact more efficiently. However, Blockchain technology is not limited to the finance industry. IP Offices are starting to look at Blockchain as a way to improve on how rights are managed. Nevertheless, adoption of this greenfield technology is not without its challenges. In the first half of 2017 alone, USPTO received more than 390 patent applications relating to this technology, a 90 percent increase from the same period a year ago. This panel draws out the complexity of IP issues surrounding Blockchain even as its adoption advances with ever increasing new applications.

IP Week @ SG 2019 – GFIP Plenary 1 – Beyond Regulations: IP Offices for the Future*


  • Sandy Huang, Producer and Correspondent, Reuters Broadcast Solutions Singapore
  • Daren Tang, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • David Lossignol, President, International Trademark Association | Head of Trademarks, Domain Names and Copyrights at Novartis Pharma AG
  • Dr. Fernando Dos Santos, Director General, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization
  • Tim Moss, Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General, UK Intellectual Property Office

Unprecedented technological advances in the last decade have intensified global competition for innovation. Countries all over the world are investing heavily into innovation. Global R&D expenditure reached an all-time high of US$1.7 trillion in 2017. The demand for IP protection and commercialisation have surpassed the rate of global economic growth. In staying ahead of the curve, IP offices face the challenge of ensuring that their policies and expertise are in pace with the unparalleled technological revolution seen in the last decade. This plenary examines how IP offices of today could better support innovation and enterprise growth through bold transformations in the 21st century.

IP Week @ SG 2018 – GFIP Plenary 2 – Anatomy of the Asian Unicorns: Intangibles Versus Tangibles*


  • Juliette Saly, Anchor and Reporter, Bloomberg Radio and Television
  • Chatri Sityodtong, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ONE Championship
  • Lynn Fu, Director of Brand Protection Cooperation, Platform Governance Department, Alibaba Group
  • Martin Hartono, Chief Executive Officer, GDP Venture
  • Dr. Raymond Chen Pei, Director of Intellectual Property, Didi Chuxing

The value of companies is increasingly found in intangible assets, including technology, data and branding. Today, more than 80 percent of the value of S&P500 companies are in intangible assets, an inversion in focus when compared to 1975, where less than 20 percent were intangibles. This phenomenal growth in intangible valuation is also taking place in Asia. Between 2012 and 2016, the intangible assets value of companies in Indonesia, China and India has more than doubled. The capacity to innovate through harnessing and commercialising intangible assets is now key for the survival and success of any enterprise. This plenary discusses the advent of intangibles, and its implications for Asia's most innovative companies.

IP Week @ SG 2017 – GFIP Business Track 1B: Made in Singapore – A Vision or A Dream?*

  • Professor Gerry George, Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University
  • Peter Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Hope Technik
  • Steve Leonard, Chief Executive Officer, SGInnovate
  • Eric Lew, Executive Director, Wong Fong Industries
  • Lim Chee Kean, Chief Executive Officer, Ascent Solutions

In the current economy where competition is stiff and time-to-market is shortened, innovation and value creation is everything. Globally successful companies not only need to respond quicker to market needs, but also look ahead to anticipate future trends. What should Singapore companies do to stand out from the pack and establish ourselves in the global market? What are the multitude of issues that Singapore companies need to consider while venturing abroad? How should Singapore companies align their IP strategies with their business strategies to capture greater value from their innovative solutions? Join us as our eminent speakers from the tech and engineering industries, as well as the start-up community share their perspectives on continual need to innovate in order to realise their "Made in Singapore" visions.

*These recordings are for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for legal or business decisions. All statements are strictly point of views held by the speakers and are not endorsement or recommendations by the IPOS Group.