Keynote IP Leaders Panel:

Accelerating Innovation, Recovery and Growth in the COVID-19 Era

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 [4:00pm – 5:30pm, SGT]

The impact of COVID-19 on global health systems and business markets has been profound in scale and impact. The United Nations predicted that the pandemic will result in a $1 trillion hit to the world economy this year alone. Given the massive scale of disruption, governments and pharmaceutical companies have rallied together in the race to develop urgently needed vaccines and treatments, whilst large corporations and SMEs worldwide have had to pivot their business models and deploy innovative solutions to survive significant economic challenges. In the current climate, how then might IP offices and organisations (IPOs) contribute to the conversation and continue to be crucial anchors of innovation? In this exclusive webinar, hear directly from the Heads of IP offices and organisations as they examine the impact of COVID-19 on the IP industry and discuss how IPOs can leverage data, expertise and international networks to ably support creators and innovators seeking to cope with the longer-term impact of a pandemic.

Our speakers will provide insights into understanding how the IP legal and business communities have been impacted by the pandemic so far and share their expertise concerning IP protection, management, and specific programs and initiatives designed to support businesses in this challenging economic climate. Participants, including legal professionals will be expected to glean useful knowledge from the panel that can directly benefit their professional work in advising and representing clients from the IP and business communities.


  • Ms. Dawn Tan, Presenter, Channel News Asia (CNA)


  • Mrs Rena Lee, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • Mr. Tim Moss, Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General, United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office
  • Mr. Etienne Sanz de Acedo, Chief Executive Officer, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Dr. Shen Changyu, Commissioner, National Intellectual Property Administration of the People’s Republic of China
  • Mr. Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Mr. Toshihide Kasutani, Commissioner, Japan Patent Office



Ms Dawn Tan

Channel News Asia (CNA)



Mrs Rena Lee

Chief Executive
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore


Mr Tim Moss

Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General
The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom


Mr Etienne Sanz de Acedo

Chief Executive Officer


Mr Shen Changyu

China National Intellectual Property Administration


Mr Andrei Iancu

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director
United States Patent and Trademark Office


Mr Toshihide Kasutani

Japan Patent Office


Public CPD Points: 1
Practice Area: Intellectual Property
Training Level: Advanced

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