Intellectual Property Practice

The Firm has one of the longest established, largest and leading Intellectual Property (“IP”) practices in Singapore. Its experience in IP extends over more than 7 decades as the Firm handled Singapore’s earliest trademark applications in the late 1930s when its Trademark Registry (as it then was) was first set up.


Over the years, the Firm has consistently been lauded as a leading IP specialist in Asia. It has also maintained its market position as one of the 5 top-filing practices in Singapore, cementing its status as market-leaders in the field of IP. 

The members of the Firm’s IP Practice are also active participants in a number of professional organisations within the IP field, such as as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”), the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (“ASPA”), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (“AIPPI”), the International Trademark Association (“INTA”), the Licensing Executives Society (“LES”) and the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (“PTMG”). Through the Firm’s professional associations, physical presence in South East Asia and membership with international legal networks such as MULTILAW, it is able to provide a “one-stop” solution for all its clients’ IP needs.

The Firm’s expertise includes:

  • Advisory services across the full spectrum of IP law, entertainment law, digital media, internet and information technology, electronic commerce, media and advertising
  • Searching, clearance (including risk management and regulatory compliance), protection, management and maintenance of IP rights including trademarks, service marks, patents and designs
  • Advisory and drafting services for patent specifications across many technical fields
  • Civil and criminal litigation and enforcement actions including patent and trade mark invalidation and infringement, counterfeiting, injunctions, search and seizure orders
  • Handling and negotiating domain name disputes and Internet piracy
  • Commercialisation, exploitation and licensing of IP rights including trademarks and technology transfers, licensing, agency and distributorship, franchising,
  • Protection of copyright
  • Confidential information, non-disclosure agreements
  • Trade secrets

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With its several decades of experience in providing a full range of IP services to multinational corporations and businesses, the Firm's clients include several of the world’s largest corporations with some of the best and most prestigious brands today. The Firm represents the world’s biggest companies in food and beverage, fashion, domestic consumer products, electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, hotels, computer hardware and software, media, entertainment, air travel and vehicle manufacture, amongst many others. They include the best leading domestic and multinational corporations, businesses, local and foreign Government bodies, educational and non-profit organisations, individuals, estates and trusts. Members of the Firm’s IP Practice have also handled IP protection for major international sporting events.