INTRODUCTION

Singapore posits itself as an IP Hub with the growing emphasis on intellectual property (IP) becoming an important part of the global economy. With a 40% increase in patent and trademark filings over the past decade, Singapore is poised to ride on this trend with its strong legal and financial systems and plans to develop Singapore as Asia’s IP Hub

IPR

OBJECTIVES

The EuroCham IPR committee seeks to promote global IP best practices and protect IP rights in Singapore and the region. Working with a multitude of stakeholders, the committee is comprised of experts and senior level representatives from major European companies across many industries and aligns itself with Singapore’s goal of being an IP Hub in the region.

CHAIRS

Ms Sharmini Lohadhasan, BP Legal – Global Technology and Brands, BP Singapore (Chair)

Ms Zhen Yi Ng, Senior Manager, Government & Public Affairs, APAC, LEGO Singapore (Co-Chair)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • EuroCham publication: Illicit Trade Environment Index by The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Product training with Singapore Customs, ICA, Police IP branch- Annual dialogue with ASEAN Customs officials
  • ‘IP Key’ project grant with EU IP Office to promote IP research and capacity building
  • Industry collaboration with Singapore authorities on IP best practices and anti-illicit trade prevention

TOPICS

  • Anti-illicit trade education and awareness campaigns
  • Border enforcement (passenger and cargo)
  • Digital enforcement with platform operators
  • Free Trade Zones monitoring and enforcement

STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDE

  • Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
  • Singapore Customs
  • Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
  • Singapore Police Force, IP Branch
  • EU IP Office
  • South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk
  • International Trademark Association 
  • World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDE