IPR Committee

The EuroCham IPR Committee seeks to protect and enforce IP rights in Singapore and the region. The committee is made up of 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.
Members define specific topics of interest and develop position papers while working closely with businesses and government representatives.

We aim to:
  • Identify and understand the relevant issues of importance for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights
  • Formulate and disseminate positions on key issues
  • Build consensus by providing a platform for members to address common problems
  • Strengthen the economies where our members operate in by advocating competition, free trade and attractive policies for capital and skilled labour
  • Serve as a conduit between our members and the European and Singaporean political and economic authorities and business associations
WIPO-EuroCham Collaboration
The World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) and EuroCham have established a collaboration, whereby EuroCham members can enjoy various benefits, including special rates, when using WIPO alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures, as well as training programs on intellectual property (“IP") and technology dispute resolution. Click here to find out more.
WIPO-EuroCham Collaboration
During this year, the IPR Committee has met several times to discuss various IP issues that face its members here in Singapore as well as in the region. The Committee has begin complying a list of a number of marketplaces in the region that are well known for dealing in illicit trade, so as to address it with the relevant authorities in due course.
On the 8th of February 2017, the IPR Committee met in Hong Kong to engage with EuroCham members as well as other stakeholders, including news outlets that are based there. They were able to further champion the Committee's pursuit against illicit trade that was highlighted last year with the publication of the Illicit Trade Environment Index. The successful trip was covered by various news articles.
The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, has created the Illicit Trade Environment Index, which measures 17 economies in the Asia Pacific region on the extent to which they enable illicit trade.
The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee of the European Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a paper that provides a summary of practical and actionable recommendations to combat illicit trade.
On the 24th of November of November, EuroCham had a closed door discussion concerning the next steps of the committee and stakeholder engagement. The committee will identify the next steps for stepping up further engagements with Government authorities on issues of joint concern such as illicit trade, brand protection and private-public partnership and dialogue.
On the 12th of October 2016, EuroCham launched the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Report on the “Illicit Trade Environment Index”, commissioned by EuroCham’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee. Click  here to view the Index or visit http://illicittradeindex.eiu.com/ 
On the 24th of June 2016, EuroCham had the pleasure to meet Mr. Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), who offered an overview of recent initiatives undertaken in Singapore and the region to foster innovation and build Singapore as an IP Hub in Asia. Participants engaged in a dialogue on challenges and issues faced by industries, and discussed on how to build synergies to improve the IP framework.
On the 5th of April 2016, the IPR committee met Mr. Kin-Wah Chow, Partner at Rouse Consulting International, for a presentation of the Trademark system in Indonesia. Members had the opportunity to discuss issues relating to counterfeit, bad faith registration, as well as law enforcement.
On the 5th of April 2016, EuroCham held its third session on Product Training at the Singapore Customs Academy. This special event gathered over 40 officers coming from the Singapore Customs, IPRB, as well as IPOS. EuroCham had the pleasure to present 3 of its brands for a hands-on and interactive session building up new skills on how to identify counterfeit goods.
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On the 19th of February 2016, the IPR Committee met for a discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The meeting was also the occasion to update members on EuroCham’s meetings with IPOS and the Singaporean Customs.
On the 12th of January 2016, the IPR Committee received Mr. Frank Debets, PwC/Chairman of EuroCham Regional Trade Committee, who gave a presentation on TPP Article 18.76 and its possible consequences on transshipment in Singapore. Members also addressed the issue of e-commerce and counterfeits and discussed the idea of a public awareness campaign on counterfeits. 
On the 3rd of November 2015, the Committee met to draw the Strategic Plan for year 2016 by discussing the next steps with regard to the Illicit Trade Environment Index as well as debriefing the "Customs Attaches Roundtable: IPR Protection Through Effective Private-Public Partnerships" held on 13th of October 2015. This session also featured an update on IP and Trademarks protection and Plain Packaging. 
On the 28th of July 2015, the EuroCham IPR Committee officially launched the ‘Illicit Trade Environment Index’ based on an extensive collaboration between EuroCham and The Economist Intelligence Unit. Members also had a discussion with Mr. Simon Baptist, Chief Economist and Director for Customs Research Asia at The Economist Intelligence Unit, who shared about the nature of the study and the general view on illicit trade around the world.
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Through a collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, EuroCham's IPR Committee will publish the "Illicit Trade Environment Index" to raise awareness of the illicit trade in goods in Asia so that governments in the region can be encouraged to do more to address the issue.
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In its continuous fight against illicit trade and counterfeiting, EuroCham organises product training sessions for its members to equip officers from the Singapore Customs with the skills to distinguish counterfeit products from their bona fide counterparts, with the latest session held on the 30th of June 2015, by the automobile and oil & gas industry.
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On the 15th of April 2015, EuroCham hosted a collaborative event with INTERPOL and WIPO -  The Challenge of Illicit Trade: Sharing of best practices Legal Approach and Beyond.
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For more information about the work of our Committees, membership and activities, please contact our Committee's department at research@eurocham.org.sg