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With the constant proliferation of new technologies and the expected switch to Web 3.0, we are now getting used to seeing several new emerging trends (Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Non-Fungible Tokens, Metaverses and Decentralised Finance). Even though these concepts are still unknown and not clearly regulated, it is important to think about how Intellectual Property (IP) can help protect both physical and virtual assets. What are the potential pitfalls and how do we make sure that innovation remains a driver for rapid and profitable revenue growth from a legal point of view?

This webinar will help understand how to navigate this increasingly difficult and unknown landscape. We will also discuss how IP concepts and mechanisms can be used to both protect these new types of valuable assets and generate value for businesses.

Join us for this very unique event and hear from several experienced speakers:

  • An IP expert from the SEA IP SME Helpdesk will highlight the importance of protecting IP for businesses evolving in the new tech industry and will share some basics about how to make use of IP to grow your business. 
  • Innovators and business leaders will discuss current trends in the new tech industry and Singapore’s role as a tech hub plus they will share their best practices about the ways to overcome challenges. We will also look at the relation between rewarding intellectual development and incentivising further technological advancement. 



3.45 pm Webinar Waiting Room Opens
4.00 pm Welcome Remarks by EuroCham
4.05 pm Opening Remarks by Moderator, Mr Anan Sivananthan, Partner, Bird & Bird
4:10 pm Presentations
– Ms Wai Yeng Chen (SEA IP SME Helpdesk External Expert)
– Dr Tom James (TradeFlow Capital Management)
– Dr Tara Prasad (Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.)
4.55 pm Moderated Q&A and Panel Discussion
5:25 pm Closing Remarks by Moderator, Mr Anan Sivananthan



Speakers and Panellists


Dr Tom James
TradeFlow Capital Management

Tom James is CEO & CIO and a co-founder of the Trade Flow Funds, the innovative digitised trade finance solution for bulk physical commodity transactions being shipped or stored around the world. Tom is a serial Commodity FinTech entrepreneur with a history of combining technology with best practices in order to create innovative industry services & solutions within the Commodity Industry. He has over 30 yrs of commercial exposure gained through a broad range of senior executive roles in trading, investment management, commodity finance (Trade and Project) & advisory. He is called upon by governments & multinationals for advice & insight on market developments. In 2014 he was called upon to serve as a Senior Energy Advisor to the United States Department of Defense (TFBSO) and he currently sits on the “Financing Advisory Resources” panel for Enterprise Singapore, the trade development body of Singapore Government. Tom is also a successful published author and holds a PhD from Middlesex University, UK.


Ms Wai Yeng Chan 
External Expert from 
SEA IP SME Helpdesk

Wai Yeng has over 10 years of experience in Intellectual Property. Prior to joining Taylor Vinters Via, Wai Yeng worked in the IP department of a number of law firms in Singapore and acquired significant experience in patent work including drafting patent specifications, patent registrations and advising clients in relation to patent infringement.

In addition to handling the patent practice of Taylor Vinters Via, Wai Yeng heads their Brands Practice, working closely with Taylor Vinters in the UK in ensuring that their clients’ brands are protected not only locally but also on a regional and worldwide level.

Wai Yeng has extensive experience in building and protecting brands in emerging markets. In her last role, she headed the IP practice of the largest foreign law firm in Myanmar that supported rights owners in relation to the enforcement, border control, due diligence and protection of trade mark rights.


Dr (Mrs) Tara Prasad
Corporate IP & Engineering Group
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

Currently as part of the TCS Corporate IP & Engineering Group spearheading IP assessment processes and systems for TCS IP and compliance towards Customer and Third Party IP. To build rigour into IP-based assets, TCS R&I created the New Products and Services Development (NPSD) governance Framework to assist and review the conceptualisation, assetisation, and commercialisation phases of all the innovative products in TCS. She works closely with TCS R&I as NPSD deputy process owner. She also heads the IP service partner for Corporate Research & Innovation group where she guides them on IP Creation, IP Protection, IP portfolio management, IP Landscaping, IP Search, Invention Mining & Maturing, IP business enablement, and Freedom to Operate, IP Training and IP Risk Management. She regularly interacts with global IP ecosystem stakeholders including industry and professional bodies to promote collaboration.

Prior to this role, she was operations and delivery head for large customer accounts. She has been with TCS for over 20 years. She has a doctorate degree in theoretical physics from the University of Hyderabad, Telangana. 





Mr Anan Sivananthan
Bird & Bird ATMD

Anan is a partner in our Intellectual Property group in Singapore where his commercial insights into our clients’ needs enable him to design and implement global IP monetisation strategies.

With extensive experience in patent litigation, patent management and monetisation, trademark litigation and other high-value IP dispute resolution matters, he is also experienced in managing anticounterfeiting issues. Over the years, he has handled major patent lawsuits in Singapore and internationally across various sectors, specifically Technology and Life Sciences & Healthcare.



Registration Guidelines –

Please follow these simple steps for easy registration to our webinar.

Step 1: Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tu5cndiFRYyVvGoWTK-iTA

Step 2: Using the link provided in the email, click on the link 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. 

Step 3: We will only admit attendees whose Zoom profiles match their registration names, so please make sure that your Zoom profile corresponds with your registration name. 

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The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.