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Event type: Webinar
Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 10:00 AM (CEST) – 3:00 PM (ICT) – 4:00 PM (SGT)
Venue: Online



What are “Smart Cities”?

A smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business (European Commission n.d.). For instance, in regards to Singapore, its Smart Nation initiative started in 2014, and has resulted in projects ranging from digital government services, the deployment of Autonomous Vehicles, and using technology to improve the built environment.

With that movement/ revolution, urbanisation has emerged and as you might know, it is a never-ending phenomenon. To illustrate, by 2030 a further 90 million people are expected to have moved into cities across South-East Asia (SEA). Within this context, European SMEs tend to provide highly innovative niche solutions that only work in combination with a number of other interdependent technologies. This might require an SME to disclose its innovations to third parties, increasing the risk of copying if no measures for IP protection are in place before entering the respective market. It is crucial to establish a comprehensive IP strategy that considers all available forms of IP protection in order to minimise the risks associated with entering markets in SEA.

In this framework, Singapore Economic Development Board and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk would like to invite you to join this live session and stay tuned to hear how SEA in general and Singapore in specific has partnered companies to develop these projects & learn about the upcoming opportunities that companies can participate in; and more importantly, how you can protect & enforce your IP rights for the Smart Cities Industry in these particular region.



  • Marianne Tan – Regional Director- Europe, Economic Development Board

Marianne is a Regional Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), where she advances Singapore’s engagements with companies in France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. 

Previously,  Marianne was part of the Energy & Chemicals division of the EDB, where she was an account manager for petrochemical and specialty chemical companies. She was also led the talent development and R&D strategies for the sector. She later joined the Human Capital Division, where she was in charge of workforce augmentation policies and talent development for the Digital sector. 

Marianne holds a Masters in Economic Policy from University College London and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

  • James Kinnaird – External Expert, South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk & Partner, Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP

James Kinnaird (BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from Glasgow University, PhD from Cambridge University) initially followed the usual path for chemists with his background and spent time in the US doing postdoctoral work at Columbia University and as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer in Sandwich (UK), before switching track to become a patent attorney in 2005. He is now a Registered Singapore Patent attorney (2014), Chartered Patent Attorney (UK, 2009) and he was also a European Patent Attorney (qualified 2009) before his move to Singapore in 2013.

James is now a Partner in the Singapore office of Marks & Clerk and has broad experience in assisting clients protect their ideas over a wide range of technology areas, including the electronic and chemical arts, as well as wearable technology, materials and food. James also has particular expertise in assisting clients understand IP-risks associated with launching their product in a new territory – particularly in ASEAN. James has been actively involved in training the next generation of patent attorneys and he was also a member of two examination committees for the Singapore patent examinations from 2015 to 2018.


Participation is free-of-charge. Register now!