Intellectual property: Local firms in Singapore

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP has one of the largest teams in the market, fielding a range of specialists across all aspects of intellectual property. It leads the market in core areas such as patent prosecution and protection thanks to extensive experience in major industry sectors, including chemistry, biotechnology, computer science, and mechanical and electrical engineering. Stanley Lai, SC leads the intellectual property practice and is at the forefront of IP litigation and IT disputes. Low Pei Lin is an experienced figure in IP protection, portfolio and rights management, and heads up a team of patent prosecution specialists. Counsel Gloria Goh is another key department member, leading teams on a number of headline cases.

Practice head(s):

Stanley Lai, SC

Testimonials

‘Allen & Gledhill always address clients’ needs and questions, and provides their excellent professional services in a timely manner.’

‘A&G’s first-class lawyers and consistent delivery comes highly recommended.’ 

‘ I consider that the litigation strategy of Allen & Gledhill is better than that of other law firms acting on behalf of the other side of a lawsuit. The degree of cooperation among lawyers in the litigation team is high.’

‘Dr Stanley Lai SC always answers clients’ enquiries precisely and provides his excellent professional opinions in a timely manner.’

‘Dr Stanley Lai and his team have the best knowledge of IP law. Dr Stanley is a very humble person, but you will get high confidence when you first meet with him. His team works on every detail to support your case. You can immediately tell the difference if you engage Dr Stanley Lai and his team comparing with the team on the other side.’

‘If the knowledge of IP law is important to your case, then Dr Stanley Lai is the right lawyer for you, he is very senior and sincere.’

‘Low Pei Lin comes highly recommended. She is a skilful and respected attorney, with a stellar track record when it comes to getting work done. She is patient and clearly outlines what is to be expected with honest and cost-effective solutions.’

‘Vignesh Vaerhn understands the client’s demands and the value of client’s technologies in their business context with deep knowledge and experiences in practice. He understands the Japanese language as well.’

Work highlights

  • Represented Nippon Steel Chemical & Material in litigation in Singapore as part of an ongoing dispute in various jurisdictions (Japan and Taiwan) in relation to the alleged infringement of patents owned by Nippon Steel Chemical & Material in the area of semiconductor bonding wires.
  • Represented Sea Group/Garena in a dispute concerning copyright infringement claims brought against them in respect of one of their mobile games.
  • Acted for Hong Ying Ting, Liu Jia Wei, Nice Payroll Pte Ltd and Li Yong, the defendants in allegations of using confidential and copyrighted material for commercial and economic use in a new startup, revolving around claims of copyright infringement, breach of confidence, conspiracy, breach of contract and inducement for breach of contract.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow stands out for its ability to handle cross-border and multijurisdictional engagements across Southeast Asia. It has an especially strong record in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, consumer goods and retail, and TMT sectors. The Singapore team represents a wide range of international brands, coupled with a growing number of regional businesses. It routinely advises major global blue-chip corporates on strategically imperative matters in Singapore and across the Asia Pacific. Department head Andy Leck has almost 30-years of experience in contentious and non-contentious IP. Ren Jun Lim is highly rated in IP litigation and anti-counterfeiting programmes, and he is noted for healthcare, consumer goods and retail sector expertise. Former engineer Abe Sun co-heads the Asia Pacific patent prosecution practice. Sanil Khatri is a prominent senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Andy Leck

Other key lawyers:

Ren Jun Lim; Abe Sun; Natalie Huang; Sanil Khatri

Testimonials

‘The team is highly responsive to client requests and consistently provides high-quality legal advice and work. Rather than looking to just provide textbook advice, the team provides advice that is highly customised to context and client requests. Never fails to analyse and explain in detail the various legal options available, while also providing well-considered recommendations for the most viable option in each scenario. ’

‘The responsiveness of the team is unparalleled and it’s great to know that you have your advisory team by your side when you need them. The collaboration is seamless across departments and countries. A true pleasure to work with an IP department that transcends boundaries and resolves real-world problems ’

‘Solid, deep knowledge about the industry practices and related idiosyncrasies. Offered solid advice that is comprehensive yet defendable when needed.’

‘They are a firm that really listens to client needs and are happy to tailor-make programme which best fit individual client’s strategic operation for Singapore.’

‘Lim Ren Jun (Partner) / Natalie Huang (Associate) – Able to quickly grasp the essence of a client’s requests and provided tailored legal solutions, rather than simply dishing out cookie-cutter legal advice that one could simply read off legal websites.’

‘Lim Ren Jun has a keen business sense and ability to distil the issues. Ren Jun’s understanding of the law optimises the business outcome for the client.’

‘Ren Jun is candid in his approach that facilitated a good process for us as a client to clearly assess our requirements and options as well as the consequences of our choices.’

Key clients

3M

Abbott Laboratories

Motion Picture Association of America Inc.

Seek Limited

StarHub

Unilever

Caterpillar

DBS Bank

Fox Network Group

GSK

Hyundai Mobis

IQVIA

Kao Corporation

OSIM

Singtel

Spotify

Genk Capital

HTL

SciGen

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP is a global leader in IP and has dedicated extensive resources and senior expertise to its team in Singapore. Three experienced partners are at the forefront of the practice, supported by a managing counsel, counsel and a broader team of associates and paralegals, including a number that have a scientific or engineering background. Working alongside colleagues from multiple offices around the world, the group is frequently engaged in global IP management work. It is also highly experienced in IP cases before the Singapore courts and is a growing force in Geographical Indications. Lorraine Tay leads the group and is highly rated for brand management and IP advisory work. Alban Kang is a market leader in patent litigation across multiple industries and is an established name in the copyright area. Anan Sivananthan is a key figure in IP litigation in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Managing counsel Gene Kwek is hugely experienced in trade mark prosecution and brand management. Audrey Lim is a key name at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Lorraine Tay

Other key lawyers:

Alban KangAnan SivananthanGene Kwek ; Audrey Lim

Testimonials

‘The 2Birds team led by Lorraine Tay provides an excellent service and impresses with their deep knowledge of the industry paired with good commercial acumen. They consistently go above and beyond to deliver high-quality work.’

‘Lorraine Tay is extremely experienced and is a leader in the field of trademark-related work. She is an excellent communicator and is appreciated for her commercially-focused advice that is nuanced and thorough.’

Key clients

Amgen Inc

Ascott International Management

B. Braun Melsungen AG

Kao Corporation

Merck KGaA

Monster Energy Company

Olam International Holdings Limited

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Government of Greece and the Greek dairy industry to oppose an application for the cancellation of their geographical indication registration for “Feta” cheese in Singapore.
  • Successfully assisted BBC, Discovery, EPL, La Liga and TVB (members of the Coalition Against Piracy) in securing site blocking orders in Singapore.
  • Assisted a major Japanese cosmetics company in managing their multitude of brands across various jurisdictions in Asia and Europe, from pre-launch through to protection of the marks and management of oppositions and third-party proceedings as well as other cross border disputes.

Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC is primarily known as a dispute resolution firm and this is reinforced by its work in the IP litigation field. Moreover, it has a highly-developed trade mark, patent and design filing practice in Singapore. Its client list in the trade mark and patent fields is extensive and prestigious, including the likes of Apple, Audi, Facebook and Singapore Airlines. Top IP litigator Tony Yeo is managing director of the IP group and leader of the healthcare and life sciences department. Yvonne Tang is a big name in trade mark opposition proceedings, and Lim Siau Wen is noted for managing trade mark and patent portfolios. Meryl Koh is another prominent IP litigator and highly rated by clients, especially where the Mandarin language is required. Associate Javier Yeo also impresses clients.

Other key lawyers:

Javier Yeo

Testimonials

‘Very professional team. With D&N the key difference is their professionalism and internal confidence in their own abilities.’

‘D&N has always impressed me with their professionalism and efficiency. Unlike other firms, they are always timely, detailed and careful in their handling of my cases. The most important thing that sets them apart from the rest is their perseverance and innovative ideas. Somehow, they always seem to have a solution for everything, even for the most difficult and challenging cases. Their flexibility to accommodate to my tight schedule is also a very big plus point.’

‘The team is effectively bilingual and was able to look through our curriculum and workflow documents in Chinese to identify gaps in IP compliance and security. They were also able to put together a comprehensive handbook which we use to train newcomers to our company.’

‘Among all the lawyers whom I have worked with, Tony Yeo is the most knowledgeable and experienced lawyer I have met so far. He is very sharp and decisive and always gives me very good advice. His analysis of the cases and anticipation of the reaction from our opponents are always accurate and spot on.’

‘Meryl Koh is meticulous, hard-working, available at all times for anything. Her work ethic is off the charts. She will truly work all hours just to make you reassured. Her work is outstanding. Very detailed and very skilled.’

‘Meryl Koh is a great strategist and is able to align very well with our overall objectives. We are confident that her advice is professional and her approach is to the best of our interest.’

‘Meryl Koh has shown her integrity and delivered professionalism objectively, enabling us to call for the right decision based on her careful thoughts and views. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and/or any firm looking to engage legal counsel and/or legal advisory.’

‘Another person whom I need to mention is Javier Yeo. He is very smart, quick and efficient. His work rate is simply outstanding. I have received important and urgent emails/WhatsApp messages from him late at night and even on weekends. He is always energetic and full of passion. A very nice and comfortable person to work with.’

Key clients

IIa Technologies Pte Ltd

Apple

Audi

Exxon Mobile Corporation

Facebook

Ferrari

Instagram

Lamborghini

Mediacorp

Mitsubishi

Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd)

Novartis

PepsiCo Group

Pfizer

Qualcomm

Sentosa Development Corporation

Shell International B.V.

Singapore Airlines

Target Brands, Inc

Toyota

Tupperware Brands

TWG Tea Company Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented IIa Technologies Pte Ltd, an industry leader and manufacturer of lab-grown diamonds with the largest diamond growing facility in the world, in a patent infringement suit commenced by Element Six Technologies.
  • Advised on Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd’s opposition against a Singapore trade mark application in the name of Digi International Inc.
  • Advised Alfa Laval Corporate AB on the patent revocation for “Separator”, registered in the name of GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH.

Amica Law LLC

Amica Law LLC is a large IP boutique law firm in Singapore with a highly impressive client following of international brands, local companies, universities and government agencies. The practice features a number of immensely experienced IP professionals, covering specialist areas of expertise within the field. This includes the seasoned Jo-Ann See and Winnie Tham in IP protection and management, and leading IP litigator Jason Chan. Wilson Wong provides further longstanding expertise in IP licensing, agreements and technology. The firm continued to advise on a series of big-ticket patent and trade mark infringement cases, along with key trade mark filing, prosecution and management engagements. Melvin Pang is another key IP litigator.

Practice head(s):

Jo-Ann See

Other key lawyers:

Melvin Pang; Winnie Tham Jason ChanWilson Wong

Testimonials

‘Amica Law impresses as a very powerful, professional, innovative and results-oriented firm. One of its key strengths is its persistent spirit for handling cases they are responsible for. And the other strength is its collegiate culture, which has helped to cultivate many creative, useful and solution-driven thinking. They never slack off efforts on dealing with our cases, always replying and solving confusions promptly. Amica Law is also an experienced firm in the IP field and its intensive and high-standard quality has helped to gain wide attention among the IP field.’

‘Someone who works out issues swiftly to find the best practical and commercial solutions, Winnie Tham is a flexible planning strategist and impresses us a lot. Her prominent expertise and broad experience makes her well fitted to advise and help clients on freedom to operate. She always gives professional and valued solutions to us and spares no efforts to help us achieve goals, which is beyond our anticipation.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

ExxonMobil Corporation

Element Six (UK) Limited

Razer Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd

Amazon.com, Inc.

Starbucks Coffee Company

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd

Millennium & Copthorne International Limited

Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited

Banking Computer Services Private Limited

SISTIC.com Pte Ltd

Sembcorp Marine Ltd

Carousell Pte Ltd

Singapore University of Technology and Design

Align Technology Inc.

Liquid Group Pte. Ltd.

Le Creuset Group AG

Kering Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Element Six Technologies Ltd in a patent infringement suit over synthetic diamond patents.
  • Advised on and managed the worldwide trade mark portfolio of Razer Asia-Pacific Pte. Ltd.
  • Drafted, filed, and prosecuted Singapore patent applications, and managed the worldwide patent portfolio of Sembcorp Marine and its related entities.

Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has a strong emphasis on patents and trade marks, acting for commercial organisations as well as higher education institutions. Building on the firm’s wider international network, the local team has achieved growth in engagements from foreign entities filing for protection in Singapore. The group has a particular niche in patent drafting for the electromechanical sector. Pharmaceuticals, technology, banking and insurance are also fortes for the team. Gilbert Leong leads the IP and technology practices at the firm, which includes prominent partner Catherine Lee and senior consultant Ai Ming Lee, who continues to lead on many of the group’s major patent infringement cases.

Practice head(s):

Gilbert Leong

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Lee Ai Ming Lee 

Key clients

Towa Corporation

NexPlanar Corporation / Wah Lee Tech (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp (“Merck”)

Staywell Hospitality Group Pty Ltd

Swinkels Family Brewers N.V. (f.k.a. Bavaria N.V.)

Tomy Incorporated

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité (INAO)

Panasonic Corporation

Viña Concha y Toro

Autodesk, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Towa Corporation in a High Court patent infringement suit against ASM Technology Singapore and ASM Pacific Technology.
  • Represented Staywell Hospitality, a global hospitality chain, in defending trade mark invalidation proceedings initiated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Sheraton International.
  • Acted for Panasonic Corporate in filing an opposition against foreign applicant Agrawal Ankush in relation to the trade mark PALSONIC.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP has a strong focus on the areas of technology, new media, sports and gambling. The IP group operates at the more premium end of the market, notably in software licensing agreements and domain name disputes with a lesser of an emphasis on trade mark and patent registrations. Department head Lau Kok Keng is a leading name in the sports and gambling sectors, both in disputes and transactions. Nicholas Lauw is a key figure in technology, media and data privacy; this includes licensing and software agreements, and patent and copyright disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lau Kok Keng

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Lauw

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, able to turn around quickly to meet tight deadlines, deep knowledge of the law, practical.’

‘The firm is professional, and was forthcoming with recommending better solutions.’

‘Nicholas Lauw is very responsive and is able to provide pragmatic and commercial advice for our business.

‘Nicholas Lauw has more than often achieved the outcome that our company was looking for. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs sound legal advice for patent litigation cases.’

‘Lau Kok Keng from Rajah & Tann has rich knowledge in IP and was able to help us very well with agreements that involve IP matters, such as performance agreements that involve content creation.’

Key clients

Adobe Systems Inc.

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Microsoft Corporation

Singapore Pools (Private) Limited

Sunseap Group Pte Ltd, Sunseap Energy Pte Ltd, Sunseap Leasing Pte Ltd

Sunstar Inc.

Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Singapore National Olympic Council

NTUC Foodfare Co-operatives Pte. Ltd.

Nanyang Technological University

Tiong Seng Contractors Pte Ltd

Phenomenon Agents Limited

Foresight Metal Engineering Pte Ltd

The Coca-Cola Company and Honest Tea, Inc

JERA Global Trading

Daimler South East Asia Pte. Ltd.

Alila Hotels & Resorts

Fédération Internationale de Football Association

Fujitsu Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

SEA Limited

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

Singapore Sports Council

Youngjoy Technology Limited

EW Cinemas Pte Ltd

Public Utilities Board

Express Food Group Co., Limited

Archroma Singapore Pte Ltd

Penta Ocean Construction Co, Ltd.

Software One Pte Ltd

Kopitiam Investment Pte Ltd

Tokio Marine Life Insurance Singapore Ltd

Birkenstock GMBH & Co

Ministry of Education

The Bible Society of Singapore

TWD Industrial Company Ltd

Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd

Denise Keller

Yitai (Shanghai) Plastic Co. Ltd

PharmaCare Laboratories Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Birkenstock on claims for trade mark infringement and passing off against former distributors in Singapore and Malaysia.
  • Engaged by the Ministry of Education to conduct a training course on copyright issues in the digital educational landscape for teachers and personnel of Government schools.
  • Acted for a prominent local media personality against an individual for infringement of copyright relating to the use of certain photos and videos on social media.

Taylor Vinters

Taylor Vinters has a rounded IP practice covering patents, trade marks, copyrights and designs, among other core segments; these include prosecution, commercialisation and disputes work. The firm has developed a niche in emerging areas such as non-fungible tokens in the creative industries. It works with a range of international brands, along with a growing number of local and regional start-ups and emerging companies. Yingyu Wang has a prolific practice in trade mark oppositions, copyrights, brand protection strategies, and patent litigation. Anthony Soh leads the dispute resolution team and has over 30 years of experience in high-stakes IP litigation. Wai Yeng Chan is head of IP strategy.

Practice head(s):

Yingyu Wang

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Soh; Wai Yeng Chan; Victoria Armstrong; Shannon Ker

Testimonials

‘The IP team at Taylor Vinters Via LLC are wonderful colleagues to have as they are strong communicators, who give clear instructions, opinions, and recommendations that are easy to pass along to clients.’

‘Shannon Ker is fabulous. We have really enjoyed getting to work with her on trade mark and opposition work both in the United States and Singapore. She has great communication skills, provides detailed recommendations, and anticipates potential questions so you receive everything you may need to pass along her advice to a client.’

Key clients

Aeon Co. Ltd.

JoYY Inc.

Supernova Pte. Ltd.

VIVO Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.

Pony AI, Inc

Murano Pte. Ltd.

Featurespace Limited

AEvice Health Pte Ltd

Ryde GmbH

CXA Group Pte Ltd

Ditto Music Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Ditto Music Pte Ltd on the copyright/royalty right assignment and other rightsholder elements of its intended issuance of non-fungible tokens tied to artists and music.
  • Continued to manage the dynamic ™ portfolio of Supernova, and resolved opposition proceedings lodged by Chanel in various jurisdictions.
  • Assisted Ryde GmbH in engaging with infringers in cases of online copyright infringement of protected works on websites and online social media platforms through its platform – KodakOne.  

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP has a burgeoning profile in the IP space thanks to the presence of highly-rated team leader Lam Chung Nian. He is building a higher-profile team that is routinely landing big engagements in the Singapore and Southeast Asia markets. The team is widely recognised for its strategic, transactional and commercial IP expertise. It manages the IP portfolios of a range of multinationals and regional brands and has achieved further prominence in major copyright site-blocking actions. Kylie Peh is another rounded IP practitioner that is developing a strong client following in her own right.

Practice head(s):

Lam Chung Nian

Other key lawyers:

Kylie Peh

Testimonials

‘Leading firm, strength in depth, good advice.’

‘With WongPartnership, the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seems possible every time. Their calm and empathetic demeanour offers relief to clients always. I am grateful for their passion, dedication, and professionalism.’

‘The team also has a good track record in delivering effective and practical training in IP management issues to public agencies.’

‘The lawyers at WongPartnership understand business realities and how business is done in the US. They are then capable of providing thoughtful, specific advice that takes into account the business realities.’

‘Lam Chung Nian  – seasoned operator, you know you are in safe hands.’

‘My experience with Lam Chung Nian has been excellent. He has been stupendous through and through as he is very insightful and is an expert in his field. Truly a professional and a marvellous individual. The rapport has been outstanding at all times, prompt, and timely. I thank Chung Nian for his integrity and transparency.’

‘Chung Nian is one of the best IP practitioners in this region we have worked with. He knows the industry well, and often provides the best legal solution. Commercially sound and practical solutions.’

‘Kylie Peh, who has been well trained by Chung Nian, is another well-regarded practitioner in WongPartnership.’

Key clients

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Government Technology Agency (GovTech)

The Football Association Premier League Limited

OCBC Bank

Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX)

Fast Retailing Co Ltd

Kao Corporation

Essilor

A Menarini Asia-Pacific

PCCW Media Limited (PCCW)

Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA)

Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited (Temasek)

SMRT Corporation Ltd and its group of companies

DBS Bank

Capitaland

Motion Picture Association of America

Singapore Press Holdings Ltd.

Singapore Telecommunications Limited

KrisShop Pte. Ltd.

Pan-United Corporation Ltd

Frasers Property Limited

Sport Singapore

Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte. Ltd (CAG)

Yum! Brands (owners of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands)

T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Silver Lake Management, L.L.C.

Square, Inc.

Fitbit, Inc

Wirecard Singapore Pte. Ltd. / Wirecard Asia Holding Pte. Ltd

Proterra Investment Partners

Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., Ltd

Sinovac Life Sciences Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised SMRT Corporation Ltd. on strategic IP arrangements in connection with the Singapore-Johor Bahru Rapid Transit Link (RTS Link Project).
  • Acted for seven leading South Korean broadcasters and/or production houses, on their copyright site blocking action before the Singapore courts to successfully obtain a court order to block the streaming of infringing media and content.
  • Advised Singapore Exchange Limited on IP, Tech and Data Issues in its acquisition of BidFX Systems Ltd.

Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP has a long and prestigious history in the IP field with a large team of patent and trade mark specialists. The patent team features a number of highly qualified academics, engineers and scientists with specific knowledge of industry sectors such as pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, biochemistry and semiconductor technology. The firm consistently ranks among the top filers for both trade mark and patent applications in Singapore. Managing partner Michelle Ng is a prominent IP specialist and Lee Shy Tsong is a key name in patent and trade mark registration. Hubert Giam heads the mechanical and electrical group in the patents division with Lim Teck Yeow leading the life sciences and chemical group.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Ng; Hubert Giam; Lim Teck Yeow

Other key lawyers:

Gooi Chiu Duan; Lee Shy Tsong

Gateway Law Corporation

Gateway Law Corporation is noted for commercial IP and has an extensive record in IP protection strategies for Singaporean and Southeast Asian businesses, along with international brands that have a presence in the region. Max Ng  is the firm’s managing director.

Practice head(s):

Max Ng

Key clients

National University of Singapore

Challenger Technologies Limited

Formula One Licensing B.V.

Institute of Technical Education

Xiaomi Inc.

Burnt Ends Restaurant Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Formula One Licensing B.V. on its IP protection strategies in Singapore and active enforcement of its brand.
  • Advised and represented the National University of Singapore (NUS) in negotiations on the commercialisation of its IP under its Industry Liaison Office.
  • Advised Challenger Technologies Limited on its extensive IP portfolio and developing protection strategies in support of its growth.

Ghows LLC

Since its launch in 2019, Ghows LLC has made considerable progress in establishing itself in the market. Led by the vastly experienced Bryan Ghows, the boutique firm has genuine prominence in cross-border IP arbitrations, IP litigation, and trade mark portfolio management. In these, it provides 'clear tactics and proposals based on its deep insight and experiences.'

Practice head(s):

Bryan Ghows

Other key lawyers:

Jasmine Toh

Testimonials

‘The team at Ghows has been very easy to work with. As a European company with no contacts in Singapore, it has been a pleasure to work with a company that is very trustworthy, concise and easy to work with.’

‘Bryan and his team are hard-working, responsive and accommodating if the client is cost sensitive.’

‘We appreciate Bryan’s responsiveness to our needs and his depth of experience on a global basis. Compared to other firms, I like Bryan’s ability to identify areas/issues to pay attention to and to have the ability to have an in-depth conversation around the topics. Most recently, we have been lucky that Bryan had the right connections to bring in resources in areas not typically dealt with by his team.’ 

‘Both Bryan Ghows and Jasmine Toh are very professional. They have provided many good and cost-effective suggestions for our ongoing legal dispute. They give clear guidance on resolution between settlements vs legal costs.’

‘I had the pleasure to work with both Jasmine Toh and Bryan Ghows. I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs legal help for intellectual property and technology.’

‘Ghows is a specialist IP firm – and the depth of their knowledge is very clear from the start. They use their specialism intelligently – they make a clear effort to understand the client, as well as the client’s objectives, and explain what can be practically achieved in a very clear and business-oriented way. It is notable that if they don’t believe an objective can be met cost-efficiently they advise against a course of action, even though this means less or no work for them.’

‘Partner and associates collaborate with each other, and the team as a whole exercises its ablitities and expertise very much. In an arbitration case, the team shown us clear tactics and proposals based on its deep insight and experiences.’

Key clients

Sysmex Corporation

Nalli Pte Ltd

Shing Lee Publishers Pte Ltd

IAG Insurtech Innovation Hub Pte Ltd

Ambi Labs Limited

Akira Back LLC

Back Corporation

The Orientalist Spirits Pte Ltd

Global Beverage Industries Pte Ltd

Aqua Concepts Ltd

Advocado Pte Ltd

Kacific 1 Pte Ltd

Cycling Without Age Singapore Pte Ltd

WorldRoamer Pte Ltd

Vox Hibernicis Ltd

BLVCK SRL

Ivanti Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Nalli Pte Ltd, a well-known silk and saree retailer in Singapore, in defending against claims brought by its competitors including trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Advised IAG Insurtech Innovation Hub Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of IAG Limited, on the commercialisation of intellectual property.
  • Advised Akira Back LLC and the Back Corporation in the management and expansion of its global IP portfolio and expansion of restaurant operations in the USA, Canada, Southeast Asia and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC

Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC is a boutique firm with a strong focus on IP, and a rich heritage in portfolio management and landmark IP disputes. Joyce Tan is a prominent name in major IP disputes, along with trade mark and patent registration. Jeffrey Lim‘s practice spans IP and TMT, while Daniel Lim is noted for patent disputes; he represented ASM Technology Singapore in a high-value infringement claim relating to auto-moulding machines used to package semi-conductor chips.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Tan

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Lim; Daniel Lim

Testimonials

‘The team is competent and responsive, and provides great added value.’

‘Daniel Lim is decisive and clear in his written advice, and is not afraid to take controversial positions.’

‘Joyce Tan is great in her questioning of opposing lawyers, hustling answers out them in a gentle way without antagonizing them.’

‘Strengths lie in Jeffrey Lim’s integrated understanding across technology, IP and commercials. This allows a very comprehensive view on negotiation options and strategies. The commitment and dedication of the counsel was also commendable, working across weekends and evening hours where required to deliver the outcome.’

‘Jeffrey Lim – professionalism and responsiveness above the rest.’

Key clients

ASM Technology Singapore Pte Ltd

FUJI XEROX GROUP

PUBG Corporation

Ministry of Crab Pte Ltd

Sembcorp Industries

Capital Line Universal Pte Ltd

Mercatus Co-operative Limited

Rockworth Capital Partners Limited

Temenggong Artists-in-Residence Ltd

Esplanade Co Ltd

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation

PFIP International

Tourism Australia

PT Combiphar

Pharma Health Care Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for ASM Technology Singapore in relation to infringement claim relating to auto-moulding machines used to package semi-conductor chips.
  • Acted for FUJI XEROX GROUP COMPANIES in the first known case on rights management information rights under the Copyright Act.
  • Acted for PUBG Corp against Garena International and others in an online game licensing dispute, with copyright infringement.

Ravindran Associates

Ravindran Associates is a prestigious Singapore IP boutique, which maintains an impressive multinational and regional client base. It continues to land significant engagements in trade mark oppositions, patent infringement proceedings and copyright enforcement actions. M. Ravindran is the managing partner and an experienced IP professional.

Practice head(s):

M. Ravindran

Other key lawyers:

Jon Chan Wenquiang

Testimonials

‘The team is headed by a very-experienced IP lawyer by the name of Ravindran. The firm provides excellent service at reasonable prices. The turn-around time is also very quick.’

‘Ravindran is highly-experienced and also willing to accommodate the needs of clients.’

‘Firm specializing in IP work. The partner and assigned staff were proactive in engaging with client and strategic in thoughts. Billing was fair, clear based on work done.’

‘Ravindran was partner in charge of case and he was knowledgeable, clear and approachable.’

‘Jon Chan was senior associates on case. Good knowledge of IP laws and quick response from him.’

‘Jon Chan Wenquiang is superb. He put together stellar arguments and evidence for us in a tricky opposition matter.’

‘Ravindran Associates LLP – a boutique IP firm with only a few people, but of exceptional quality and customer care. The firm handles all type of IP matters including IP registration and enforcement as well as transactions involving IP. They are exceptionally good and highly respected in Singapore in this field of practice, in particular in IP litigation.’

‘M. Ravindran – a titan in IP litigation with unmatched experience and foresight, and profound knowledge and know-how in enforcement issues. He always asks the right questions to develop an excellent case-specific strategy and provide a corresponding advice. He is nimble and responsive in attending to and understanding clients’ diverse needs.’

Key clients

Louis Vuitton Malletier

Guccio Gucci SPA

Burberry Limited

Polo Ralph Lauren

Calvin Klein, Inc

Natco Pharma Asia Pte Ltd

Grabtaxi Holdings Pte Ltd

Genentech Inc.

Biogen Inc.

Hoffman – La Roche AG

Amadeus SAS

Ministry of Food Pte Ltd

S&N International Pte Ltd

Australian Grape and Wine Incorporated

Bristol-Myers Squibb Holdings Ireland Unlimited Company

Cellresearch Corporation

RHTLaw Asia LLP

RHTLaw Asia LLP has an impressive track record in trade marks and copyrights, and further expanded its presence in the patent prosecution segment. The firm has a strong focus on consumer brands, food and beverages, healthcare and life sciences, and media. It continues to work on a number of IP protection and commercialisation engagements. Rizwi Wun is the key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Rizwi Wun

Testimonials

‘I’ve been working with RHT Law for many years, primarily in the IP space, but lately, they have been helping us out with a broader spectrum of services that are geared towards helping us to bring our IP to market.’

‘Rizwi Wun has been our principal RHT partner, and continues to work with us in protecting our IP, and together we are exploring how to protect our IP in countries where we don’t have patent protection.’

‘The IP Practice group at RHT has been extremely helpful in both designing our IP plan and executing it. They are pragmatic and expert in their advice and counsel so that we can make good decisions. They are flexible and accommodate our changing needs with efficiency and speed. In general, they have become our “trusted advisors”.’

‘Rizwi Wun is responsive, organized and effective both in the support to us and the execution of our needs. He is easy to work with and highly responsible in his approach.’

‘What sets RHT Law apart is the combination of sincerity and professionalism that was rendered during the course of engagement of legal services.’

Key clients

PVP Labs Pte Ltd

BBDO Singapore Pte Ltd

Critical Facility Group Pte. Ltd.

Carlsberg Breweries A/S (Denmark)

Lyte Ventures Pte. Ltd.

iCreo Pte Ltd

Nipsea Management Company Pte. Ltd.

Gushcloud Pte. Ltd.

Pu Tien Holdings Pte Ltd

Select Group Limited

Travecta Therapeutics Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised PVP Labs on the protection of the IP and potential commercialisation of their drugs throughout Asia, the most promising of which has the potential to act as a prophylactic against Covid-19 virus.
  • Advised CFG on the protection of the IP of their cutting-edge lightning technology in Singapore and elsewhere.
  • Advised Gushcloud on the protection of their brand name throughout the world, with a particularly successfully outcome in Vietnam.

Robinson LLC

Robinson LLC specialises in anti-counterfeiting and piracy matters, acting for a range of multinationals and high profile brands. The firm 'has a team with strong connections with law and enforcement authorities throughout the region.' Amongst a number of impressive engagements, it acted for CHANEL in online and offline anti-counterfeiting and trade mark enforcement matters across several Asia Pacific jurisdictions. In this regard, Cyril Chua is hugely experienced.

Practice head(s):

Cyril Chua

Testimonials

‘An experienced and hands-on team which we have been working with for many years. They know our industry very well and the related IP challenges, and are very flexible and easy to work with.’

‘Cyril Chua is a pleasure to work with and has supported us in matters in both Singapore and Malaysia over the years. We highly appreciate his understanding of our approach to Brand Protection and IP, and that he is able to guide us in finding the right balance in enforcement/litigation matters.’

‘The team is led by Cyril Chua. Robinson has a team with strong connections with law and enforcement authorities throughout the region. The team consist of diverse people consisting of attorneys, former law enforcement officer and paralegals with a commercial background. They have a good knowledge of intellectual property issues affecting the luxury industry and often come up with innovative solutions.’

‘Cyril is our first stop for all IP enforcement matters in Southeast Asia. His knowledge of the region and strong connections with local law enforcement authorities usually offer cost-effective solutions. Cyril is not one who writes long opinions, but concise and ‘to the point’ solutions. He helps us make sense of IP enforcement in countries where the law is uncertain and the enforcement environment is challenging.’

‘The team consist of a diverse group of people working together for many years under the leadership of Cyril Chua. Collectively, they are strongest anti-counterfeiting team in the region. They are very familiar with the IP law and enforcement regimes of various countries in the region. They also have in-depth understanding of the supply chain issues facing various industries, which is crucial in formulating effective strategies and policies to combat counterfeiting.’

‘Cyril Chua is one of the strongest anti-counterfeiting counsel in the region with vast experience in the the technology, luxury and FMCG industries. This straight speaking lawyer offers effective anti-counterfeiting strategies which is valued highly by the commercial teams of multi-national companies.’

Key clients

Hewlett-Packard (HP)

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha (Canon)

Brother Industries

CHANEL

Sanofi

Aktiebolaget SKF (SKF)

Kering Group (e.g. GUCCI, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta etc.)

MyRepublic Limited

BMW

Siemens

Work highlights

  • Advised HP on anti-counterfeiting and trade mark enforcement matters in relation to counterfeit printing consumables across the APAC region, resulting in substantial seizures of counterfeit HP products.
  • Acted for and advised CHANEL in online and offline anti-counterfeiting and trade mark enforcement matters across several APAC jurisdictions, resulting in substantial seizures of counterfeit CHANEL products despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acted for MyRepublic Limited on site-blocking applications brought under the Copyright Act in relation to illicit online streaming of various copyrighted content.

Withers KhattarWong LLP

Withers KhattarWong LLP is building its name in the IP field with a sizeable team that covers a range of protection, commercialisation and enforcement disciplines. The team has represented clients in a series of trade mark infringement and passing-off actions in the Singapore courts and now manages portfolios for a number of international and regional brands. Jim Lim‘s practice spans IP and IT, enabling a broad outlook with specific expertise in niche areas such as technology transfer and domain name disputes. Jonathan Kok is a key name in the media and tech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jim Lim

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Kok; Gretchen Su

Testimonials

‘Efficient and rapid cooperation in the area of intellectual property. Drafting of efficient, clear and useful intellectual property agreements with the employees of the company. Good and simple advice on the risks linked to intellectual property rights on software.’

‘We would like to point out that one of the team’s strengths and key capabilities is to give us the various solutions in detail, so as to overcome the actions issued by the Singapore Trademark Offices, and thus, our clients can always rely on such comments to seek the trademark registrations in Singapore. The team provides succinct and accurate communications with us, including timely docketing, notifying and reminding due dates.’

‘Good, simple and direct cooperation with Gretchen Su. Easy to contact and reactive.’

‘Jim Lim, Zachary Tay and Jonathan Kok are all excellent professionals in trademark matters.’

‘Jim Lim is one of the leading IP lawyers in Singapore. He leads a team of specialist IP lawyers who are all extremely knowledgeable in the law and very dedicated. It is always a pleasure to act as counsel for Jim’s team. They have a very good team spirit and will go the extra mile to assist lead counsel.’

‘Jim has unparalleled IP advisory and IP disputes combination experience. He has been the doyen of the Singapore IP Bar for some time now. In addition to his expertise in IP law, he is extremely personable and very diligent. Jim drafts well and is able to express himself clearly.’

Key clients

Wipro Unza Group

Sea Group

Raffles Medical Group

Mediacorp Pte. Ltd.

Global Schools Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Diasham Resources Pte. Ltd.

Dunham-Bush Holding Bhd.

Lintec & Linnhoff Holdings Pte. Ltd.

TalkMed Group Limited

Storhub Kallang Pte. Ltd.

AOKpass Pte. Ltd.

Barcook Bakery Pte Ltd

Allies Group Pte Ltd

TMRG Pte Ltd, Luke’s Tavern Holdings Pte Ltd

Sealxpert Products Pte Ltd

Pencil Technologies Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Asendia Holding AG in their Series C investment into Anchanto Pte. Ltd., a startup company specialising in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) services for the e-commerce sector.
  • Acted for the Wipro Unza Group on various enforcement actions against counterfeit products in Pakistan, Oman, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Acted for Allies Group in the protection of its trade marks and the management of its trade mark portfolio worldwide.