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Gateway Law Corporation

Singapore > Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 3

Gateway Law Corporation is a Singapore-based IP firm with an Asia-wide focus. It has an extensive team of IP specialists that includes patent, design and trade mark agents.  It focuses on trade marks, domains and patents, among other areas such as anti-counterfeiting programmes. It represents an impressive list of local, regional and international businesses. It is noted for its expertise in commercialisation strategies, IP protection and portfolio management. Managing director Max Ng  specialises in trade marks, patents and copyright.

Practice head(s):

Max Ng

Key clients

National University of Singapore

Challenger Technologies Limited

Formula One Management Limited

Institute of Technical Education

Xiaomi Inc.

Burnt Ends Restaurant Pte

Work highlights

  • 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 on its extensive IP portfolio and developing protection strategies in support of its growth.
  • Advised Formula One Management on its IP protection strategies in Singapore and active enforcement of its brand.

Singapore > International arbitration

The growing Gateway Law Corporation international arbitration practice was boosted in 2022 by the arrivals of Simon Dunbar and Kevin Lim who joined from King & Spalding LLP. Dunbar brings expertise in joint venture, energy, technology and infrastructure disputes, as well as investor-state arbitrations; and Lim specialises in international arbitration, acting as advocate and arbitrator.

Singapore > TMT: local firms Tier 1

Gateway Law Corporation advises its clients on matters relating to communications law, information technology and e-commerce while the personal data protection and cybersecurity group deals with compliance in cross-jurisdictional transactions.

Gateway Law was incorporated and formed through a strategic merger with the local practice of Max Ng & Co on 15 March 2006. The name Gateway is symbolic of the firm’s desire to be a gateway to success for all its clients. Their local as well as international clients will find the firm their gateway to Asia as they protect and enhance their legal and commercial interests in this region.

The formation of Gateway Law is an important milestone, and represents their desire to service their clients in a more effective manner. Gateway has offices, people and associated offices in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines and in other South East Asian countries. Such associations allow them to leverage on the skills and expertise of numerous legal associates, patent attorneys, trade mark executives and other professionals in these countries. Together, their combined presence covers the leading cities in Asia, and their team will continue to provide the same personalised and professional legal services that their clients have come to expect over the years.

Practice areas
intellectual property: Our intellectual property practice is renowned and is one of the most extensive in the region.  Tapping into our network, they are able to assemble a team that can deliver effective services across the region, from China and Hong Kong to Australia, India and beyond.

In addition to patent and trade mark agency services, Gateway Law primarily advises clients on matters relating the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights, both in Singapore and around the region. The practice team also focuses heavily on anti-counterfeiting initiatives, enforcement and border customs control, licensing, franchising and other forms of IP commercialisation work.

International Arbitration: Gateway’s International Arbitration Practice Group is helmed by experienced practitioners, Simon Dunbar and Kevin Lim.

Before joining Gateway, Simon and Kevin spent a combined 25 years in top-tier international law firms. They have represented clients from Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle-East in complex and high-stakes international arbitrations, and have successfully argued “bet the company” claims worth billions of dollars.

Combined, they have been involved in approximately 100 international arbitrations. This puts our practice among the most experienced arbitration teams in the region.

As a specialist arbitration team, we are able to provide our clients with international expertise from the platform of a Singapore law practice. Not only do we handle all arbitrations from start to finish, including advocacy at trial, we can also provide pre-dispute advice on Singapore law, and represent our clients in related Singapore court litigation. This makes us a “one stop shop” for our clients’ global disputes needs.

Info-communication and technology: Gateway Law has a leading practice in this area, and has been ranked and cited in a number of publications. Gateway counts numerous technology companies and other info-communication related entities as its clients. The practice primarily advises on matters relating to communications law, information technology law, electronic commerce, domain names and on regulatory compliance issues.  The team is also committed to assisting the efforts of various start-ups and technopreneurship activities in Singapore and has been regularly involved in events on the ground.

Corporate and commercial: The corporate and commercial team has extensive experience in advising clients at every stage of the growth of their businesses. From structuring the business vehicle, to fund raising and investments, commercial exploitation of their intellectual property assets, products and services, and on to asset, business and share sales and purchases, they grow in tandem with their clients.

Real estate: The practice team advises and assist clients with various aspects of their real estate transactions. They advise on leases, tenancy agreements, pre-termination, sale and purchase and mortgage transactions. Some of their clients have been government Statutory Boards. They also possess the capability to act for developers in their purchase, development and subsequent sale of their developments, as well as advising and representing corporate and individual clients in property development, sale, purchase, mortgage, lease and tenancy of residential and commercial properties and for financial institutions in financing on secured lending.

Employment and immigration: The team consistently work with a major US international law firm and a regional French legal consultancy firm to provide legal services to their multinational clients in primarily the technology, automobile, finance and banking, engineering, energy and medical sectors. Clients appreciate their commercial, long term and strategic advice, their quick turnaround time and high responsiveness. Their extensive knowledge in local policies and politics, coupled with their intimate understanding of the inner workings of regulatory bodies, plays a critical role in effective and efficient engagement with such bodies when undertaking audit and work pass application work.

Litigation and dispute resolution: The litigation and dispute resolution practice offers a range of commercial dispute resolution services. They have particular expertise in certain niche areas such as patent, trade mark and copyright litigation, anti-counterfeiting proceedings, enforcement actions, customs procedures, domain name disputes, IT and media disputes and arbitration in Singapore.

Franchising and licensing: The team is comprised of lawyers with varied backgrounds in corporate law, litigation and IP. This multidisciplinary approach enables our team to negotiate, advise on and prepare domestic and international franchises, licenses, confidentiality, distributorship, and dealership agreements in accordance with the specific requirements of the client. The team has represented and advised numerous franchises, both local and foreign, and is currently representing one of the largest franchises in the world.

Media and entertainment: The practice team is comprised of a regional group of lawyers who seek to assist media companies, independent creatives, and practitioners of the arts in identifying and enforcing their legal rights and liabilities vis-à-vis the creative works they create, produce or perform, and also on matters relating to the subsequent commercialisation and exploitation of their creative works and artistic rights. The team have acted as advisors in all aspects of the media and entertainment industries for Singaporean and international clients. These industries include film, television, advertising and marketing, technology and telecommunications, music and sports.

Intellectual Property, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Franchising & Licensing, Info-communications & Technology, and Fintech Max 6221 7311
Real Estate Alan 6533 7522
Media and entertainment Michael 6221 6360
International Arbitration Kevin
International Arbitration Simon
International Private Wealth Zac Jason Lucaszac.lucas@gateway-law.comq
Family and Matrimonial Law Ng Pui 6323 1261
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA)
ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (AIPA)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore)
International Advisory Group (IAG)
World Tech Legal


Gateway’s Intellectual Property Practice Group encompasses both contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property law, including:

  • Registration and prosecution of trade marks, designs and patents (local and globally, with a strong focus on South East Asian jurisdictions);
  • Client advisory and management of client IP portfolios;
  • Advising on IP commercialisation and IP strategic advice for businesses;
  • IP Audits and Due diligence
  • IP and Cross Border enforcement;
  • Representing clients in opposition, revocation and/or invalidation proceedings at the Registry and at the Courts;
  • Representing our clients in IP infringement proceedings at the Courts.

Our team members have also been listed and recognised in numerous publications.  Specifically, our Mr. Max Ng has been recognised and listed as a recommended and leading Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer.