Mr Gilbert Leong > Dentons Rodyk > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Rodyk
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Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group, Commercial, Compliance, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Intellectual Property & Technology Litigation.


Gilbert Leong is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice group.

Gilbert has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting commercial agreements in relation to distribution of goods/services, procurement and tenders, manufacturing arrangements, acquisition of hardware, software development, licensing, maintenance, acquisition of intellectual property such as trademark and patents, computer turnkey projects, consultancy services, IP structuring, Internet related transactions cloud computing and E-commerce. Gilbert also provides advice on aspects of joint ventures, alliances and mergers & acquisitions.

He has also been counsel to parties involved in the telecommunication industry. In particular, he has advised on disputes arising as between telecommunication licensees, application for licences, market access and infrastructural issues. Gilbert has also been very active in the field of data privacy/protection matters, having acted for large financial institutions, healthcare providers, and industrial companies. He has also written and spoken widely on the area. As a member of the Legal Sub-Committee of the National Internet Advisory Committee, Gilbert participated in the drafting to the “Model Data Protection Code for the Private Sector”.

Gilbert’s IP litigation experience includes copyright (software) suits, patent infringements as well as obtaining and executing search & seizure warrants. Additionally, he has prosecuted parties under a fiat from the Attorney General for offences under both the Trade Marks Act and Copyright Act. Gilbert also attends to hearings before the Trade Mark registry.

In addition to his legal qualifications, Gilbert also holds a Certificate in Computer Programming and Information Processing from the City & Guilds of London Institute. Gilbert has authored numerous articles and given speeches on a variety of intellectual property rights, technology issues and electronic commerce.

Gilbert was also a member of several technology-focused think tanks in Singapore.


Senior Partner – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP) (2002 – present)
GE Medical Systems (1999 – 2002)
Baan Company (1997 – 1999)
Rodyk & Davidson (1990 – 1997)




LLM (Merit) University College London, 1991
LLB (Hons) National University of Singapore, 1989

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Singapore > Intellectual property: Local firms

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.

Singapore > TMT: local firms

Biotechnology, media and telecoms are areas of particular expertise for the team at Dentons Rodyk. On the customer side, the group regularly assists healthcare and financial institutions, while multi-national IT service providers form a key source of instructions on the vendor side. As well as advising on M&A, data privacy and disputes work with a nexus to TMT, the department is well versed in the negotiation of procurement and services contracts, including those relating to systems and software acquisition, hosting services and data centres. The practice is under the joint leadership of Gilbert Leong and Elaine Lew, while Maw Jiun Foo oversees the dedicated data privacy and cybersecurity offering. Commercial expert Catherine Lee is also recommended.