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Ms. Esther WEE 
President

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Esther is the co-founder, president and boarding member of IIPCC Singapore chapter. She is IP Counsel at Eversheds Harry Elias LLP, Singapore and her expertise lies in devising and managing comprehensive IP filing and protection strategies: From advising pre-emptive measures in registering and securing IP rights, to initiating criminal and civil action against IP infringers through enforcement actions and/or litigation. She is also a registered patent, trademark and industrial design agent in Malaysia. Notably, apart from protection and enforcement strategies, Esther also assists clients in maximizing the return on their IP investment by advising on licensing or franchising agreements relating to corporate acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic business activities. Her clients include multinational corporations, publicly listed companies and SMEs from a diverse range of industries including IT, communications, electrical and electronics, biotechnology, green technology, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and retail.

 

She is also an avid speaker and advocate when it comes to educating the public and business owners on ways they can invest and market their IP assets so that it becomes a tool for profit rather than a liability. She has conducted many trainings/workshops on IP with different organizations including with the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and Singapore’s DBS Bank Ltd’s SME Academy for SME Innovation.  

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Dr. Rex YEAP
Chair of IP Innopreneurship & Education Committee

Dr. Rex Yeap is the co-founder and Vice-Chairman IIPCC Singapore chapter. He is also a Partner of Invention Capital. His responsibilities include overseeing the creation and commercialization of innovative inventions and investing in and nurturing early-stage companies. Dr. Yeap is also a board member of the Business Angel Network (BANSEA) and an ASEAN Business Angel Alliance Director. Dr. Yeap holds a Master of Science (Distinction) from the University of Leeds and has conducted extensive research in developing several patented hedge fund systems. With over 30 years of experience in the Infocomm technology industry, he has worked across the value chain, including industry, government, and academia.

Dr. Yeap began his career in interactive digital media in the late 1980s, specifically in computer game design and development. In 1997, he was among the pioneering alumni of Kent Ridge Digital Labs, where he was involved in patent mapping and analysis. Since then, he has been continuously involved in numerous patent mapping, analysis, and strategy-related ventures. He has worked with a range of international clients in developing their IP road-mapping and commercialization strategies, utilizing proprietary and open innovation and patent analytics methodologies. Dr. Yeap co-founded 3i Analytics, where he and his team produced over 2000 original technology IP reports. He also directed efforts to design, develop, and commercialize the award-winning SurfIP portal. A list of Dr. Yeap's patents and publications can be found at http://ye.sg/patents.

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Mr. Glenn LIM
Chair of Franchise & Licensing Committee

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Glenn Lim, founded CEO Asia to help bridge entrepreneurs across Asia in
recognising their achievements and successes as well as establishing a
business network that would be able to collaborate together in the
future.

Recognizing that businesses and organisations are an intricate part of a
globalised society, he envisions that CEO Asia will play an essential
role towards building a unified Asia for a sustainable future. CEO Asia,
together with Maybank, IIPCC Singapore, IPOS Society are founding
partners for Brands For Good™ - a recognition programme that focuses
on developing and recognizing successful organisations that have
supported sustainability within society, the workplace and towards
environmental stewardship.

Glenn is also the Country Partner and Director for BBX Singapore.

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Mr. Jason LOH
Industrial Networking Director

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Jason Loh is a co-founder and board member of IIPCC Singapore. He is an innovator at heart with a mission to drive the growth of companies through the power of intellectual property. He is an advocate of active utilization of intangible assets and is an expert in developing brand, technology and growth strategies for private companies through global IP strategies, IP monetization, IP risk aversions, technology IP innovations and IP to business strategies. In recognition of his expertise in IP strategy, he has been named in IAM Strategy 300 since 2016.

He left his senior role as the ex-Head of Panasonic’s IP Group (ASEAN) and founded Piece Future, Asia’s Intellectual Property Investment Bank that serves as a vital key in the IP innovation ecosystem. 

Jason holds numerous high-profile positions – ex-Head of Panasonic’s IP Group (ASEAN), executive advisor to UK’s Institute of Innovation Knowledge Exchange (IKE), IP advisory partner of i2P Ventures, and IP advisory partner of True Vine Capital Partners. 
 

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Mr. Matthew ENGLISH
Strategy Director

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Matthew English is a Singapore Registered Patent Attorney, and Australian Registered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney.


Matthew has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in areas of technology including medical devices, additive manufacturing, semiconductors and renewable energy. In addition, he has been involved in litigation matters throughout Asia, Australia and Europe, including acting as an expert witness in several matters before the IP Court of Malaya.

Before entering the profession, Matthew worked in the R&D group of a listed Australian company, before moving to the University of Adelaide to manage a business unit of the Faculty of Engineering. Matthew is a graduate of the Foundation Course in Venture Capital and a Scope IP Consultant.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. Matthew entered the profession in 1998 with a leading Australian patent attorney firm, before moving to Singapore in 2004 to join Lloyd Wise, the predecessor of Marks & Clerk.

Matthew has been named an "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property from 2015 to 2022. He is listed in the 2017 & 2018 IAM Strategy 300 and as a ranked individual each year in the IAM Patent 1000 rankings since 2019.
 

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Mr. Alan Ng Yoon LEE
Co-chair of Special Projects Team

Alan is a board member of IIPCC Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of ABBA Consulting and the President of IPOS Society, a non-profit organization that champions intellectual property (IP) for humanitarian good under the banner of BRANDS FOR GOOD. He also serves in the Executive Committee of International IP Commercialization Council and Enterprise Singapore Society. He is also a trainer and public speaker on the subject of IP, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Prior to the above, he was the Director of International Engagement Department in Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), where he also held a concurrent appointment as the Founding Director of IPOS International Pte Ltd (IPOS-I), a wholly owned subsidiary of IPOS, to structure commercial partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental entities so as to expand the IP ecosystem for Singapore and ASEAN.

 

Alan also spent 5 years in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he was the Strategy Advisor to the Board of Directors and the Director-General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), a US$2 billion sovereign wealth fund that provides financing for development projects outside UAE.

 

In his earlier career, Alan also held various management positions: he was a founding Director of Singapore Cooperation Enterprise; Project Director of International Enterprise Singapore; Director’s Advisor to the Board of Directors in the Asian Development Bank; and Private-Sector Liaison Officer to the World Bank Group. Alan holds an MBA (2004) and BSc Economics (1997) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Mr. Glenn TAN
Chair of: ​Branding, Marketing & Communications Committee
Chair
of IP Innovation Forum Committee

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Glenn leads Privacy Edge and Zavior in the cyber security sector. The goal is to help businesses become compliant in personal data protection and information security, as well as obtain ISO and local regulatory certifications.
Glenn is also a board member for trade organizations like SGDCC, IIPCC Singapore, and Brands For Good Asia. He contributes to community building and provides expertise in technical and business solutions.


Previously, Glenn was the Presale and Solution Architect Director at Tessaract.io, where he worked with Professional Services firms in various sectors. He bridged the gap between technical and business requirements, conducted technical scoping, and supported sales efforts. He was also involved in product direction, development, and implementation for potential clients.


Before that, Glenn worked in Corporate Innovation, facilitating collaboration between corporates, government agencies, and startups. He led workshops on building a culture of innovation, identified innovation champions, and developed problem statements and business strategies. He curated innovation programs in industries like Cybersecurity, Built Environment/Construction, and Real Estate/Facilities Management. Glenn also acted as a consultant and mediator in project scoping negotiations.

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Mr. KK LIM
Chair of Regulatory & Technology Committee
 

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KK has more than 30 years of experience in technology advisory and commercial matters, with a focus in representing clients and advising matters involving privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, mobile security, audit, and compliance advisory. This includes technology investments due diligence. 


Apart from technology law, he is also involved in the emerging fields of cyber insurance and matters relating to the digital economy such as data governance, artificial intelligence and blockchain. His other practice areas include employment matters such as employment disputes, work injury compensation and trust & private wealth management. 


Before being called to the Singapore Bar, KK worked for both the public and private sectors such as the Singapore Government, PLCs listed in Singapore and New York in the fields of technology policy, market research and information security consulting and data privacy including being the Chief Privacy Officer (APAC) for a global healthcare research company. 

He holds multiple academic and professional qualifications in political science and psychology, law, IT systems & audit, cybersecurity incident, trust, estate planning and wealth management and was a board member of a trust company in both Singapore and Malaysia. He is a co-founder of the Association of Information Security Professionals (AiSP) and the founding chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. 
 

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Ms. Wendy LOW
Vice Chair of IP Innovation Forum Committee

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Wendy is the co-head of the intellectual property (IP), technology and
dispute department of Eldan Law LLP. Previously, she was a partner with
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP, one of the largest law firms in Singapore
and Southeast Asia. Wendy has been profiled as one of the “50 IP
Litigators You Should Know” in the Asia Pacific region (Asia IP,
September 2013) and as IP Star by Managing IP in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Her views on IP issues had also been featured in Reuters, Channel
NewsAsia, Business Times and Asia IP.

  Some of the cases which have been reported in the media include MFM
Restaurant Pte Ltd and another v Fish & Co Restaurants Pte Ltd and
another appeal [2010] SGCA 36, in which Wendy successfully acted for the
Appellant in reducing its assessed damages before the Court of Appeal.
She also acted for the plaintiff in Elbow Holdings Pte Ltd v Marina Bay
Sands Pte Ltd [2014] SGHC 26 in having Marina Bay Sands’ discovery
appeal dismissed notwithstanding their objection that the documents
requested concern state secret under the Official Secrets Act, and for
Japanese anime copyright owners in pre-action discovery applications
against Internet Service Providers and copyright infringement claims
against BitTorrent downloaders.

  Previously, Wendy was also involved in a series of patent revocation
proceedings filed by Cargill against Martek which dispute resulted in a
landmark appeal concerning an infant formula patent. This is the first
time the Singapore Court of Appeal had to consider the jurisdictional
powers of the High Court in hearing appeals from patent decisions issued
by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Martek Biosciences
Corp v Cargill International Trading Pte Ltd [2010] SGCA 51), and the
appeal was eventually resolved in favour of Cargill. She had also
represented one of the defendants against the proprietor of the famous
“thumbdrive” patent infringement claim (Trek Technology (Singapore)
Pte Ltd v Ritronics Components (S’pore) Pte Ltd [2007] 1 SLR(R) 846).

  Wendy is a regular speaker at IP and innovation related forums, and she
is also the co-editor of the Halsbury's Laws of Singapore volume on
e-commerce.

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Mr. Remi CHOONG
Project Committee Member

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Remi is Principal of Elev8.vc, Singapore's premier early-stage deep tech VC fund. He founded three companies before kickstarting his venture capital career at a sovereign VC fund. As one of the most experienced deep-tech investors in the region, Remi has personally closed deep-tech deals across technology verticals such as quantum computing, air mobility, space-tech, biotech, and autonomous vehicles. A number of these companies have made successful exits through the years.

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Dr. Kwong Joo LECK
Treasurer

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Dr. Kwong Joo LECK is an executive member of IIPCC Singapore. His career has spanned multiple disciplines. He was a psychologist, scientist, entrepreneur and inventor and presently, he is a senior patent examiner with IPOS international. He has won multiple scholarships and awards during his career and he has been actively volunteering in governmental and non-governmental organizations to further the health and the progress of human society.

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Mr. Kim Tean NG
Corporate & Compliance Director

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Mr Kim Tean Ng a board member of IIPCC Singapore. He is also the Chairman of Nanyang Law LLC

 

His primary areas of law practice are fund managements, corporate restructurings, commercial and company laws. His other area of expertise also includes intellectual property law; his many years of hands-on experience have exposed him to all aspects of intellectual property in Singapore and various foreign countries.

 

Mr Ng was a 2-term President of the Singapore Inventors’ Development Association, a Part-time Lecturer at NTU; and an Adjunct Faculty of SMU. He was a member of the Examination Committee for Patent Agents and a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Technology Consultant Registry.

 

Mr Ng, an engineer-turned-lawyer, holds a B.Eng. (Elect), NUS and a LL.B. (Hons), London. He is also qualified as a UK Barrister, a Singapore qualified lawyer and a Registered Patent Agent.

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Ms. Andrea CHIU
Project Committee Member

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I'm an IP Strategist at IPOS International. I love to hear from passionate entrepreneurs about how they are working to make this world a better place, how they want to touch lives around them and make a real difference. I try to match that passion and do-good spirit with my IP management, IP advisory and tech transfer expertise. I believe it can help them realise the value of their innovation and take them one-step closer to making a real-world difference.

 

My work as an IP Strategist allows me to empower innovative enterprises to manage and use IP for sustained growth and success. It also gives me the opportunity to help public agencies develop holistic IP management policies so they too can play a part in IP creation, management and commercialisation. Being in touch with both the public and private sectors keeps me grounded and helps me understand the challenges and opportunities on both sides of the aisle. It reminds me that we need to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of those around us (as best we can) to do better and be better, than the status quo.

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Dr. Rendy TAN
Chair of Trade Secrets Standards & Policy Committee

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Dr. Rendy Tan is a strong proponent of Strategy, Foresighting, Open Innovation, and a Builder of Innovation and Business Eco-systems. Dr. Tan has over the last decade led and/or managed innovation/commercial activities by building Consortiums, creating Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, and establishing Corporate Innovation Systems. At the core of these activities, he sees strategic Intellectual Property Management as a vital key for Corporations to thrive.


Recently, Dr. Tan established a Trade Secret Management system for Omya and is Globally in charge of Trade Secrets for the Multi-National Corporation. From policies, protection measures, education to commercial agreements, he oversees them to ensure that the company's most valuable assets are protected for competitive advantage.


Dr. Tan brings further value to his organization with his expertise in Business Model Innovation, Ecosystem (Platform) creation, Foresighting, Intellectual Property, and Valuation expertise. To date, he has brought in investments and funding into research, innovation, and technology developments of over S$50 million dollars.

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Mr. Mun Siong YOONG
Co-chair of IP Financing & Valuation Committee

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Mr. Vijey ANANDA
Co-chair of IP Financing & Valuation Committee

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As Partnership Director of EverEdge Global, my focus in on building on the success of 1200 engagements across the world through reaching out to focus groups and organizations to discuss the importance of intangible assets to businesses today. As much as 90% of firm value sits in intangible assets, we help companies as well as equity & debt capital providers to:

• Identify valuable Intangible Assets;

• Manage and Reduce Intangible Asset Risk Exposure; and

• Conduct Valuations & Unlock Value from Intangible Assets

 

(especially relevant for M&As, IPOs & JVs)Our clients include Fortune 100 companies, SMEs, ambitious start-ups, universities and research institutes, major investors and financial institutions.

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Mr. Andy WEE
Chair of IIPCC SG Connect Committee

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With a strong engineering background, having spent 13 years in Hewlett Packard in Product Design R&D, Andy has a keen interest in making technology work to create better life for everyone. In 2014, Andy took time off to pursue a Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NTU's Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, achieving a Director's List award for outstanding performance. Andy's interest in technology spans from web and mobile app, electric transportation machines, online and offline data storage backup solutions, medical health supplements, natural fertility, and beyond.

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Dr. Bert GROBBEN
Project Committee Member

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Dr. Bert Grobben is a senior Corporate Global Open Innovation leader, a serial Entrepreneur, and an Ironman Triathlete. He is passionate about Healthy living,  preventative Health and sustainability. His extensive experience with both Corporates and Startups makes him particularly well-suited to build ecosystems where early-stage Deeptech can make its way into a Corporate portfolio. He has a >20-year track record leading >$100M program portfolios as a corporate leader (P&G, Avery Dennison) and as a venture builder in implementing sustaining & disrupting innovations for Billion-dollar Brands. He has extensive experience running global programs, and deep regional exposure across Western Europe, North & sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East, China and South East Asia. He operates seamlessly across cultures, and both technical and business domains. A unique skill is his background in qualitative Consumer & Market research. He focuses on identifying and translating key in-use product & Brand experiences and un-met consumer & customer needs into technology development and implementation plans. His broad cross-industry exposure allows him to support Brands on their business model innovation, and identify new opportunities for profitable growth and geographical expansion.As a Biomedical PhD, and an innovation track record across Health related domains, he is now also supporting SMEs and Startups on early stage business model innovation, defining and optimising product-market-fit and go-to-market strategy and designing product experiences that address critical needs and winning in-use experiences.

 

As a master in the process of executing innovation processes, he works with companies as a Strategic Foresight specialist, a venture builder, a CxO, an advisor or as a consultant to ensure innovative products get implemented into the business and the markets. He also comes onboard as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to spin-out startups, or spin-in opportunities into Corporate portfolios.

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Mr. Steven CHUA
Chair of Startup Committee

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Steven is a serial entrepreneur, a technopreneur, an angel investor and a mentor. With over 30 years of experience in IT industry across multiple roles, different functions and operating in diverse geography, Steveb enjoys meaningful conversations and fruitful relationships to resolve business challenges. Possessed various qualifications in technology (technical certifications), business management (MBA), entrepreneurship (MSc,TIP) and as certified business valuer (Associate, Chartered Valuer and Appraiser).

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Mr. Gary LAM
Project Committee Member

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