Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

Founded in 1874, Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP (previously Donaldson & Burkinshaw) is one of the longest-established, largest and leading practices in Singapore in the field of intellectual property. Since November 6 1874, the firm had been operating as a partnership as Donaldson & Burkinshaw. On January 3 2014 Donaldson & Burkinshaw converted to a limited liability partnership and changed its name to Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP.

Our IP team comprises highly qualified patent and trademark specialists, technical experts and professionals with impeccable academic credentials. We have several decades of experience in providing the full range of IP services to multinational corporations and businesses. We handle trademark, service mark, patent and design protection and enforcement litigation, as well as the complete management of IP portfolios and the commercialisation and licensing of IP and technology rights.

Our IP attorneys and professionals practise the full spectrum of IP law, including entertainment law, digital media, internet and IT issues. Our members actively participate in a number of professional organisations within the field and also contribute papers to professional publications, books and journals. Through our professional associations and membership with international legal networks such as MULTILAW, we can provide a one-stop solution for all our clients’ IP needs worldwide.

Our history spans well over a century and our experience in intellectual property extends over more than seven decades. We handled Singapore’s earliest trademark applications when the Trademark Registry (as it was originally known) was first set up in the late 1930s. We have also been regularly featured as a leading IP specialist in Asia in a number of notable publications.

We are consistently ranked as one of the top five filing firms and are a local market leader in the field of intellectual property, despite the addition of new players in the same field over the past decade.

Our firm and our professionals have been profiled in leading legal periodicals such as The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, Asia Law, IP Asia, World Trademark Review, Who’s Who Legal, Managing Intellectual Property, Asian Legal Business and IAM, among others.

Our services cover all aspects of intellectual property, from searching, clearance (including risk management and regulatory compliance) and protection of trademarks, service marks, patents and designs to the enforcement of IP rights through litigation in the civil and criminal courts. In respect of patent matters, we have the technical know-how and expertise to provide advisory services and undertake the drafting of patent specifications across many fields. We also handle all aspects of IP litigation and enforcement, patent and trademark invalidation and infringement, the spearheading and implementation of anti-counterfeiting efforts, injunctions and search and seizure orders. We are also experienced at handling and negotiating issues relating to domain name disputes, internet piracy, information technology and technology licensing.

We assist with the commercialisation, exploitation and licensing of IP rights and negotiate, prepare and review agreements for the development and protection of such assets. We provide advice and practical solutions to our clients in the areas of agency and distributorship, protection of copyright, confidential information, trade secrets, data and computer software, parallel imports, the transfer of rights and technology, domain name protection and disputes, information technology, e-commerce, advertising and entertainment.

Our IP attorneys and professionals are supported by executive and support staff who function within well-managed divisions. These include the trademark and designs registration department, the patent prosecution department and the enforcement department. Our staff includes qualified patent agents who are PhD holders, engineers and scientists, as well as a number of professionals with prior experience as examiners at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

Contact details

Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP
24 Raffles Place
15-00 Clifford Centre
Singapore 048621

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kuala Lumpur

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