Singapore

Singapore has enjoyed a steady year as one of Asia’s rising IP hubs. At the forefront of innovation, the IP Office of Singapore has introduced virtual court hearings conducted over digital platforms and overtaken the EUIPO to be crowned the most innovative IP office in the world. The agency has also set out to assist businesses in reducing IP litigation costs by partnering up with Lloyds Asia to promote IP insurance.

Firms: enforcement and litigation

  • Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Drew & Napier LLC
  • Ravindran Associates LLP
  • Amica Law LLC
  • Bird & Bird ATMD LLP
  • Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Allen & Gledhill LLP
  • Dentons Rodyk and Davidson LLP
  • Harry Elias Partnership
  • Lee & Lee

Firms: prosecution and strategy

  • Allen & Gledhill LLP
  • Amica Law LLC
  • Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Bird & Bird ATMD LLP
  • Drew & Napier LLC
  • Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP
  • Ella Cheong LLC
  • Lee & Lee
  • Marks & Clerk
  • Ravindran Associates LLP
  • RHTLaw Asia LLP
  • CNPLaw LLP
  • Dentons Rodyk and Davidson LLP
  • Francine Tan Law Corporation
  • Gateway Law Corporation
  • Harry Elias Partnership
  • Margaret Law Corporation
  • Mirandah Asia
  • Shook Lin & Bok LLP
  • Spruson & Ferguson
  • WongPartnership LLP

Allen & Gledhill LLP

Prosecution powerhouse Allen & Gledhill is celebrating another year of top-notch brand management. Servicing blue-chip clients such as Shell Brands International, Sharp Corporation and Herbalife International, the firm retains its enviable clientele through a robust and refined strategy. The 50-strong team has extensive experience in planning and coordinating regional anti-counterfeiting programmes while also managing IP portfolios regionally and globally. Stanley Lai, head of the IP practice, excels in IP litigation and IT disputes, where his fine-grained expertise extends from data management and cybersecurity to healthcare and medical IP issues. Leading the prosecution arm, Pei Lin Low is “the go-to person for all IP enquiries”, providing gold-standard advice on IP protection and global portfolio management. “She always adds a personal touch to her advice and approach to the law, which makes it simple and easy for businesses to make important and practical decisions.”

Amica Law LLC

High-powered boutique firm Amica Law hones the IP expertise of its specialists to serve Fortune 500 companies such as Amazon, Starbucks and Philip Morris. Its laser-focused, full-service practice feeds and thrives on collaborative synergy across all aspects of intellectual property, garnering high praise from satisfied clients. “Amica always provides us with the most cost-competitive services with their skills and professionalism. Not only does their depth of knowledge and experience ensure that their expertise can help clients protect, manage and commercialise their intellectual property and technology, they always think from different angles to protect clients’ interest and offer targeted advice.” “They provide such excellent service – quick response times as well as clear and concise communications – that we send them all our work in Singapore.” “The team consistently provides the very best service and we are very grateful for their superb management of our trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters.” Spearheading the prosecution team is Jo-Ann See, a veteran in IP protection and management with 30 years of experience under her belt. “Jo-Ann provides comprehensive analysis that yields practical and business-forward advice.” Among the “really nice people who we enjoy working with” are non-contentious experts Winnie Tham and Anna Toh. While Tham continues to impress with her “deep knowledge of IP law and always prompt responses to requests for assistance”, Toh counsels the likes of Carousell and Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited on their trademark portfolio management. On the contentious front, clients can count on chief litigator Jason Chan to provide “a variety of options to make a decision based on different risk tolerance” and on Melvin Pang for “outstanding service”. “Always incredibly responsive, Melvin has impressed me with his ability to achieve favourable resolutions to complex IP enforcement matters quickly and efficiently.” Head of the IP and technology licensing team Wilson Wong rounds off the set. Aaron Thng deserves a mention too: he is “a confident litigator who is commercially aware when helping to resolve disputes”.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow tops the list again as one of the most sought-after IP practices in Singapore. Comprising “responsive partners who prioritise clients’ needs”, the industry giant has a “strong understanding of local law and procedure” fuelled by a “very responsive and efficient” team. By bringing the advantages of its international presence to its Singapore practice, “the global network of Baker McKenzie is definitely an added value to global business goals”. Industry heavyweight Andy Leck leads the IP side in both the enforcement and prosecution arms. Not only does he have “a perfect understanding of business needs”, “he is also super reactive and has been able to develop over the years a trustee relationship” with patrons. His colleague Ren Jun Lim is “proactive and helpful, and delivers practical advice”, endorsed by IP owners for being “able to understand businesses” and “provide a reasonable and fair analysis and legal advice to help guide and balance the risks and interests in the situation, and give a pragmatic approach for consideration”.

Bird & Bird ATMD LLP

The undeniable presence of Bird & Bird on the Singapore IP scene is credited to its unique structure and combined local and global focus. With practitioners and resources allocated to specific sectors, the firm is attuned to industry-focused developments and well equipped to anticipate changes beyond IP-related issues. Its international presence also offers a wide-reaching support network to the Singapore office, giving rights holders the best of both worlds – local expertise matched with global perspectives. With its “excellent responsiveness and understanding of IP law”, Bird & Bird manages global portfolios for elite brand owners such as Procter & Gamble, Honeywell and Ascott Group. Regarded by her peers as “a well-known name in the trademark sector”, Lorraine Anne Tay has recently been engaged in IP protection and brand management strategies for Banyan Tree Holdings and Riot Games. Leading a team that “displays a good understanding of the commercial principles in play”, Tay can be relied on to provide not only bulletproof IP strategies, but also business-savvy solutions. Making his debut in the gold tier is seasoned and formidable litigator Alban Kang, whose recent work on behalf of Merck KGaA and Monster Beverage has earned him industry-wide approbation. Kang and his colleagues are not only “pragmatic and collaborative, with a deep understanding of the national substantive and procedural law”, they also “understand that the entrusted matters do have business ramifications”. Despite their unparalleled experience and expertise, they are “still humble and with a great capacity to listen”. Debuting in the rankings this year, Anan Sivananthan is no novice in the IP sphere, having made a name for himself in trademark litigation and dispute resolution. He is highly sought after for his corporate insight as well. Another WTR 1000 newcomer Gene Kwek carries with him over two decades of experience, during which time he has developed specialist knowledge in all aspects of intellectual property, from brand strategy and portfolio management to transactional and contentious matters.

CNPLaw LLP

Renamed from Colin Ng & Partners in 2019, CNPLaw is a full-service law firm with a strong presence on the trademark scene. Soo Ling See Tow leads the IP practice and serves as deputy head of the dispute resolution team. With over a decade of experience, she has a stellar track record of expert portfolio management for domestic and international clients.

Dentons Rodyk and Davidson LLP

“All in all, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson provides steady filing advice and services”, boasting “a good network as well, which is very important for registering trademarks worldwide”. Seasoned practitioner Gilbert Leong and his team “are very responsive and helpful, giving good support and clear advice”. Skilled in both prosecution and enforcement work, Leong has recently represented brands such as Staywell Hospitality Group and Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne. His counterpart Catherine Lee hails expertise in trademark dispute resolution, opposition and cancellation matters. She also has a strong track record of assisting multinationals looking to expand their IP protection in Southeast Asia, while consultant Woon Chooi Yew offers sage advice on a wide range of areas, including intellectual property, technology, franchising and data protection.

Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

One of the longest-running firms in Singapore, Donaldson & Burkinshaw employs its sizeable expertise to provide clientele with “a depth of knowledge in the jurisdiction, as well as a depth of experience in a variety of industries”. The set retains top-dollar patrons with its mastery of all aspects of intellectual property, ranging from strategic trademark registration to comprehensive anti-counterfeiting and enforcement efforts. “At a very competitive cost, Donaldson & Burkinshaw is clear with respect to deadlines, options for prosecution and cost.” Led by industry maestro Michelle See Hui Ng, the IP team is “extremely responsive and diligent”. Thanks to her “personalised service”, Ng is relied on by one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world to consistently deliver bulletproof strategies and impeccable results. IP partner Elaine Chiam has an in-depth grasp of the aerospace and technological industries. With clients in aviation and biomedical technology, Chiam has mastered the ins and outs of these sectors in the Singapore market. Fellow partner Shy Tsong Lee is well versed in all aspects of portfolio management and brand protection. With a knack for IP prosecution and brand management, Lee delivers tactical approaches and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to registering and opposing trademarks. New to the rankings this year is Koay Min Pin, a rising figure specialising in domestic and international portfolio management and brand protection.

Drew & Napier LLC

A leading firm on the Singapore IP scene, Drew & Napier boasts formidable prosecution and litigation practices for multinationals such as Facebook, Instagram, PepsiCo Group and Pfizer. First-rate leaders Tony Yeo and Yvonne Tang cover all the IP bases, from trademark opposition to brand management and licensing, with prowess and invaluable foresight. Top-tier litigator Yeo remains a pillar in the IP community, closing in on nearly three decades of industry experience. As head of the healthcare and life sciences department, he lends his expertise to the pharmaceutical industry too. Yeo recently represented TWG Tea Company successfully in several matters involving trademark infringement, passing off and domain name dispute. Fellow seasoned litigator Tang hails expertise from trademark opposition to copyright infringement. Tackling cases with bravado and expansive knowledge, she is a force to be reckoned with. Tang recently represented adidas in an opposition to protect the iconic three-stripe logo, adding another triumph to her mantle. A fellow expert on contentious and non-contentious matters, Siau Wen Lim “is not only pleasant, but thorough and reliable in her work”. She can be relied on to “provide practical business advice with respect to IP matters”. Lim has notably acted in defending an opposition filed against Tata’s Natural Alchemy. A virtuoso in civil and commercial litigation, Meryl Koh is dual-qualified in Australia and Singapore. With civil and commercial matters her forte, contractual disputes and defamation are also her strong suit. Both “detailed and methodical”, Koh can “analyse issues from a strategical and legal perspective and is often able to lend a commercial angle to matters as well”. Rising star Ruby Tham has a steady hand in prosecution matters and is a mover and shaker in IP enforcement and disputes.

Ella Cheong LLC

Ella Cheong needs no introduction in the IP sphere, and her namesake firm remains a force for good. Although Hong Kong-based Cheong herself is rarely involved with daily management, her legacy is thriving in the steady hands of Soh Kar Liang and Kevin Wong. As managing director, Soh commands encyclopaedic knowledge on all things trademark, spreading his wisdom across various industries. Meanwhile, Wong has an established presence in portfolio management and IP-related transactions, acting in the interests of local and foreign clients worldwide.

Francine Tan Law Corporation

“Invaluable in advising and guiding” clients, Francine Tan can be relied on to deliver robust strategies and business-oriented solutions. “She is always keen to understand the client’s aims to ensure that she can tailor her advice to meet them. It is the ability to understand what the client needs and provide sound commercial solutions that set Francine apart.” Tan has an outstanding track record of “successfully applying and registering for trademark protection across different industries and countries”. “Francine and her firm have consistently provided outstanding service, support and advice in the IP matters they have undertaken.”

Gateway Law Corporation

Well suited to handle trademark matters of any making, the IP team at Gateway Law exhibits versatility and tenacity when it comes to brand protection and enforcement. Led by founder Max Ng, the group successfully represented A-Star-Education Discovery Camps in opposition matters against Discovery Communications. When obstacles arise, the side is sure “to weigh and assess the case and advise on the best course of action”, providing “a few possible proposals to overcome the objections”.

Harry Elias Partnership

Formerly known as Eversheds Harry Elias, Harry Elias Partnership recently parted ways with Eversheds Sutherland and is now looking ahead to expanding its IP presence and services across the region. The general practice firm with a strong IP focus demonstrates comprehensive IP litigation capabilities paired with creative brand management strategies. IP whizz Esther Wee gives “very commercial advice, such as what is worth spending on and how to make better use of the client’s budget”. Wee tactfully monitors and investigates counterfeit products across the Southeast Asia region for multinationals. Wee “incorporates their understanding of the commercial world into their advice, in addition to spelling out the law”.

Lee & Lee

Widely regarded as a key industry player, Lee & Lee boasts an impeccable practice perfected by its responsive and innovative team. A sage on non-contentious matters, Yee Swan Boo refines her specialty in worldwide portfolio management with a sweeping knowledge of global procurement and protection strategies. On the contentious side is founding council member of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Intellectual Property Association and deputy president of the Copyright Tribunal Tee Jim Tan. Tan has represented the likes of McDonald’s and Tiffany & Co in landmark cases while contributing to IP publications and works. IP partner Maurice Cheong divides his time between contentious and non-contentious matters and transactional work, while Zechariah Chan has established a presence in telecoms and data protection, handling contentious and commercial matters in these rapidly moving sectors.

Margaret Law Corporation

With “fast responses and high-quality services” Margaret Law and Syn Yi Ming have been steadily expanding their prosecution and enforcement efforts of late. Companies including Byte Dance and the Alibaba Group have kept the team busy with online anti-counterfeiting efforts and opposition matters. While Law is “very responsive and very competent” with fair rates to boot, Ming’s Chinese background and knack for commercial IP work is heavily sought after by SMEs.

Marks & Clerk

A perfect blend of local expertise and global perspectives, the Singapore branch of Marks & Clerk delivers foolproof strategies that cross geographic, commercial, cultural and ideological boundaries. Leader of the IP team Candice Kwok is well versed in the intricacies of trademark law and impresses clients with her “clear, practical advice and awareness of commercial priorities”. Kwok and her team are “highly responsive and professional in handling matters, which is reliable and assuring” to rights holders. Having acted for Authentic Brands Group and LINE Corporation in myriad management and contentious matters, “the best part of Candice’s service was her clarity of thought and advice, her timely communications, and her insight into local practice”.

Mirandah Asia

The Singapore branch of Malaysian giant Mirandah Asia makes its entrance in the rankings this year, leaving its mark on the prosecution side of the Singapore IP industry. One of the key IP prosecution firms in the region, it expands its invaluable knowledge of the IP world throughout the country.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

A regional top choice for multinationals such as Sony and Microsoft, Rajah & Tann delves into a multitude of industries and offers commercially sound, sector-focused advice. Regarded by peers as “very good with gaming and tech-related matters” and the “go-to person” for criminal litigation, Kok-Keng Lau is a juggernaut when it comes to searches and raids. Having established his forte across all aspects of intellectual property, Nicholas Lauw is a force to be reckoned with from prosecution to transactions.

Ravindran Associates LLP

Debuting as one of three firms in the gold tier for its stellar litigation, Ravindran Associates has proved that its capabilities in IP litigation are second to none. “The firm’s expertise is in intellectual property and its relatively small to mid-tier size allows it to be more nimble and responsive in attending to and understanding clients’ diverse needs.” The outfit has the best of both worlds when it comes to talent: “While the team has remained relatively stable for the past 10 years, it has also attracted some bright young minds, which bring a different and fresh perspective to the handling of anti-counterfeiting matters.” A name that needs no introduction is Ravi Ravindran – a titan in IP litigation with unmatched experience and foresight. Qualified in both Singapore and Malaysia, Sukumar Karuppiah is an authority on all things trademark. Making his first appearance in the WTR 1000 this year is Alvin Tan, a rising star with fresh and inventive strategies when it comes to filing and contentious matters.

RHTLaw Asia LLP

As a firm that “knows the regulatory environment very well”, RHTLaw never fails to provide clients with constructive advice and timely responses. The set’s industry focus is one of its biggest selling points, delegating talent among eight sector-specific practice groups – it has recently honed in on fintech and licensing, in line with the trend in online franchising. Clients appreciate the team’s ability to help them “overcome difficult problems with novel and creative solutions”. IP partner Rizwi Wun is an expert on consumer goods and luxury brands.

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

A rising star on the scene, Shook Lin & Bok makes its entrance into the Singapore rankings this year. With Jevon Louis as a new IP partner, the firm has expanded its IP practice on both the contentious and non-contentious side. An IP veteran, Louis hails tried and true expertise across multiple industries from pharmaceuticals to renewable energy. “Because Jevon comes from an industry background prior to becoming a lawyer, he is able to contextualise the legal advice into a commercial framework.” Clients value his foresight when it comes to commercial interests, as “Jevon offers advice that is not just immediate, but also in line with the long-term planning of business needs”.

Spruson & Ferguson

The Singapore branch of internationally renowned Spruson & Ferguson debuts this year on the back of effusive feedback. The firm “is pro-active, cost-effective and capable of bringing a convoluted and difficult to understand process into layman’s terms”. With a client base that includes Coinbase, the side has solidified its entrance as a competitive player in the Singapore IP ring. “Registering a trademark in one’s country of origin is one thing, but their knowledge and partnerships globally made a very tricky process much simpler.” IP partner Amy Chan is the person to know when it comes to trademark registration and protection in the region.

WongPartnership LLP

Full-service firm WongPartnership guarantees clients innovative and tailor-made strategies thanks to IP whizz Chung Nian Lam. Lam continues to impress patrons with his broad knowledge across all aspects of intellectual property and his commercially sound solutions.

Other recommended experts

Leading the Singapore office of Israeli IP law firm Soroker Agmon Nordman is New York-qualified attorney Jonathan Agmon. Making his debut in the WTR 1000 on the back of effusive client feedback, Agmon assists companies of all stripes with their trademark prosecution and strategy needs. “With Jonathan guiding us in a very wise and efficient manner, we built an effective yet pragmatic and cost-effective IP protection plan. He is always available for our needs and I trust his professionalism and opinions.” “Not only do Jonathan and his team provide extremely prompt and comprehensive advice, they have deep knowledge on how to protect our intellectual property in important jurisdictions. His ability to consider our intellectual property from a practical perspective is invaluable, as is his meticulousness in reviewing our business and needs before providing clear-cut and effective advice.” Robinson LLC’s Cyril Chua is widely regarded by peers as a pillar of trademark litigation and contentious work. Founder of That.Legal LLC, Jonathan Foong heads the IP protection and portfolio management practice. Swapping RHTLaw for Withers LLP, Jonathan Kok brings his unrivalled IP knowledge and business-oriented mindset to deliver impeccable work in transactions and licensing agreements. Angela Leong marries her IP prowess with her background in corporate law to deliver commercially sound IP solutions at AIDA Law Corporation. Infinitus Law Corporation’s Teresa O’Connor is an authority on trademark protection strategies domestically and globally. Regina Quek heads the IP practice at One Legal LLC. With nearly three decades of experience, she brings IP knowledge across industries ranging from aviation and pharmaceuticals to food and beverage. Founding partner of Yusarn Audrey Audrey Yap Su Ming has a keen eye for strategising and pinpointing commercial value in her clients’ IP assets. Joyce Tan at Joyce A Tan & Partners has strong corporate legal experience – an invaluable asset to her stellar IP work. Tan’s colleague Jeffrey Lim serves up equally well-rounded advice, backed by his pursuits across intellectual property, IT, corporate law and regulatory issues.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Cyril Chua - Robinson LLC 
  • Alban Kang - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP
  • Andy Leck - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Tony Yeo - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Jason Chan - Amica Law LLC
  • Stanley Lai SC - Allen & Gledhill LLP
  • Kok-Keng Lau - Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Ren Jun Lim - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Siau Wen Lim - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Ravi Ravindran - Ravindran Associates LLP
  • Anan Sivananthan - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP
  • Tee Jim Tan SC - Lee & Lee
  • Yvonne Tang - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Maurice Cheong - Lee & Lee
  • Jonathan Foong - That.Legal LLC
  • Sukumar Karuppiah - Ravindran Associates LLP
  • Meryl Koh - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Jevon Louis - Shook Lin & Bok LLP
  • Max Ng - Gateway Law Corporation
  • Melvin Pang - Amica Law LLC
  • Francine Tan - Francine Tan Law Corporation 

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Andy Leck - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Pei Lin Low - Allen & Gledhill LLP
  • Jo-Ann See - Amica Law LLC
  • Francine Tan - Francine Tan Law Corporation 
  • Lorraine Anne Tay - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP
  • Yee Swan Boo - Lee & Lee
  • Elaine Chiam - Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP
  • Sukumar Karuppiah - Ravindran Associates LLP
  • Candice Kwok - Marks & Clerk
  • Chung Nian Lam - WongPartnership LLP
  • Margaret Law - Margaret Law Corporation
  • Soh Kar Liang - Ella Cheong LLC
  • Ren Jun Lim - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Siau Wen Lim - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Max Ng - Gateway Law Corporation
  • Michelle SH Ng - Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP
  • Teresa O'Connor - Infinitus Law Corporation
  • Ravi Ravindran - Ravindran Associates LLP
  • Soo Ling See Tow - CNPLaw LLP
  • Yvonne Tang - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Winnie Tham - Amica Law LLC
  • Esther Wee - Harry Elias Partnership
  • Kevin Wong - Ella Cheong LLC
  • Rizwi Wun - RHTLaw Taylor Wessing LLP
  • Audrey Yap Su Ming - Yusarn Audrey
  • Woon Chooi Yew - Dentons
  • Jonathan Agmon - Soroker Agmon Nordman
  • Amy Chan - Spruson & Ferguson
  • Gene Kwek - Bird & Bird ATMD LLP
  • Catherine SY Lee - Dentons Rodyk and Davidson LLP
  • Shy Tsong Lee - Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP
  • Angela Leong - AIDA Law Corporation
  • Gilbert Leong - Dentons Rodyk and Davidson LLP
  • Sue-Ann Li - Ravindran Associates LLP
  • Jeffrey Lim - Joyce A Tan & Partners LLC
  • Koay Min Pin - Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP
  • Regina Quek - One Legal LLC
  • Ruby Tham - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Anna Toh - Amica Law LLC

Individuals: transactions

  • Zechariah JH Chan - Lee & Lee
  • Maurice Cheong - Lee & Lee
  • Jonathan Kok - Withers
  • Chung Nian Lam - WongPartnership LLP
  • Nicholas Lauw - Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Margaret Law - Margaret Law Corporation
  • Andy Leck - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Catherine SY Lee - Dentons Rodyk and Davidson LLP
  • Ren Jun Lim - Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
  • Siau Wen Lim - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Syn Yi Ming - Margaret Law Corporation
  • Max Ng - Gateway Law Corporation
  • Joyce A Tan - Joyce A. Tan & Partners LLC
  • Tee Jim Tan SC - Lee & Lee
  • Yvonne Tang - Drew & Napier LLC
  • Esther Wee - Harry Elias Partnership
  • Wilson Wong - Amica Law LLC
  • Rizwi Wun - RHTLaw Asia LLP
  • Audrey Yap Su Ming - Yusarn Audrey