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28 Aug 2014

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Patent filings are on the rise worldwide, reflecting the development of technology in the global economy. As a result, the stakes in patent disputes are rising, but inefficient dispute resolution procedures and inconsistency of outcomes across jurisdictions can cast a shadow on the marketplace.

As one of the tools available to reduce these risks, expert determination allows disputing parties to submit a specific matter (e.g. ‚Äča technical issue) to a subject matter expert of their choice to make a determination. Generally confidential and binding, expert determination may assist the parties in resolving the entire patent dispute (including valuation of intellectual property rights or the establishment of royalty rates), since the key areas of the dispute are usually technical in nature.

On April 1, 2014, IPOS and WIPO introduced a new expert determination option. Parties in patent disputes pending before IPOS now enjoy the possibility of choosing an expert from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center (AMC)'s panel of international experts (including experts based in Singapore) who have specialized knowledge relevant to intellectual property issues in a broad range of scientific and technical areas.

The WIPO-IPOS workshop will familiarise players in the patent ecosystem with this new expert determination option. In particular, participants can expect a practical demonstration on the use of the new expert determination option in patent disputes filed with IPOS through an interactive case scenario. Legal advisors can learn how expert determination can help achieve effective and efficient resolution, both in IPOS disputes and for any other type of intellectual property or technology dispute. Scientific and technical experts who wish to be considered for appointment to WIPO AMC's international Panel of Neutrals should also find this workshop useful.



- Professionals in the fields of science and technology (such as Scientists, Researchers, Academics at Tertiary Level, Engineers, Infocommunications professionals) 

- IP Valuation professionals

- Patent Attorneys

- Patent Engineers

-IP and Dispute Resolution Lawyers

- Technology Transfer Officers

- IP Managers

- Commercialization and Licensing Managers



Mr Daniel Collopy, Special Counsel, Spruson & Ferguson (Asia) Pte Ltd. Daniel Collopy is a Special Counsel at Spruson & Ferguson (Asia) Pte Ltd and has been a Senior Specialist Counsel at IP Academy (Singapore) and an IP Consultant with Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd. He had served as a criminal litigator for five years before moving to the Intellectual Property Law field. In IP, Mr Collopy has worked in both law firms and multinational corporations.

During almost a dozen years as an in-house IP attorney with Motorola Inc., Mr Collopy worked for the paging, cellular phone and semiconductor businesses. He also served five years as Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Counsel, providing counsel for all of Motorola’s Asia Pacific entities while lobbying and negotiating cellular and paging standards with governments in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China. In 2000, Mr. Collopy joined Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., serving as Associate General Counsel and handling the formation and Initial Public Offering of AMD’s memory product subsidiary, Spansion LLC. In 2004, Mr. Collopy left AMD and became Vice President with the law firm of Ingrassia, Fisher & Lorenz. Mr. Collopy has lectured on IP issues in Australia, England, Singapore, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and at the Golden Gate University in San Francisco, as well as Washington & Lee University School of Law (his alma mater) in Virginia.


Mr Erik Wilbers, Director, World intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva. Erik Wilbers is the Director of the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Maintaining offices in Geneva and Singapore, the WIPO Center is an international provider of services for efficiently resolving technology and intellectual property (IP) disputes without court litigation.

Following studies in The United States and The Netherlands, Erik was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law. Before joining WIPO, he practiced with the law firm of Clifford Chance, was on the legal staff of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, and headed a division of the Compensation Commission of the United Nations Security Council.

At the WIPO Center, Erik oversees the provision of resources to IP stakeholders to help them conclude their disputes in a time- and cost-effective manner. The WIPO Center’s role focuses on the appointment of quality neutrals and the safeguarding of the efficiency of the proceedings. WIPO cases mostly concern contractual disputes (e.g. patent licenses, software development, trademark coexistence agreements, pharmaceutical distribution agreements, research and development agreements), but also include non-contractual disputes, for example in relation to third-party patent infringement.

Erik furthermore oversees the management of Internet domain name cases filed with the WIPO Center and the creation of dispute policies in this area. He is also involved in the development of on-line case systems and other methods aimed at increasing the efficiency of dispute resolution.


Ms Eun A (Jessica) Park, Legal Officer, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center, Singapore. Eun A (Jessica) Park, a national of Republic of Korea, was admitted as an attorney in Georgia, United States of America and holds a J.D. from Emory University of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and English Language from Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Before joining WIPO in 2011, she worked as Corporate Counsel in a multinational company in Atlanta, United States of America. After working at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center's Geneva office for three years, she moved to Singapore to take up her new role as a representative of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center's Singapore office at Maxwell Chambers.


Mr Keoy Soo Earn, Partner | Leader, Mergers & Acquisitions, Singapore & SEA / Valuation and Financial Modeling, SEA, Deloitte & Touche LLP. Soo Earn leads Deloitte Southeast Asia’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice and has extensive experience supporting strategic and financial investors in their domestic and cross border transactions.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore and a Fellow member of the Singapore Institute of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Laws.

Soo Earn is a Board member and Audit Committee Chairman of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. He is member of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, Financial Reporting Committee (FRC) and serves as the Chairman of the Valuation sub-committee of FRC. He is also a work group founding member of Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS), Singapore Accountancy Commission.

He is recognised as one of the top 300 IP Strategists in the World by Intellectual Asset Management in 2013 and 2014.


Mr Naresh Mahtani, Partner, Eldan Law LLC. Mr Naresh Mahtani has been in active legal practice for 30 years, in dispute resolution and in regional and international construction and oil and gas projects as counsel as well as arbitrator in various cases in Singapore and the region. He was Chairman of the Society of Construction Law, Singapore (2006-2008) and is currently the Hon. Secretary of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. Amongst his other past appointments, he was a founding partner of ATMD Bird & Bird LLP; and is currently a Partner with Eldan Law LLC, with an active practice in dispute resolution and construction projects.

He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as well as an Arbitrator on the panel of arbitrators of various arbitral institutions. He has been appointed by the Singapore International Arbitration Centre as arbitrator and by the Singapore Mediation Centre as adjudicator and mediator to resolve various construction and commercial disputes.

Naresh was the key draftsman of the new Singapore Institute of Architects (S.I.A) Rules for Expert Determination which were launched in 2011 and is a one of the trainers at the annual Expert Determination training programmes run by S.I.A. He has a keen interest in “New ADR” for more efficient and progressive means of resolving disputes to be used in conjunction with more established procedures such as arbitration and adjudication.


Ms See Tho Sok Yee, Principal Assistant Registrar / Legal Counsel, Hearings and Mediation Group, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Sok Yee is currently with the Hearings and Mediation Group of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). As Principal Assistant Registrar, she adjudicates IP disputes involving trade marks and patents. As Legal Counsel, Sok Yee is also heavily involved in legislative, policy and process review. She serves on the Working Committee (IP Protection) under the IP Competency Framework (IPCF) initiative; and on the Assessment Plan Validation Committee which validates training and assessment plans drawn up under IPCF standards.

Prior to joining IPOS, Sok Yee greatly enjoyed private practice with the Intellectual Property & Technology department of Allen & Gledhill. There, she assisted international and local clients in multifaceted IP matters, from brand clearance through protection to exploitation in transactional matters, managing their IP portfolios and representing clients in IP disputes. Discharging duties in her current public sector role, she finds the experience and perspectives gleaned from private practice useful to tap on.


Dr Victoria Lovatt, Senior Counsel (Patents) , Asia and Europe, Abbott Nutrition. Dr Victoria Lovatt is a qualified Singapore, European and UK Patent Attorney. Victoria’s qualifications include a PhD in Neuroimmunology from Cambridge University and a BSc Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry from Nottingham University.

Victoria has many years’ experience in the patent profession, in private practice and in-house, in the UK and in Singapore, and has worked with vaccine IP at GSK, pharma IP at ASLAN laboratories and nutrition IP at Abbott Laboratories, and has directly handled a diverse range of patent matters, including oppositions and opinion work, drafting and prosecution, and due diligence for potential in-licensing.

Victoria has taught patent courses for IPOS (IP Academy and NUS), has tutored on behalf of WIPO at the IP offices of Indonesia (2014), Vietnam (2013) and Bhutan (2012), and has taught three patent drafting workshops in the Philippines, on request of the EPO and IPOPHL.


Mr Yeong Zee Kin, Senior Assistant Registrar, Supreme Court of Singapore. Mr Yeong Zee Kin is Senior Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He manages the Supreme Court's Intellectual Property and Information Technology and has been developing specialised procedure for IP litigation. He also manages the Admiralty and Employment lists. Apart from maintaining Singapore's leadership in court technology, he is pushing the boundaries of electronic discovery and the use of technology to manage electronic evidence pre-trial and present electronic evidence during hearings.

Zee Kin was formerly a partner in Rajah & Tann LLP's iTec (intellectual property, technology, entertainment and communications) practice group and was previously seconded to the Singapore Academy of Law as Assistant Director of LawNet. He commenced his career as Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel with the Attorney-General's Chambers where he prosecuted inter alia computer and white collar crimes.

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9.00 am – 4.30 pm (Registration starts at 8.30 am)


IP Academy (Singapore)

51 Bras Basah Road #01-01 Manulife Centre,

Singapore 189554                                                                                  


$400.00 Incl GST (Sponsored)


(1) Successful registrants will receive a confirmation via email

(2) A “no-show” fee of $100 applies


Contact Person

Mr. Mark Cheng

DID: 6705 2376  

Email: mark_cheng@ipacademy.com.sg


Mr. Peh Toon Meng PEH (IPOS)

DID: 6331 6573

Email: peh_toon_meng@ipacademy.com.sg

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