Authur Poh

Arthur_P.jpg "Coming from a legal background, I find the GCIP programme a good opportunity to get updated on the latest development in Intellectual Property Law. IP is an extremely important asset in my organisation. Besides being a source of revenue generation, IP provides a platform for students and staff to showcase and commercialise their research projects to the industry."

Arthur is currently the Centre Director (Technology Transfer & Enterprise) at Singapore Polytechnic. His responsibilities include intellectual property management, consultancy and industry partnerships. Before his appointment as Centre Director, he was an academic staff and assisted in the development of the Diploma in Infocomm Secuirty Management. He was subsequently awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. Arthur was seconded to MOE's Academic Research Section and he developed the Intellectual Property Management Framework for MOE's Research Centres of Excellence.

Prior to joining SP, Arthur was a litigation lawyer with one of the leading law firms in Singapore.

Carl Chan

Carl_C.jpg "The importance of IP is growing across all industries. In the commodities trading business, where there is little scope for tangible product differentiation and branding, developing proprietary knowledge is crucial in creating and maintaining our competitive advantage. For petroleum/ oil trading, the overall strategy, in-house trading algorithms, procedures and formulas are key factors that sets us apart. Glencore's leading position serves as a clear signal that identifying, protecting and leveraging on such trade secrets and confidential information is critical."

Carl handles the structured trade, investments and credit aspects of the business in the Asia-Pacific region for Glencore International AG, a company that focuses on sourcing and marketing of metals, minerals, energy products and agricultural products. He ensures that the risk-return parameters, documentation and exposure are in line with the company's overall strategy.

Ellen Lee

Ellen_C.jpg "Apart from its educational objectives, GCIP course also provides a platform for networking with other professionals in the IP industry. I met a bunch of great people through the course who not only contributed to my professional development by way of the varied experiences and perspectives they brought to the course but also enriched my personal life immensely."

Ellen is currently the head of the Intellectual Property Office of Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Limited where she manages IP portfolio of the institute as well as handle various IP commercialisation projects ranging from technology licensing to creation of spin-offs and incubation of start-ups.

Ong Chong Kai

Chong Kai.jpg "Intellectual Property (IP) is increasingly important to the public sector organizations. In the Ministry of Defence, we want to recognize the achievements of our inventors and at the same time, to extend our inventions to the commercial world so that society can benefit from them. To do that effectively, we need to have good knowledge of IP matters so that we can protect and exploit these innovations successfully. "

Chong Kai was formerly a manager in the Ministry of Defense (MINDEF) where he was responsible for managing and pro-actively enhancing the capacity for innovation. Recognised as MINDEF’s Outstanding Suggestor in 2008, he proposed the intellectual property management policy and designed the process for patent application approval in MINDEF. MINDEF subsequently filed a patent jointly with Nanyang Polytechnic. He is now with the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) where he is managing organizational excellence. He has continued to be active in innovation projects and looks forward to enhancing the management of intellectual property in MICA.

Rachel Tey

Rachel.jpg "Philips currently has more than 55,000 patent rights, based over 14,000 inventions. Our patent portfolio is one of the most valuable assets of Philips. Currently, Philips produces approximately 1,600 patent filings a year and continues to enahance its portfolio of IPRs. Our most valuable patents are in the optical recording area. We also have significant patents in our shavers, wireless applications, X-Rays and MRI. The Philips name and logo now represent a combined value of about US$4.5 billion. The total estimated value of the Philips brand is about US$8.3 billion and Philips is ranked the 43rd most valuable brand in Interbrand's 2008 ranking of best global brand."

Rachel works at Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S), where she manages Philips' optical licensing business in South East Asia and Oceania. Philips IP&S is constantly in touch with researchers and marketers throughout the Philips organisation and with IP agencies, technology companies and research institutes in the wider market. Philips IP&S plays an essential role by enhancing Philip's technologies and realising their value.

Sharon Snodgrass

Sharon_S.jpg "Intellectual property rights are becoming increasingly important in today's world and I believe that this will continue to increase. In Singapore, the government's strong stand to support intellectual property rights, in terms of legal framework, training of personnel and enforcement are positive measures for Singapore's position as an IP hub. Now it is a matter of people becoming more aware of intellectual property rights and how to exploit them commercially for one's own company and consequently for Singapore's economy"

After completing the Graduate Cerificate in Intellectual Property, Sharon moved from the Singapore Tourism Board to become a Director at IPR-X (Asia Pacific) Ltd., a private investment company that invests in companies with IP assets and also advises on IP exploitation, financial structuring and business management. Sharon plays a key role in carrying due diligence on the companies, which includes examining and evaulating their IP rights and seeing how best these can be exploited.

Torsten Exner

Torstan_E.jpg "Although doing research can be fun, I was looking for another long-term perspective, as I didn't like doing or supervising experiments for the rest of my life. While doing a course on Economics, I had some contact with law and was impressed by the degree of preciseness of the language and options for arguments available. Taking the GCIP course was one more step on the road to intellectual property for me."

When taking the GCIP, Torsten was a researcher with the Bioprocessing Technology Institute, where he handled protein purification and the analysis of cell culture media. As a German and a European patent attorney he is now a freelancer associated with a law firm based in Germany and attending to worldwide IP matters with a focus on patent applications.

Upasana Patel

Upasana.jpg "A healthy patent portfolio is a valuable asset to any company. Since the patent system was introduced in Singapore on 23 February 1995, there has been a 82% increase in the number of patent applications filed in Singapore by Singapore residents from 1995 to 2008. I believe that there is a greater awareness of the importance of patenting in Singapore among corporations, research institutes and individuals today."

Upasana is a patent attorney with Lloyd Wise (a member of the Marks & Clerk group), a UK- based Intellectual Property firm, which handles trademarks, design and patent filing in Singapore and around the world. She is involved in patent drafting and prosecution work, specialising in the fields of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals and molecular biology.

Zhang Chenchen

Zhang_CC.jpg "From the GCIP course, I have learned to think from the legal perspective, which complements the procedural & technical approach I used to take and is very important for IP practitioners with engineering background. With the knowledge of different IP rights gained from the course, I am in a better position to assist clients in achieving a comprehensive protection of their IP rights."

Chenchen is from a patent and law firm specialising in various aspects of IP. Her task and goal is to assist clients safeguarding their interests in IP and protect them from their competitors. She assist in drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications in various jurisdictions, and providing advices on prosecution approaches.