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Past   [  2017  |  2016  |  2015  |  2014  ]

The IP Academy aims to keep lawyers and patent agents abreast of the latest developments in the areas of patent, copyright and trade mark law. To ensure the highest quality of content and delivery, our programmes are curated and conducted by top practitioners and respected academics in the field.

UPCOMING

IP Issues in Tax Planning - Technology Trends & Cross Border Planning for Tax Purposes
4 May 2017

The highly popular annual “IP & Tax” seminar is returning for its 3rd run. This year our distinguished speakers and panellists will share on IP issues in tax planning. They will also discuss the latest technology trends (e.g. 3D printing, artificial intelligence) and how they are affecting IP structuring for tax purposes. In addition, they will also go through the tax changes relating to IP in Singapore Budget 2017.

3 Public CPD Points!
IP Issues in Social Media
12 Jul 2017

Featuring a panel of distinguished and knowledgeable speakers, participants can expect to learn how the IP challenges on social media platforms can be identified, avoided, and overcome. In particular, these issues will be contextualized to specific commonly used social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and BlogSpot. In addition, participants will also be given an insight on how corporations and businesses can better anticipate and address challenges in preparing and implementing a social media policy.

Past

2017
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IPOS PRACTICE PACKAGE FOR IP PROFESSIONALS
20 Apr 2017

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

Need a crash course on the newest amendments to the Trade Marks Rules? Want a quick rundown of the first two IPOS HMG Circulars of 2017? Looking for a practical guide to contentious proceedings at IPOS? Seeking fresh perspectives on ADR? Need help with IP²SG or have questions about it?

 Sign up today!

In this practice-oriented seminar, the Hearings and Mediation Group (HMG) of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) will introduce participants to the recent changes in the law, and address practical issues in navigating contentious proceedings at IPOS. Participants will also receive tips on utilising the IP²SG platform effectively. To round off the programme, in a special segment, participants will hear from Mr Olivier Marquais who represents the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center in Singapore.

Whether you represent your clients in trade mark disputes, or if you or your organization owns or uses IP and may be involved in disputes, you will learn some of the best practices in contentious trade mark proceedings at IPOS.

Due to an overwhelming response, the registration for this course has been closed. To place yourself on the waiting list, please send an email to norima_sarnon@ipacademy.com.sg.

2.5 Public Points!
IP/IT Issues in FinTech
23 Mar 2017

FinTech is of strategic importance for a broad and diverse set of stakeholders. In particular, the promise of blockchain to streamline important, voluminous tasks is uniquely important to IP owners. It could provide an opportunity to IP owners to track and receive incremental payments that in the past were difficult to comprehend. It could also serve to minimise disputes in ways that the courts have not.

3 Public CPD Points!

Please take note that the venue is at Raffles City Convention Centre, Level 4, Canning Room (80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560)
4th Developments in IP Law Series
12 Jan 2017 - 21 Feb 2017

Developments in IP Law series is IP Academy’s annual signature programme for the legal fraternity in Singapore. It comprises 3 half-day seminars covering the following main domains of IP: Copyright, Patents, and Trade Marks/Passing Off. The 4th edition will again feature a prestigious speaker line-up comprising distinguished academics, experienced practitioners, industry representatives and representatives from the public sector. It is a must-attend programme for anyone with an interest in IP.

3 Public CPD Points per session.

Please take note that the venue for the remaining session is as follows:

Trade Secrets/Confidentiality Session | 21 February 2017: Raffles City Convention Centre, Level 4, Canning Room (80 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189560)
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2016
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Certified Patent Valuation Analyst Programme
1 - 2 Dec 2016

The Certified Patent Valuation Analyst (CPVA) programme provides IP and licensing managers, technology transfer professionals, inventors, patent lawyers, financial analysts and other business development executives with the skill set necessary to value patents. This world-renowned training approaches patent valuation from analytical, legal, financial and practical perspectives.

Furthermore, this programme arms participants with the knowledge and critical thinking abilities to negotiate and structure more accretive licensing arrangements.

Navigating IP & Competition Laws In the Digital Economy
18 Oct 2016

IP is a good thing -- you build it, you buy it, and you grow big. IP rights provide an incentive for innovation. This is likewise consistent with an objective of competition law. The digital age of rapid technological developments brings along with it new convergence and overlaps between IP and competition laws.    

IP Academy is joining forces with the Competition Commission of Singapore to provide a compass to navigate the interface between IP and competition laws. Set in the context of the digital economy, this seminar will explore the IP and competition issues surrounding two hot areas: Digital Parallel Imports and Big Data. Come listen to renowned academics and other experts in the field on the issues faced and how they avoid the IP and competition law red buttons.

A must-attend seminar for IP, competition and corporate commercial lawyers, in-house counsel, regulators and corporate strategy executives.

2.5 Public CPD Points
Strategies & Trends in IP Litigation
26 Jul 2016

Several aspects of IP proceedings, such as the risk of making groundless threats and the possibility of IP rights being invalidated, bring a set of challenges unique to IP litigation. Litigants and their counsel must be familiar with the niceties of IP proceedings, the procedural complications and the pitfalls to avoid.

The seminar will address the procedural framework surrounding IP litigation and focus on examples of how this framework is best employed for the effective enforcement or challenge of IP rights. Coverage will include timely, need-to-know topics for every practitioner and litigator, such as proving and disputing damages in an IP case and how to use expert witnesses effectively.

3 Public CPD Points available.
Transfer Pricing & Valuation For IP Structuring
5 May 2016

In this challenging economic environment, businesses are under increased scrutiny to explain their tax matters transparently, manage risk and manage multiple stakeholders in a cost effective way. Valuation of Intellectual Property (IP) and Transfer Pricing are two most important aspects of IP structuring. Hence, when structuring an IP within a group from one jurisdiction to another, one needs to give special considerations on the tax implications as a result of the restructuring especially in relation to the aspects of transfer pricing and valuation.

 This seminar will offer some in-depth analysis of Transfer Pricing and IP valuation. Participants will learn to look at IP from the perspectives of Transfer Pricing and valuation, and make informed decisions when selecting the best overseas domicile and inter-company licensing mechanisms.

3 Public CPD Points available | Hosted at Carlton Hotel Singapore
Fireside Chat with Senior IP Lawyers
19 Apr 2016

Ever wondered if Intellectual Property (IP) practice is for you?  Then this is the event not to be missed! 

If you are a law student charting your future legal career or a young legal associate exploring areas of specialisation including IP, this is your chance to find out more about a career in IP from seasoned professionals in the field!   

Whether you are contemplating the practice of IP law in private practice, public service or as an in-house counsel, our distinguished panellists will share invaluable perspectives and advice gleaned from years of experience in the IP field. 

Come and have a heart to heart chat with our panel and get your questions answered.  Furthermore, special initiatives for young IP lawyers will be unveiled at this Fireside Chat!  Be among the first to find out more. 

1 Public CPD Point available
3rd Development in IP Law Series
12 - 26 Jan 2016

“Developments in IP Law” series is IP Academy’s annual signature programme for the legal fraternity in Singapore. It comprises 3 half-day seminars covering the 3 main domains of IP: Copyright, Patents, and Trade Marks/Passing Off.

The series typically takes place in the first quarter of each year, and discusses the IP law developments in the preceding year. It focuses on developments in Singapore and the UK, and where relevant, developments in the EU, US and Australia.

The 3rd edition will again feature a prestigious speaker line-up comprising distinguished academics, experienced practitioners, industry representatives and representatives from the public sector. It is a must-attend programme for anyone with an interest in IP.

3 SILE CPD Points per session.
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2015
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IPOS Practice Package - Trade Marks Proceedings And Mediation
27 Oct 2015

Come and learn how to navigate contentious trade mark proceedings at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). This workshop is practical, hands on and provides insights behind the practices and procedures for trade mark oppositions, invalidations, revocations and appeals. Participants will learn the ins and outs of contentious proceedings at IPOS. Importantly, you will be acquainted with our most recent Practice Circulars as well as handy tips when using the new IP²SG platform. Participants will be introduced to the mediation option for trademarks disputes, provided to parties under a collaboration between IPOS and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). You will obtain a holistic view of the different facets of such contentious proceedings. Assistant Registrars from the High Court, managing the IP list, will address issues relating to appeals from IPOS. In another first, a District Judge from the State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution will train participants in the art of mediation advocacy. Learn how to make the most of IP mediation through an interactive role play session.

Closed: This course has overwhelming response, See you next round!
Overlapping IP Rights
15 Oct 2015

Trademarks, copyrights, patents, registered designs, geographical indications and other IP rights are often approached as a series of distinct rights. In reality, however, these IP rights often overlap in a single product or service. This seminar propounds the rationale for viewing IP from the vantage of overlapping rights, and explores a possible rubric that can be applied in considering any IP overlap. Several important Singapore cases involving overlapping IP rights will be discussed. In view of upcoming changes to Singapore's laws on geographical indications, the overlap between trade marks and geographical indications will be discussed in a separate session.  

3 SILE Public CPD Points!
IP Considerations When Leveraging on Social Media Platforms
17 Sep 2015

Featuring a panel of distinguished and knowledgeable speakers, participants can expect to learn how the IP challenges on social media platforms can be identified, avoided, and overcome. In particular, these issues will be contextualized to specific commonly used social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and BlogSpot. In addition, participants will also be given an insight on how corporations and businesses can better anticipate and address challenges in preparing and implementing a social media policy.

SILE CPD Points: 3 Public CPD Points
WIPO-IPOS Mediation Seminar: Win-Win in IP Disputes
27 Aug 2015

Join us for a panel discussion with representatives from the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, the Singapore State Courts Centre for Dispute Resolution, Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC), users of mediation, mediators and counsel to give different perspectives on mediation for IP disputes. From the user's perspective, what are the considerations for choice of dispute resolution mode? From the lawyer's perspective, what are the differences in experience and outcomes between mediation and IPOS adjudication? From the mediator's perspective, what is needed to achieve win-win? Participants will also gain valuable insights from the State Courts as they share their experience on structuring mediation as the primary dispute resolution mode. SIMC will add their views on mediation generally and the benefits of Singapore as a venue for mediating multi-jurisdictional disputes.

 

Registration here

SILE CPD Points: 2.5 Public CPD Points (Registration is FREE)
Criminal Enforcement of IP Rights
2 Jul 2015

 

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND


Copyright and trade mark laws in Singapore provide for both civil and criminal remedies against infringers. Criminal enforcement measures are particularly useful weapons against counterfeiting.


However, there is a dearth of information on criminal IP enforcement, particularly in relation to practical and procedural aspects. We have assembled a distinguished slate of speakers to share with participants their expertise and experience in a broad range of areas. Participants will first be treated to an overview of IP enforcement in Asia, with a focus on ASEAN. Thereafter, the speakers will delve into both the legal and procedural aspects of criminal enforcement in Singapore, including a discussion of investigative techniques encompassing computer forensics.

 


3 Public CPD points available!
Tax Considerations & Challenges Affecting IP
14 May 2015

Charles F. Kettering (an American engineer, the inventor of the electric starter and holder of 140 patents) had said “Thinking is one thing no one has ever been able to tax.” 

 

Well … that’s not exactly true.

 

IP being the output of innovation can generate financial gains, and as such it is an asset taxable upon transfer. However, given the largely intangible and often cross-border nature of IP, IP transactions can raise complex tax issues on which specialist advice should be sought. For MNCs, mastering strategies for planning IP assets are critical for tax avoidance; for policy makers, keeping abreast of these strategies are critical for combating Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS).

 

This seminar will provide an overview of the relationship between tax and IP and highlight the various tax considerations and challenges affecting IP in today’s world. Participants will benefit from a comprehensive analysis of the issues, developments and skills required for successful IP tax planning. 

  Tax Considerations & Challenges Affecting IP
3 SILE-CPD public points available!
IP Issues in M&A Transactions: Perspectives of Acquirer & Target, and Methods to Bridge the Differences
14 Apr 2015

This seminar will bring the participants through the whole M&A process, and dissect key IP issues from both the perspectives of the acquirer and the target. An in-house counsel will first map out the internal stakeholders involved in M&A transactions. Two renowned legal practitioners in the field of IP and M&A will role-play an acquirer and target respectively. Their differences in interests will then by bridged by a neutral party, a role which will be played by a leading academic in the IT area, and their negotiation will be analysed in detail.

Through this seminar, you will get a first-hand observation of an otherwise confidential M&A negotiation process, professionally conducted between two renowned legal practitioners in the field, and moderated by a well-known academic, and gain greater confidence to deal with IP issues in M&A transactions in the future.

  IP Issues in M&A Transactions: Perspectives of Acquirer & Target, and Methods to Bridge the Differences
SILE CPD Points: 3 Public Points !
Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (GCIP) & Masters of Science in Intellectual Property Management (MSc IPM) Informational Session 2015/2016
6 Feb 2015

The Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law programme (GCIP) is a comprehensive foundation IP law course which provides the fundamental IP knowledge that is needed by aspiring IP professionals and practitioners for a career in the field of Intellectual Property.


For those with a technical background, the Master of Science in Intellectual Property Management (MSc in IPM) is the next level of certification beyond the GCIP. It provides the essential knowledge for individuals who wish to specialise in the management of IP in a technology-related business.


Come join us to know more about the GCIP and MSc in IPM programmes, and to hear about possible career opportunities in the exciting and emerging field of IP! You will also get the opportunity to interact with GCIP & MSc IPM Alumni.

Developments in IP Law Series 2015
8 - 10 Jan 2015

“Developments in IP Law” series is IP Academy’s annual signature programme for the legal fraternity in Singapore. It comprises 3 half-day seminars covering the following main domains of IP: Copyright/Registered Designs, Patents, and Trade Marks/Passing Off. The series typically takes place in the first quarter of each year, and discusses the IP law developments in the preceding year. The series focuses on developments in Singapore and the UK, and where relevant, developments in the EU, US and Australia.

The 2015 edition will again feature a prestigious speaker line-up comprising distinguished academics, experienced practitioners, industry representatives and representatives from the public sector. It is a must-attend programme for anyone with an interest in IP.

CPD Points Available! 3 Public points per Seminar
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2014
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IP Clauses in Software Licences Perspectives of Licensor & Licensee, and Methods to Bridge the Differences
24 Oct 2014

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

The IT function is of critical importance to organisations in today's economy. A tough commercial environment means you need to fight for the best contractual terms available for your company or client. Regardless of whether your company or client is a licensor or licensee, an understanding of the negotiation process will give you an upper-hand in the "battle of forms", and avoid the potential pitfalls and even costly mistakes in some key contractual clauses, such as those of intellectual property (IP).

In this highly practical seminar, two renowned legal practitioners in the field of IT will role-play a licensor and licensee respectively. Their battle will focus on the critical IP elements in a typical software licence contract. Their differences in interests will then by bridged by a neutral party, a role which will be played by a leading academic in the IT area, and their negotiation will be analysed in detail. Through this seminar, you will get a first-hand observation of an otherwise confidential negotiation process, professionally conducted between two renowned legal practitioners in the field, and moderated by a well-known academic, and gain greater confidence to deal with IP clauses in software contracts in the future.

Apart from external lawyers and in-house counsel, Chief Information Officers, IT managers and anyone involved in IT transactions need to understand the interests of both sides as well as the industry ‘norms’, and will benefit from this seminar.

IP And International Trade
26 Sep 2014

This seminar brings together a distinguished panel of speakers with deep expertise in the area of IP & international trade.

The aim of this seminar is to give participants a bird’s eye view of how international trade has affected national IP laws and policies, and vice versa. At the same time, participants can expect to walk away with practical tips on trade negotiations and how these agreements could possibly be influenced through lobbying.

SILE Public CPD: 3 points
WIPO-IPOS Workshop on Expert Determination for IP and IT Disputes
28 Aug 2014

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. ​a 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.

SILE Public CPD points: 6
IP Considerations When Leveraging on Social Media Platforms
15 Jul 2014

WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND
With its increasingly widespread ubiquity, social media platforms can be used as an extremely effective resource for businesses and corporations to reach its target audiences. And yet despite this, it is also a double-edged sword: because for all the exciting opportunities for leverage social media can provide, there are also new and novel challenges that it presents, including in the IP arena.

By teaching participants how to incisively identify and overcome the key IP challenges in social media, this seminar aims to assist IP practitioners in navigating the uncharted waters of social media.

Featuring a panel of distinguished and knowledgeable speakers, participants can expect to learn how the IP challenges on social media platforms can be identified, avoided, and overcome. In particular, these issues will be contextualised to specific commonly used social media platforms such as FaceBook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and BlogSpot. In addition, participants will also be given an insight on how corporations and businesses can better anticipate and address challenges in preparing and implementing a social media policy.

3 SILE-CPD Public Points Available!
Legal Developments in Intellectual Property Law 2013 - Trade Marks/Passing Off
12 Mar 2014

Legal Developments in Intellectual Property Law 2013 – Trade Marks/Passing Off is a half-day afternoon seminar featuring legal developments in the areas of Trade Marks and Passing Off. The seminar will feature legal developments in Singapore, and where relevant, the UK.

Professor David Llewelyn will be the Key Speaker, and he will be joined by Mr Louis Chan, Mrs Murgiana Haq and Mr Mark Lim for the Q&A session.

This is part of a series of seminars. You may also be interested in the seminars on Patents (25 February 2014) and Copyright/Registered Designs (7 March 2014).

SILE CPD Points: 3 Public Points Registration has closed as the course is fully subscribed.
Legal Developments in Intellectual Property Law 2013 - Copyright/Registered Designs
7 Mar 2014

Legal Developments in Intellectual Property Law 2013 – Copyright/Registered Designs is a half-day afternoon seminar featuring legal developments in the areas of Copyright & Registered Designs. The seminar will feature legal developments in Singapore, and where relevant, the UK, Australia and any significant developments in other jurisdictions.

Mr Tan Tee Jim will be the Key Speaker, and he will be joined by Mr Adrian Ng, Dr David Tan and Mr Yeong Zee Kin for the Q&A session.

This is part of a series of seminars. You may also be interested in the seminars on Patents (25 February 2014) and Trade Marks/Passing Off (12 March 2014).

SILE CPD Points: 3 Public Points
Legal Developments in Intellectual Property Law 2013 - Patents
25 Feb 2014

Legal Developments in Intellectual Property Law 2013 - Patents is a half-day afternoon seminar featuring legal developments in the area of Patents. The seminar will feature legal developments in Singapore, and where relevant, the UK, Australia and any significant developments in other jurisdictions.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Ng Siew Kuan will be the Key Speaker, and she will be joined by Mr Alban Kang, Dr Victoria Lovatt and Dr Leslie McCaffery for the Q&A session.

This is part of a series of seminars. You may also be interested in the seminars on Copyright/Registered Designs (7 March 2014) and Trade Marks/Passing Off (12 March 2014).

Registration has closed as the course is fully subscribed.

SILE CPD Points: 3 Public Points
Practice Package for Young IP Lawyers – IPOS Proceedings and Mediation (Trade Marks)
11 Feb 2014

This workshop provides insight into the practices and procedures relating to trade mark proceedings at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

Participantswill gain a better understanding of the mediation process and learn how to use mediation to reach win-win solutions in an increasingly complex and transnational business environment.

 

Registration has closed as the course is fully subscribed.

SILE CPD Points: 6 Public Points
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