IPBC Southeast Asia 2019 will bring together contributions from some of the foremost thought leaders from major domestic and international IP owners plus industry regulators and disruptors. For information about speaking and participation options, please contact Kint Hui on khui@GlobeBMG.com

Click here to view the full speaker faculty from the IPBC Southeast Asia 2018.


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David Blanco
Assistant General Counsel, Asia and Africa
Bayer CropScience
David Blanco is Assistant General Counsel of Asia and Africa at Bayer CropScience (formerly Monsanto). Among other responsibilities, he is the law business Partner for corporate engagement and government affairs in Asia-Pacific. Mr Blanco ensures that there is a positive business and investment climate for Monsanto across the region, including by promoting respect for IP rights, science-based regulation and reasonable foreign direct investment rules and advising on matters such as crisis management, critical incident response, business continuity, anti-counterfeiting, compliance investigations, privacy and operational risk management.

Mr Blanco has a successful track record advising both Bayer and Monsanto on how to successfully manage challenging regulatory environments, compliance and anti-counterfeiting issues. He is a leading member of the Asia-Pacific Core Response Team for Compliance Investigations (including trade compliance and procurement) and is the region’s leading expert in responding to antitrust and regulatory investigations and anti-counterfeiting and labour disputes.
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Yew Kuin Cheah
Director and Senior Counsel, Global Content Protection and Litigation
21st Century Fox
Yew Kuin Cheah is Director and Senior Counsel, Global Content Protection and Litigation, at 21st Century Fox. Mr Cheah oversees content protection matters in Asia-Pacific and regularly works with industry associations and local authorities to develop strategies to prevent and take action against content piracy. Prior to joining 21st Century Fox, Mr Cheah practised at an international law firm. He has more than 15 years’ experience in IP enforcement and litigation, as well as content anti-piracy matters.
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Ridhma Dhar
Solution Consultant
Clarivate Analytics
Ridhma Dhar is a Solutions Consultant for IP in Southeast Asia at Clarivate Analytics, formerly the IP and science business of Thomson Reuters.

With more than a decade of experience in IP, Ms Dhar has worked with universities and corporate and governmental clients to help them to power innovation and make confident IP decisions. She has worked across the IP lifecycle and her areas of expertise include prior art searches, patent analytics and IP management. She has conducted several IP awareness workshops and speaks regularly at innovation and IP events. Before joining Clarivate Analytics, Ms Dhar worked with IBM and Evalueserve.

Ms Dhar graduated from Punjab Engineering College in India with a degree in electronics and telecoms engineering. It was her training at the World Intellectual Property Organisation summer school in South Korea that led her to a career in IP.
Denis Diop
Executive Vice President and Group Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific
Denis Diop has worked at FERNBACH-Software Ltd for eight years. FERNBACH provides an accounting and valuation solution called FlexFinance to banks which account for their financial instruments under International Financial Reporting Standard 9. Dr Diop joined FERNBACH’s London office in 2011 and later moved to the company’s headquarters in Luxembourg. For the past two years, Dr Diop has lived and worked for FERNBACH in Indonesia and Singapore.

Dr Diop is dually qualified and admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales and the German Bar. He has a PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin and an LLM in international business law focusing on international comparative copyright law and IP transactions from Queen Mary University in London. Dr Diop is about to graduate from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with an executive MBA later in 2019.
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Justin Fun
Head, IP Value and Strategy
Justin Fun is Head of the IP Value and Strategy department at Amadeus, where he oversees strategy development and plans to maximise the value of the company’s IP. His group also manages business unit IP strategies and drives IP intelligence activities to support commercial objectives. Mr Fun has more than 12 years’ experience in the IP field. Prior to joining Amadeus, he was a Patent Attorney in both private practice and in-house at a multinational corporation.
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Cheng Huat Ho
Executive Vice President, IP Management Division
Accelerate Technologies Pte Ltd
As Executive Vice President of the ETPL IP Management Division, Cheng Huat Ho oversees a team that manages the largest pool of made-in-Singapore technologies. A former Singapore-registered patent agent with more than eight years’ patent prosecution experience, Mr Ho previously served as the Director of Singapore’s IP Academy and is currently a member of the Association of Singapore Patent Agents and the Licensing Executives Society in Singapore.
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Choavarit Kamonsatikul
IP Manager, Corporate Technology Office

Choavarit Kamonsatikul is Manager of IP at SCG’s corporate technology office, a strategic unit for technology and IP management. Since 2014, Dr Kamonsatikul has developed and implemented IP valuation and commercialisation programmes across different business units. His project has been integrated into the company’s business functions and has had a significant impact on business performance. Dr Kamonsatikul is responsible for technology and IP analysis and valuation in order to support SCG’s technology business investments.

Dr Kamonsatikul has a BSc in chemistry and a PhD in materials science and engineering from Mahidol University. He has also worked as a Researcher and IP Specialist in industrial sectors. Dr Kamonsatikul has published 6 scientific papers on catalysis technology.

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Jason Kang
Group Patent Counsel
Jason Kang is Group Counsel in Intel Corporation’s law and policy group. He manages Intel’s worldwide graphics IP portfolio and has extensive experience in patent drafting, prosecution, appeals and post-grant proceedings. He performs strategic offensive and defensive patent reviews and advises the business units on IP matters. He also manages Intel’s pro bono programme in Asia and has assisted several non-profit organisations with their legal needs.

Mr Kang has a BEng (hons) in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore (NUS), an MSc in integrated circuit design from Nanyang Technological University and an LLB (hons) from the NUS Faculty of Law. He is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore and serves on the IP Practice and Cybersecurity and Data Protection Committees of the Law Society of Singapore. He is a member of the Association of Singapore Patent Attorneys and the Singapore Law Academy.
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Dave Kaufman
Director, IP
Dave Kaufman is Director of IP at AT&T, where he leads the company’s strategic IP portfolio development and monetisation efforts. In this role, Mr Kaufman draws from his wide-ranging career experience in bringing technology to market for Fortune 50 enterprises and early-stage companies both in North America and internationally. Before joining AT&T, Mr Kaufman co-founded mobile transportation company RideCell and led marketing for Elastic Networks, taking the company public and later through acquisition. He also served as a VentureLab Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology and led engineering for EMS Technologies, developing communications systems for the aerospace and transportation industries.
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Nigel King
Head, IP & Global Sponsorships, Senior Legal Counsel
Standard Chartered Bank
Nigel King leads the IP and global sponsorships legal team at Standard Chartered, an international bank focused on helping people and companies prosper in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He focuses on global trademark and IP strategies and protection and supports the bank’s global and strategic regional marketing initiatives. Mr King has a particular interest in sports sponsorship, having recently led Standard Chartered’s renewal of its main sponsorship of the Liverpool Football Club. He is also responsible for all Standard Chartered marathons, including events in Singapore and Hong Kong. In addition, Mr King is a registered Patent Attorney and has been instrumental in evolving Standard Chartered’s fintech IP strategy.
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Satoshi Konno
Managing Director
IP Bridge Inc
As Managing Director of IP Bridge, Satoshi Konno leads the company’s innovation division overseeing domestic and worldwide business development, with a focus on supporting SMEs and universities by investing and aligning their IP and business strategies. His expertise covers a wide range of industries, including healthcare, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

Before joining IP Bridge, Mr Konno co-founded Morphlabs, Inc, a US venture company specialising in global cloud platform software. Previously, he worked at CSK Venture Capital, one of the oldest venture capital firms in Japan, where he led multiple initial public offerings and M&As as General Manager of the firm’s overseas investment division. Mr Konno began his career as an IT Network and Database Engineer.

Mr Konno has a BA in international economics from Yokohama National University and an MBA with a focus on tech venture financing from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Raditya Kosasih
Associate General Counsel, Technology, Data, and IP
Raditya Kosasih is Associate General Counsel for technology, data and IP at GO-JEK. He oversees data protection-related matters and manages GO-JEK's IP portfolio in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations region. Mr Kosasih's experience working in top-tier law firms and government agencies has made him a unique talent who can work closely with the company’s commercial team and liaise with government officials on regulatory matters.

Mr Kosasih is responsible for the professional development of the GO-JEK Group’s legal team, focusing on the innovative thinking needed to implement legal automation at GO-JEK.

Mr Kosasih has an LLB from the University of Indonesia and an LLM (advanced) in law and digital technologies from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
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Candice Kwok
Marks&Clerk Singapore
Candice Kwok began practising in Singapore in 2000. She is admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court and a member of the California State Bar. Ms Kwok advises clients on brand strategy, focusing on the selection, registration, protection, maintenance and enforcement of their trademarks. She is also experienced in civil litigation and international commercial arbitration. Ms Kwok is Chair of INTA’s Asia-Pacific Subcommittee for Trademark Office Practices.

The WTR 1000 has described Ms Kwok as a counsel who “consistently delivers pragmatic, on-point advice in tricky prosecution and strategy engagements”, and has included her in its rankings every year since 2013. Ms Kwok has been named an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property in its annual rankings since 2014 and has also been featured as a Trademark Leader by World IP Review Leaders annually since 2016.
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Jimmy Lim
Head, IP
Jimmy Lim has more than 15 years of core industry experience in a wide range of corporate IP matters, including licensing, litigation, analytics, competitive strategy and IP infrastructure programmes. He has rich experience in managing and supporting Panasonic businesses in Asia (excluding Japan), covering sectors such as wireless communications, energy, housing and industrial devices. Mr Lim has also successfully managed multi-million dollar licensing programmes and currently leads a team of 12 IP professionals at Panasonic’s Singapore regional headquarters.
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Alex Liam
General Counsel
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts
Alex Liam is General Counsel at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts and heads its legal team globally across 28 countries. He is also a qualified Lawyer in Singapore and Australia. His purview spans all major corporate transactions, IP and litigation. Notably, his company’s portfolio covers an estimated 900 trademarks (per class) and copyright registrations across the globe. Mr Liam’s accolades include being named as one of the top 25 In-House Counsels, a top 40 under 40 Lawyer in Asia and a finalist for Asian Legal Business’s In-House Lawyer of the Year Award for 2018. He was also shortlisted as a finalist for Asian-mena Counsel’s In-House Counsel of the Year Award for 2018. Mr Liam volunteers as a Pro Bono Lawyer with the Law Society of Singapore for its legal clinics and as a member of various law society committees.
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Faith Lim
Legal Counsel
Faith Lim is Legal Counsel at Heineken. She manages the global trademark portfolio of Heineken Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd, which includes well-loved brands such as Tiger beer, Anchor beer and ABC stout. Ms Lim works closely with various commercial brand teams to create and protect valuable IP for the company.
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Jew Pean Lim
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Engage Nova
Jew Pean is the Co-founder and CEO of Engage Nova Ptd Ltd, a field service IoT company. He started the company to provide a unified platform to bridge enterprise resource planning (ERP) and field service technologies.

Prior to founding Engage Nova, Jew Pean started Nichefield Pte Ltd in 2007 to provide ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions for customers in South East Asia. Nichefield was subsequently acquired by Kakiko Group Limited (HKEX listed company).

Before Nichefield, Jew Pean was the Solution Architect and Business Development Manager (SAP solutions) with Danish conglomerate Jebsen & Jessen South East Asia from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining Jebsen, he was a Senior Operation Engineer (web services) with IBM Software Group in Singapore from 1997 to 2000.
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Sheky Loo
Brand Protection Director, Asia Pacific, Japan & Greater China
Cisco Systems
Sheky Loo is a strong and inspirational leader with a flair for developing talent and motivating employees. She is passionate about process improvement and tenacious in the pursuit of her goals. Ms Loo is equally adept at strategic planning and tactical execution. She has a history of quantifiable success in process improvement, people development and management and corporate planning.

Ms Loo has expertise in brand protection and IP, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, long-range planning, revenue recognition, contract review and approval, channel management, complex deal structuring, deal negotiation, business demand planning, supply chain operations, process improvement, project implementation, corporate governance, control and audit and people development.
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Joshua Looi
Regional Legal Counsel
Joshua Looi is Regional Legal Counsel at Lazada Group, a leading e-commerce company in Southeast Asia. Lazada Group is majority owned by Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA). Mr Looi advises the Lazada Group on IP, regulatory and commercial issues in Southeast Asia.

Prior to joining Lazada, Mr Looi was a Corporate and IP Lawyer based in Singapore.
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Gary Ma
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
Gary Ma is Managing Partner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Taipei office. He specialises in finding ways to solve clients’ IP problems in the most effective and cost-efficient manner possible. Mr Ma has been recognised by IAM as a leader in litigation and transactions in Taiwan, as well as a top IP strategist. He works both with well-known multinationals and small start-ups.

Mr Ma represents clients in patent and trade secret litigations before the US district courts and the International Trade Commission. His litigation experience includes arguing motions and taking multiple cases to trial. He represents and counsels clients on inter partes reviews, re-examinations and interference proceedings at the USPTO. He also counsels clients on non-adversarial matters, including conducting freedom-to-operate and patentability opinions and helping clients to develop useful and valuable patent portfolios.
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Nuttina Netsuwan
Group Lead, IP Manager
Thai Union Group
Nuttina Netsuwan joined Thai Union Group PLC (TUG) in 2016 in the newly created role of Group Lead, IP Manager. She is responsible for developing and executing IP strategies for the group’s innovation centre, which houses 80 scientists. Ms Netsuwan manages TUG’s IP portfolio, including the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications. Her role also includes overseeing strategies for protecting and enforcing IP rights and conducting patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses and third-party patent portfolio assessments.

Before joining TUG, Ms Netsuwan advised on and managed patent-related matters at Thailand’s largest government-funded research institute, the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA). Prior to becoming an IP professional, she was a Research Scientist for six years in NSTDA’s immunology laboratory.
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Andrew Ooi
Partner, Valuation and Modeling Services
Andrew Ooi has more than 20 years of valuations, capital markets, financial modelling and financial advisory experience in serving local, multinational and listed companies in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Mr Ooi leads Deloitte Southeast Asia’s valuation and modelling services. Outside of Deloitte, Mr Ooi is involved in Singapore’s valuation industry, being a member of the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers of Singapore (IVAS) Council, the IVAS Standards and Technical Committee and the IVAS Professional Development Committee. Mr Ooi is a Fellow Member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Valuer and Appraiser under the IVAS.
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Aaradhana Sadasivam
Senior Manager, IP
Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory
Aaradhana Sadasivam has 18 years’ experience dealing with all aspects of patents in traditional law firms, IP consultancy firms and in-house environments. Dr Sadasivam is particularly experienced in the fungal, plant, animal biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical sciences fields, as well as in the mechanical engineering and semiconductor technology fields.
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Jacob Schindler
Asia editor
Jacob Schindler is the Asia editor of IAM. He has been based in Hong Kong for five years, working in a number of editorial and research roles covering intellectual property. He previously worked as a reporter for IAM and World Trademark Review.
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Elaine Tan
Director, Legal

Elaine Tan joined Razer in 2018 and is responsible for overseeing its IP portfolio, with a particular emphasis on brand protection, management and enforcement. At Razer, Ms Tan works with a talented group of inventors, developers and innovators to develop a robust, focused and well-managed IP portfolio that will both safeguard Razer’s interests and propel it to meet new challenges and opportunities. 

Before joining Razer, Ms Tan practised in the IP litigation and enforcement practice group of a leading boutique IP firm in Singapore. She is well regarded by clients and peers and has been cited as a leading lawyer in publications such as Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides (trademarks and women in business law), Asialaw Leading Lawyers (trademarks) and Asia IP Experts (litigation and enforcement). She is an active Member of the Singapore Bar and was Chair of its Information Technology Committee from 2015 to 2018.

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Lee Quin Tan
Assistant Regional Counsel
Lee Quin Tan is an Assistant Regional Counsel at Grab, based in Kuala Lumpur. She is responsible for the management of the company’s IP and data privacy portfolios across the region and also oversees legal support for the GrabFood team. Prior to joining Grab, Ms Tan was a Malaysian-qualified Advocate and Solicitor in leading Malaysian firm Skrine, where she represented clients in matters relating to the use and enforcement of IP and advises on data privacy and technology, media and telecoms matters.
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Michelle Tan

Michelle has more than thirteen years of experiences in formulating and executing business strategies. Her

area of practices includes advising her clients on aligning a company’s intellectual asset strategy with its

business model and growth strategy; advising on the market addressable space, prioritising business

growth milestones, developing financial model and identifying potential partners, licensing and acquisition

targets. She has served a diversity of local and foreign co companies from industries including robotics,

medical technology, manufacturing, biotechnology, aquaculture, mining and financial technology. She also

carries out competitive landscape analysis through technology mapping.

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Welly Tantono
Welly Tantono is the Founder of ArkFactor, a technology company. Before starting ArkFactor, she was General Counsel of honestbee, Asia-Pacific’s leading online concierge and delivery provider and the company behind Asia’s first cashless grocery store outside China. Ms Tantono’s relationship with the tech world began in New York and California, where she represented clients in patent prosecution and bet-the-company patent litigations. She also represented tech and biotech clients in venture and public capital financing, M&A, joint ventures and multi-year licensing, outsourcing, joint development and collaboration arrangements. As in-house adviser, she was General Counsel for Bain & Company’s Asia-Pacific offices. She is also General Counsel to the country leadership teams of various countries within the Hewlett Packard Enterprise portfolio. Ms Tantono is President of the Singapore chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
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Coral Toh
Spruson & Ferguson

Coral Toh is a Principal at Spruson & Ferguson. She co-heads its trademarks group and manages its greater China business.

Ms Toh’s practice focuses on portfolio management, acquisition, licensing and enforcement. She has been recognised as a leading practitioner by the World Trademark Review, The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, Chambers Asia and the Legal 500. She has spoken on diverse IP topics, including descriptive trademarks in Asia, the creation, acquisition and management of trademarks and the non-traditional protection of corporate identity and ad properties in China. Ms Toh also contributed the chapter on IP disputes to the China Arbitration Handbook (2012), which was published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Spruson & Ferguson is a regional IP practice with 10 offices across Asia-Pacific and more than 400 people dedicated to IP protection.
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David Toh
Chief Technology Officer
David Toh is Director and Chief Technology Officer at NTUitive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore which is responsible for commercialising the university’s scientific research and creating start-ups. Prior to joining NTUitive, Mr Toh spent 20 years in the finance industry at ING Barings, Lehman Brothers and DBS Asset Management as a leading Analyst and Fund Manager in the technology sector. Before joining the finance industry, Mr Toh was a Process Engineer in the semiconductor industry. He is a member of the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) Listings Advisory Committee and is Independent Director of SGX-listed iFast Corp. Mr Toh has a BSc in materials science and engineering and a BA in government and Asian studies from Cornell University.
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Lily Tsen
General Counsel
Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific
Lily Tsen started her career at a top-tier international law firm before joining Amcor Flexibles Asia Pacific (AFAP) as a secondee from the corporate and M&A practice of one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms. Originally based in Melbourne, Ms Tsen was tasked with assisting AFAP after Amcor demerged its Australasia and packaging distribution business. That work culminated in Ms Tsen joining Amcor permanently as the inaugural General Counsel for AFAP, after having provided extensive support for several significant regional projects and initiatives.

Ms Tsen is now based at AFAP’s regional headquarters in Singapore and works closely with its senior leadership team and country businesses, as well as Amcor’s corporate functions, to provide legal and regulatory solutions.

Ms Tsen has spoken at numerous international conferences talking on topics relating to legal and regulatory risk and compliance.
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Miles Upton
Regional General Manager, Asia
Cambridge Consultants
Miles Upton is Regional General Manager, Asia for Cambridge Consultants, a world-class supplier of breakthrough innovation. He oversees a diverse range of projects focused on developing bespoke IP to meet the real-world commercial challenges faced by leading technology companies.

With more than 20 years’ experience in Asia, Dr Upton has held senior roles at a number of multinationals, including Motorola and Mentor Graphics, where he was responsible for regional software IP licensing.

Dr Upton set up the Asian operations of TTPCom, a software and hardware IP developer for mobile devices, and established its offices in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taipei and Singapore. His industry experience covers a range of business sectors, including mobile communications, healthcare, consumer electronics, semiconductors, automotive and industrial.

Dr Upton has a PhD in electronics from the University of York and was awarded a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Postdoctoral Fellowship in computational electromagnetics from Concordia University, Montreal.
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Edric Wong
Senior Vice President, Technology, Operations and IP
Edric Wong heads the Technology, Operations and IP Legal team in DBS. Edric and his team are responsible for the entire lifecycle of DBS’ global IP assets, from day-to-day portfolio management to strategic acquisition, development, licensing, monetisation and brand protection. Edric’s team is in the process of implementing IP standards and governance for DBS at the Group level and providing training and education.
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Heng Loon Wong
Senior IP Counsel
Heng Loon Wong heads Amadeus’s commercial IP team, which handles the company’s trademark portfolio, open source management and all types of IP transaction. Mr Wong has more than 15 years’ experience in the IP field and was previously a research engineer on digital signal processing technologies. He then became a patent and IP professional, working in both private practice and in-house positions as a patent attorney dealing with patent drafting and prosecution, as well as providing advice on general IP matters. At Amadeus, Mr Wong is involved in all transactional aspects of intellectual property, as well as defining the company’s overall IP strategy.
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Jayce Yeo
Regional Director, Asia Pacific
Jayce Yeo is the Asia-Pacific Regional Director of CSC Digital Brand Services, based in Singapore. With more than 10 years’ industry experience, she collaborates with brand owners to secure digital assets across key channels. Ms Yeo is adept at engaging stakeholders from cross-functional disciplines, such as legal, security, information technology and marketing on security and brand protection strategies. CSC helps organisations to effectively manage, promote and secure their valuable brand assets against the threats of the online world. Today, CSC Asia’s presence is represented by its established footprint in Australia, greater China and Singapore.