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Choose from a suite of programmes to upskill your IP capabilities and boost your business’ global expansion efforts.

For Enterprises


Tap on these available schemes and initiatives to support your team's journey in leveraging IA/IP for continued business growth.


IPOS will extend and enhance its Mediation Promotion Scheme (Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme ("EMPS")) for up to three years from 1 April 2019 to encourage parties in IPOS proceedings to choose mediation as an alternative to a hearing. Parties in a mediation case can receive funding of up to S$10,000 or up to S$12,000 if foreign IP rights are added to the subject-matter of mediation, regardless of the mediation outcome.

Read about PDF icon mediation cases under the Enhanced Mediation Promotion Scheme and a PDF icon successful mediation case which benefitted from the Mediation Promotion Scheme.


Who Can Apply?

  • You have an existing dispute before IPOS, and you and your counter-party agree to submit it to mediation in Singapore.

  • You agree to

    • Allow a "shadow" mediator to observe the mediation

    • Disclose your lawyer / agent fees

    • Give feedback on your mediation experience

    • Agree to named publicity, excluding details of the settlement terms

    • Co-pay at least 50% of your mediation-related lawyer / agent fees (and mediation-related disbursements charged by your lawyer / agent)

  • You and your counter-party participate in the actual mediation session on or after 1 April 2019, in any event, no later than 31 March 2022 or until the available funding is drawn down, whichever is earlier.


How to Apply?

  • Submit an existing dispute before IPOS to mediation and inform IPOS of your intention to apply for funding under the EMPS, before mediation starts.

  • If you are not sure whether you will claim EMPS funding at the time you submit your dispute to mediation, you are encouraged to first inform IPOS in writing that you may do so; and update us later when you have come to a decision.

  • Submit the EMPS application form to IPOS within 1 month from the date of the payment receipt from the mediation service provider or your lawyer / agent, whichever is later.


Related Information

Local companies may apply for the following grants that are administered by Enterprise Singapore to defray eligible IP costs.


Enterprise Development Grant (EDG)

  • Companies seeking to upgrade their businesses, innovate or venture overseas can defray eligible costs with EDG.

  • As of 25 October 2018, the EDG has replaced the Capability Development Grant (CDG) and Global Company Partnership (GCP) grant.

  • Click here to find out more.


Market Readiness Assistance (MRA)

  • Companies looking to market products and services overseas can defray up to 70% of third-party costs through the MRA grant.

  • Click here to find out more.

With the growing importance of Intangible Assets (IA) and IP in generating enterprise value, the Workforce for IP-Savvy Enterprises (WISE) initiative is back for a second run. Jointly organised by IPOS and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), join us to prepare your enterprise for today’s IA/IP centric economy. 

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To find out more, check out our info-kit.


For Individuals

IP is an exciting and growing industry sector with many career opportunities and options. Find out more about making IP your vocation of choice, and build on your skills towards a rewarding career path.

The Skills Framework is a SkillsFuture initiative developed for the Singapore workforce to promote skills mastery and lifelong learning. Developed by SkillsFuture Singapore, Workforce Singapore and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore together with employers, industry associations, education and training providers, the Skills Framework for Intellectual Property will provide comprehensive information on the sector, career pathways, job roles, skills required, as well as relevant training programmes for skills upgrading and mastery.

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IP Legal
Patents Prosecution Track

1. Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee

The Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee assists in the drafting and filing of patent applications under supervision. He/She works closely with inventors and researchers in the process, and also assists in monitoring timelines while ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements and ethical guidelines. He also conducts patent-related searches to facilitate the patent drafting and filing process and liaises with inventors and researchers on the written opinions and/or office actions of the patent examiners.

The Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee prepares budget reports based on expenses incurred, as well as conducts research into potential business opportunities to facilitate management’s decision making. He also engages in continuous professional development activities to deepen his expertise and knowledge.

The Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee has a good grasp of local patent regulatory regimes and has good communication skills to establish relationships with key stakeholders, inventors and researchers. He has good written skills to draft technical documents, and is able to understand and interpret scientific and technology-based information.


2. Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent

The Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent files patents on behalf of the organisation and/or clients. To facilitate this, he/she conducts interviews with inventors and researchers to better understand the technology in order to draft specifications, invention abstracts and drawings. He also proposes responses to patent examiners’ written opinions and/or office actions while ensuring that regulatory requirements and timelines are adhered to. He liaises closely with internal and/or external litigation counsel on patent-related litigation matters, while providing advice on patent infringements and validity.

The Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent coaches others and ensures adherence to ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements. He maintains a network within the intellectual property (IP) community and is able to identify business opportunities and/or growth areas for the organisation and/or clients to explore.

The Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent possesses sound knowledge of the science and technology underpinning the inventions. He possesses excellent communication skills when collaborating with inventors and researchers and has the ability to translate technical knowledge for patent submissions. He is required to fulfil the requirements of registration as a patent agent as defined in Rules 6 and 7, Patents (Patent Agents) Rules 2001 and application for a practising certificate as defined in Rule 9, Patents (Patent Agents) Rules 2001.


3. Partner/Director/Principal

The Partner/Director/Principal oversees the organisation’s and/or clients’ patent strategy and oversees the international and local filing of patents in accordance with regulatory requirements. He/She grows organisation’s and/or clients’ patent portfolios and provides expert advice on patent-related issues. He oversees matters related to patent infringements and patent litigation, and advises the organisation and/or clients on responses to examiners’ written opinions and/or office actions. The Partner/Director/Principal also drives the organisation’s business development function by identifying new growth areas for the organisation.

The Partner/Director/Principal oversees a team to ensure that organisational targets and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are communicated and achieved. He leads the talent management function for the team and explores new and/or emerging technology to determine its relevance to the organisation in enhancing work processes and increase productivity.

The Partner/Director/Principal has a sound grasp of local and international patent regulatory regimes and is able to provide sound advice when faced with complex scenarios. As an expert in his field, he may be called upon to provide opinions and to share his expertise at public forums.

IP Strategy Track

1. IP Director/IP Strategist

The Intellectual Property Director/Intellectual Property Strategist is responsible for developing and managing the implementation of overall intellectual property (IP) strategies and policies for the organisation. He/She oversees the management of the organisation's entire IP portfolio and advises senior management and/or clients on risks and opportunities regarding IP assets. He drives technology transfer activities and manages complex technology transfer projects with large budgets in complex circumstances.

He is able to synthesise information from different fields to extrapolate trends and conclusions that may have a strategic impact on the organisation. He also manages and evaluates the organisation’s risk exposure while taking the lead in innovation and growth management in bringing new ideas to the market. He is also on the constant lookout for new technologies to enhance productivity and generate new insights.

He has an in-depth knowledge of the architecture underpinning innovations and its potential. He has a global mindset and stays abreast of global innovation and trends to be able to interpret its impact on the organisation. He has deep knowledge of IP and emerging technology and innovation trends. He possesses strong leadership and management skills and is an excellent negotiator in complex scenarios. He mentors a team and advocates best practices and adherence to regulatory and legislative guidelines.

IP Management Track

1. Senior IP Paralegal/IP Management Associate

The Senior Intellectual Property Paralegal/Intellectual Property Management Associate is responsible for supporting the implementation of the organisation’s intellectual property (IP) plans and maintaining IP processes based on established policies. He/She oversees the organisation’s IP portfolio management activities by analysing and organising information pertaining to IP portfolios to maximise and optimise business value, while ensuring compliance to IP-related legislation and guidelines.

The Senior IP Paralegal/IP Management Associate also prepares budgetary reports for management’s update and computes expenses for billing purposes. He stays updated on the latest changes in legislative and regulatory requirements and ensures that all IP applications comply with the same. He monitors the team’s achievement of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and facilitates continuous improvement and innovation activities within the team.

The Senior IP Paralegal/IP Management Associate possesses strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work independently. He is meticulous and is able to multi-task with competing priorities while maintaining oversight over large volumes of work.


2. Senior IP Manager/IP Manager

The Senior Intellectual Property Manager/Intellectual Property Manager develops the organisation’s intellectual property (IP) strategies and policies to manage the organisation’s IP portfolio and intangible assets. He/She oversees the organisation’s international IP portfolio and conducts analysis on current and past filings to inform management of potential IP infringements. He also manages assigned IP portfolios and provides relevant inputs on IP-related opportunities and risks across business units. He supports business development activities by providing advice and inputs on relevant IP issues and due diligence activities.

The Senior IP Manager/IP Manager is expected to keep abreast of international legislative and regulatory requirements pertaining to IP and is expected to assess its potential impact on the organisation’s IP portfolio, processes and procedures. He also manages the talent development initiatives for the team, and motivates them to achieve the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). He manages the budget and resource allocation for the team and prepares inputs for forward planning.

The Senior IP Manager/IP Manager possesses strong interpersonal skills and business acumen, and is able to lead multiple projects simultaneously. He is detail-oriented and takes initiative and proactive steps to ensure the organisation’s compliance to IP legislation and guidelines. He works well with both internal and external key stakeholders.

IP Commercialisation Track

1. IP Commercialisation Associate/IP Commercialisation Analyst

The Intellectual Property Commercialisation Associate/Intellectual Property Commercialisation Analyst assumes the responsibility of supporting technology transfer, development and commercialisation activities. He/She conducts research and collates relevant information to support business development and marketing activities, and drives discussions with relevant stakeholders.

He also prepares budgetary reports for management and computes expenses for billing purposes. He stays updated on the latest changes in legislative and regulatory requirements and ensures that all intellectual property (IP) applications comply with the same. He has some insight into the commercial viability of technology and the business environment, as well as the value of IP and legal issues concerning commercialisation.

He possesses strong oral and written communication skills, with the ability to work independently. He is meticulous and is able to manage competing priorities while maintaining oversight over large volumes of work. He possesses in-depth knowledge of commonly used IP databases, search engines and information sources to be able to analyse and manage the knowledge retrieved.


2. Senior IP Consultant/Senior IP Commercialisation Manager/IP Consultant/IP Commercialisation Manager

The Senior Intellectual Property Consultant/Senior Intellectual Property Commercialisation Manager/Intellectual Property Consultant/Intellectual Property Commercialisation Manager facilitates the technology transfer, development and commercialisation of assigned technologies activities. He/She provides guidance regarding relevant technology transfer issues, including developing and interpreting policies and represents the organisation's interest in intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer to external organisations. He establishes new commercialisation agreements and business development relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

He has sound knowledge and insight into IP rights, licensing, legislation, and practical and commercial implications of legal issues concerning technology transfer and business development. He plays a key role in identifying potential partners and sources of funding and shaping the business model to facilitate technology transfer.

He possesses excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, and the ability to engage with individuals from technical, legal and research backgrounds. He also possesses a strong business acumen, with proven leadership in technology transfer activities. He builds and manages relationships with key stakeholders or networks.



As one of the fastest-growing sectors in the global economy, the IP industry is brighter than ever.

Master the skills and knowledge required for a career in the IP industry. With programmes and courses catered to the different job roles in IP, you will be able to gain the skills you need for the industry of the future.

So begin your journey towards a fulfilling career in IP today!

Singapore University of Social Sciences
in collaboration with IPOS and IPOS International (Academy)

Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM)

A 2-year programme, aimed at IP and innovation professionals looking to deepen their knowledge and skills set, as well as professionals and mid-careerists interested in transiting to the IP industry or upskilling.

*The MIPIM is an approved course for Singapore patent agent qualification. Please click here for the requirements to becoming a Singapore Registered Patent Agent.

IPOS International (Academy)

Specialist Certificate in Intangible Asset Management

An 8-month part-time programme, targeted at professionals who are keen to enter the intellectual property industry, or to deepen their knowledge about the business value of intangible assets.

Launched in January 2018, the SkillsFuture Study Award for Intellectual Property (IP) Sector is targeted at early to mid-career Singaporeans seeking to acquire or level up their IP skills. Successful applicants will each receive S$5,000, which can be used to defray expenses associated with continuing education and training for career development. The award is bond-free.

For more details on the eligibility criteria, application period and application process of the SkillsFuture Study Award for IP Sector, please visit this page here.

[NB: The SkillsFuture Study Awards will be discontinued on 31 Mar 2022, as part of SSG’s broader efforts to review existing schemes and prioritise resources for programmes that deliver stronger manpower development outcomes. Eligible Singaporeans who wish to apply for the award should submit their applications by 17 Feb 2022.]

Take a look at this short video series that outlines the SFSA-IP programme and features the journeys of two applicants.



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