IP Clinics

IPOS IP Legal Clinic is taking a recess from 1 March 2021 and will return in mid-2021 as we make changes to it to serve you better. We encourage requestors to submit their registration for IP Legal Clinic sessions scheduled from January 2021 to February 2021 as soon as possible.

IPOS conducts weekly complimentary clinic services as part of its package of services for  local businesses and individuals. 

IP Business Clinics

Our IP Business Clinic allows the requestor to make an appointment with a member of our panel of business consultants on IP strategies and options for businesses. Areas of expertise include IP Strategy & IP Portfolio Management; IP Commercialisation; IP Intelligence, Audit and Valuation. This 45-minute complimentary session allows the requestor to discuss his/her IP related business concerns with an external professional consultant.

The external professional consultants currently on our panel of IP Business Clinic are:  

Ms Renee Xavier, Founder and Director, Alpha & Omega Law Corporation

Renee Xavier

Renee Xavier is the founder and director of Alpha & Omega Law Corporation, a Singapore law firm specialising in Intellectual Asset law since 2003, with offices in Malaysia and the Philippines.  Admitted to practice in Singapore, Malaysia and the United Kingdom, Renee is accredited with 28 years of experience in civil, commercial, real estate, property, banking and corporate law. 

Since 2017, Renee has been recognised annually as one of the world’s leading IP strategists when she was presented the prestigious IAM Strategy 300 award by Globe Business Media Group.  

Today, Renee continues to champion the strategic management and deployment of IP and is passionate about helping clients commercialise and capitalise on their IP assets to generate revenue and achieve sustainable growth. She also enjoys passing on her wealth of knowledge via teaching engagements with IP Academy Singapore, National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University. 

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Mr Albert Kong, CEO, Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd

Albert Kong

Albert has more than 31 years of franchising experience. His achievements: he and his team have helped over 1300 companies in over 10 Asian countries in franchising & related consulting work; he has built a network of 70 strategic partners in 50 nations; he’s a board franchise Confederation and Franchising & Licensing Association Singapore; He’d been awarded numerous awards by various national franchise associations & other organisations; he’d spoken in 47 nations over 300 occasions; he’d co-authored Developing and Managing a Franchise and contributed to many publications on franchising; He’s the Editor-in-Chief of Asia Franchise & Business Opportunities magazine since 1994. 

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Mr. Clarence Nah, General Manager and Resident Consultant, Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd

Clarence Nah

Clarence Nah is the GM & Resident Consultant with AFC and since 2002, has been instrumental in enhancing franchising and management capabilities of  several hundred companies, across diverse industries in Singapore and Asia Pacific.

He is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), awarded by the International Franchise Association from Washington D.C. USA. In 2006, he received his Certified Management Consultant accreditation conferred by the Institute of Management, Consultants (Singapore). In 2008, Clarence was among the first batch of graduates to obtain the Practicing Management Consultant certification under the Singapore PMC Accreditation. In 2013, he was conferred the Senior Practicing Management Consultant title in recognition of his contributions to the consulting practice. In 2016, Clarence attained the Senior PMC-IP Management Certification for his domain knowledge and achievements in Intellectual Property specialisation. 

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Ms Christine Cheung, Consulting Director, Asiawide Franchise Consultants Pte Ltd

Christine Cheung

Christine Cheung has been working with AFC since 2004. She has over 20 years of experience in Franchise & License Development Consulting; Intellectual Property Management; IP and Operations Audit as well as Productivity Improvement. She has helped numerous businesses locally and regionally to attain franchise capability and improve management competence. 

Christine has been a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) awarded by the International Franchise Association based in Washington D.C. USA.  

She was conferred the Practicing Management Consultant (PMC) and Senior Practicing Management Consultant (SPMC) by the PMC Accreditation Board. Christine also attained the PMC-IP Management Certification. 

Christine obtained the Advanced Certificate of Training and Assessment (ACTA) conferred by IAC. Christine is a Certified Productivity Consultant (CPC). This is jointly awarded by Singapore Productivity Centre and Japan Productivity Centre.  

She holds a Diploma in Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Diploma in Teaching in Pre-School Education, accredited by MOE and MCYS. 

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Mr Robin Yeo, Regional Manager and Senior Consultant, FT Consulting Pte Ltd 

Robin Yeo

As Senior Consultant in FT Consulting, Robin provides strategic and operational insights into franchising, business planning, intellectual property management, strategy development, marketing and HR management across various industries including education, food and beverage, hospitality, logistics, retail, services and technology. In his role as Regional Manager in FT Consulting, he is responsible for developing the company’s business in overseas markets.

In his previous position as Deputy Director of Corporate Marketing in SingTel, Asia’s leading communications group, Robin was responsible for marketing of a comprehensive range of international telephone services to corporate customers and resellers. He helped SingTel maintain its majority market share in the corporate IDD market in the face of aggressive and intense competition.

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Ms Kiran Dharsan Seiter, Managing Partner, Seiter IP Consultants LLP 


Kiran is the Managing Partner of Seiter IP Consultants LLP, an IP boutique firm, providing trademark and other Intellectual Property services in Singapore and throughout Southeast Asia. 

With over 15 years of experience in the IP field, Kiran has advised international and Singapore clients from various industries, mainly SMEs and start-ups, on a wide range of IP issues.  

She is hands-on and is readily available to discuss her clients’ IP concerns with her clients, collaborating with them to develop customised out-of-the-box solutions where required. She also helps to devise customised IP Strategies for small businesses who cannot afford to have their very own IP lawyer within the company.   

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Dr Sandy Chong, Director / Principal Consultant, Verity Consulting Pte Ltd

Sandy Chong

A Harvard Alumna and Principal of Verity Consulting, Dr Sandy Chong is the winner of 2020 USA Stevie® International Business Awards for Executive of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year, 2019 Asia's Top Sustainability Women of the Year, and 2016 Singapore Management Consultant of the Year.  With over 15 years of experience leading international expansion, corporate branding and strategic alliance projects worldwide, Sandy’s mission is to help clients succeed in new markets, improve growth capacity and elevate positioning for overseas growth. To date, Sandy has assisted over two hundred businesses and advised international MNCs such as American Express, Yahoo!, Sun Microsystems, and Apple. She serves on boards in Silicon Valley, Singapore and Australia, and is appointed the Global Ambassador for the Inspiring Rarebirds, International Mentor for Cherie Blair’s Foundation for Women, and Chair of the ASEAN Alliance in Australia to promote trade and investment in the region.

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IP Legal Clinics

IPOS also runs IP Legal Clinics where we link local businesses and individuals facing or thinking of initiating IP infringement or opposition matters with our panel of professional lawyers. This is intended to offer them preliminary advice so that they have an overview of the legal options available to them. Each session is 45-minutes long and participants are required to pay a fee directly to the law firm which will be reimbursed fully by IPOS.      

The professional IP lawyers currently on our panel of IP Leg
al Clinic are: 

Mr Chua Shang Li, Partner, Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

Chua Shang Li

Chua Shang Li is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice at Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP.

Shang Li manages the intellectual property portfolios of both local and international clients, and undertakes advisory work related to trade marks, passing off, copyright and industrial designs, including clearance searches, filing, prosecution, maintenance and commercialisation of rights.

He also actively represents clients in the protection and enforcement of their rights and regularly undertakes opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and the Courts.

Shang Li graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2005 with an LL.B (Hons.). He was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2007. 

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Mr Max Ng, Managing Director, Gateway Law Corporation

Max Ng

Max is a senior legal practitioner in the field of Intellectual Property Law. He has represented clients in proceedings before the Registry, the Singapore High Court and the Court of Appeal. 

He is listed as a leading lawyer in his field in numerous publications including the Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific, Who's Who Legal and Benchmark Litigation. He is also the lead author of the book “Intellectual Property”, by Lexis Nexis. 

Max is a fellow with the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolutions, accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre, associate mediator under the Law Society’s Mediation Scheme and sits on the Panel of Neutrals of the International Trademark Association. Max and the Gateway team also provide franchising, licensing and IP counselling advice and have assisted clients with IP portfolios across Asia and beyond.  

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Ms Constance Leong Choy Leng, Intellectual Property Lawyer / Senior Associate, Goh Phai Cheng LLC 

Constance Leong

Constance has 18+ years of post-qualification experience (PQE). She obtained her Masters in Law degree from the Queen Mary University of London and had worked at IPOS as a Legal Counsel at the Patents Registry. Prior to her law education, she obtained a double major degree in Mathematics and English from the National University of Singapore. She had represented Singapore at WIPO conferences. At the Singapore Management University, she role-plays as Guest Judge at practice session to coach the students for the Annual Oxford International Intellectual Property Law Moot Competition. At the Singapore Institute of Legal Education, she tutors law graduates for the Bar Exams. Constance is also a published writer on IP issues on platforms including the IPKat (a UK blog with 20 million page-views) and the Singapore Law Gazette. 

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Ms Teresa O’Connor, Director, Infinitus Law Corporation 

Teresa O’Connor

Teresa O’Connor is a law graduate of Singapore University and has worked exclusively in the field of Intellectual Property since 1982.

She has assisted a wide range of clients including a numerous small and medium enterprises in Singapore. Her international clients comprise large multinational corporations as well as professional firms from all over the globe.  

Teresa’s main interest lies in complex trade mark matters and in advising local clients on trade mark and copyright protection strategies on a regional and international basis.  

With her extensive experience, she is able to advise on a wide range of issues including protection of marks in Singapore and overseas, oppositions, revocations and invalidations, as well as Madrid Protocol filings.  

Teresa is a member of professional associations including the International Trade Mark Association (INTA) since 1991, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) since 1992, and the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI), Singapore Group. 

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Mr Alvin  Lim, Partner, Ravindran Associates LLP

Alvin  Lim

Alvin is a partner of Ravindran Associates LLP.  An Intellectual Property specialist since 2007, he was recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of intellectual property in the 2017 and 2018 editions of AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, and as a Patent Star in the 2019/20 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars. 

Alvin’s main areas of practice include: 

(1) IP Litigation and enforcement where he regularly acts for clients in patent, trademark, copyright, confidential information and trade secrets disputes covering a wide range of industries and technologies including life sciences,
telecommunications, IT, electronics, food and beverage, fashion and design and semiconductors; 

(2)  Advising clients in all aspects of aspects of IP acquisition, management, and commercialisation;

(3)  Management of client’s IP portfolios, including trademark registration and prosecution;

(4)  Conducting IP audits; and advising clients on regulatory law and compliance in respect of data privacy, medical, advertising and fintech laws. 

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