Singapore offers one of the world’s most robust regimes for the protection of intangible assets and intellectual property (IA/IP). There is a wide range of options available for IP disputes.

Why Resolve IP Disputes in Singapore

Efficiency, economy and innovation are the hallmarks of dispute resolution in Singapore. In a business environment of increasing complexity and uncertainty, Singapore stands out as a trusted and safe venue for dispute resolution.

8 Reasons to Choose Singapore


Trusted Legal System


Respected Judiciary


World-class Legal Expertise


State-of-the-art Infrastructure


Global Connectivity


Pro-business Environment


World-leading Dispute Resolution Institutions


Cost Efficient

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1. International IP Disputes Can Be Heard by Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)

    The SICC is designed to deal with international commercial disputes, including in personam IP disputes. The SICC adopts international best practices for commercial disputes. Its procedures are flexible and may be tailored to suit parties’ preferences.

2. Specialist International Judges

    The SICC has experienced specialist International Judges who are well placed to adjudicate IP and technology disputes.

3. Specialist IP Court for IP / IT Disputes

4. IP Court Guide Customised for IP / IT Disputes

    The IP Court Guide encapsulates the IP Court’s case management features and specialist practices.

1. Most Preferred Seat in the World

2. IP Disputes are Arbitrable

    This has been clarified in the International Arbitration Act and Arbitration Act in Singapore through the Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Act 2019.

3. Arbitral Awards are Enforceable in Over 170 Countries

    Singapore is a party to the 1958 New York Convention (on recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards). This means that an arbitral award made in Singapore is enforceable in more than 170 countries worldwide.

4. Premier International Arbitration Services

1. Premier International Mediation Services

  • The Singapore International Mediation Centre (SIMC) offers professional dispute resolution services tailored to the evolving needs of businesses. It includes a panel of highly experienced and effective local and international mediators with IP expertise.
  • The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO Center) is international and specialises in IP and technology disputes. It has sited its only office outside Geneva in Singapore and has more than 2000 neutrals from over 90 jurisdictions on its panel.

2. Arb-Med-Arb Protocol

    The SIAC-SIMC Arb-Med-Arb Protocol is a unique hybrid process where parties attempt mediation after the commencement of arbitration proceedings. The parties’ mediated settlement agreement may be converted into a consent arbitral award that is enforceable worldwide under the New York Convention.

3. Singapore Convention on Mediation

  • The Singapore Convention on Mediation (“the SCM”) entered into force on 12 September 2020. Singapore is a party to the SCM and has enacted the Singapore Convention on Mediation Act 2020 (“the Act”) to implement its obligations under the SCM.
  • The Singapore courts can therefore efficiently enforce an international commercial settlement agreement resulting from mediation, or allow such an agreement to be invoked, once the conditions and requirements under the Act are met.

4. Professional Standards

    The Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) is a professional standard-setting and credentialing body which supports Singapore’s mediation capabilities. Affiliated with the International Mediation Institute, SIMI promotes best mediation practices and high mediator competency standards.

Insights on IP Dispute Resolution in Singapore

Conducted by the Intellectual Property Students Association ("IPSA"), this series of interviews with key figures in Singapore's IP dispute resolution highlight the efforts and strategies to strengthen Singapore's position as an IP dispute resolution hub.

The interviews are published on “Juris Illuminae”, an online publication by the Singapore Law Review.

Dispute Resolution Institutions

Find out more about these dispute resolution institutions at the links below:

1.     Singapore International Commercial Court

2.     Singapore International Arbitration Centre

3.     Singapore International Mediation Centre

4.     Singapore Mediation Centre

5.     Maxwell Chambers

6.     World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center

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