Intellectual Property office head honcho named Trademark Personality of the Year

Singapore, 15 December 2017 – Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Mr Daren Tang has been named one of the “Trademark Personalities of the Year” by established trade publication, World Trademark Review (WTR) for leading and promoting innovation at IPOS, and defining its role as an innovation agency in today’s global innovation economy. Nine other individuals and entities also received the accolade, including Alibaba Group’s Founder and Executive Chairman, Mr Jack Ma, and Velcro Companies.

Since assuming the role of Chief Executive in 2015, Mr Tang has instituted a transformation at IPOS to move beyond its regulatory role to become an innovation agency. IPOS is now deploying its deep IP expertise and networks to catalyse enterprise growth of IP-intensive companies and help them take their ideas to the market. Under the updated IP Hub Master Plan, the agency is working towards a robust IP regime and vibrant ecosystem where entrepreneurs and enterprises from anywhere in the world can anchor their ideas and innovation here, and commercialise them. This will invigorate the economy and create greater economic and social value for Singapore.

Commenting on his work as an IP office innovator, Mr Tang said, “The CFE report has provided a vision of our future economy centred around innovation and internationalisation. To realise and execute our CFE vision, IPOS has evolved beyond being an IP Registry to becoming an innovation agency. We will continue taking steps to help IP-rich companies from anywhere in the world use Singapore as a base to commercialise their intangible assets into products and services, scale up and internationalise. We will build Singapore’s innovation ecosystem and connect our country to other global innovation centres, and work with our partners to make our CFE vision a reality.”

WTR is the world’s only independent daily news and information service dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private IP practitioners internationally. WTR’s Trademark Personalities of the Year identifies outstanding professionals or companies that have made a significant impact in the global IP and trademark space by influencing public dialogue or raising the profile of trademarks.


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