IPOS Welcomes Dr. Ming Tan as Managing Director of IPOS International

Singapore, 2 January 2020 – The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ming Tan (陈淑明) as Managing Director (行政董事)of its new subsidiary, IPOS International.

In her role, Ming will direct the strategic growth and oversee all operations at IPOS International, which houses over 100 intellectual property (IP) experts in areas such as IP strategy and management, patent search and analysis, and IP education and training. IPOS International was launched in August 2019 to support both private and public enterprises in their innovation journey. Ming brings extensive experience in bridging and delivering successful public-private partnerships to IPOS International.

Ming was previously Head of Stewardship of the COMO Group, a Singaporean portfolio of lifestyle companies operating in 14 countries worldwide. Her responsibilities spanned philanthropy, sustainability, brand and new business development, data protection, and corporate affairs, with a shared focus on common vision, brand integrity, stakeholder engagement and long-term value creation. 

In addition, she serves on the boards of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore's national performing arts centre and St Joseph’s Institution (International). A Rhodes scholar representing Singapore, Ming earned her doctorate from the University of Oxford, and her bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University.

On joining IPOS International, Ming says: “A vibrant economy depends on ideas and innovation. I’m excited to join a team deeply committed to cultivating both within Singapore and the wider region – an effort that requires partnership across and beyond government. IPOS International brings technical expertise and experience to serve the entire ecosystem – from individuals to multinational corporations – to encourage the development, protection and commercialisation of their intellectual property and intangible assets.”

Mr. Daren Tang (邓鸿森), Chairman of IPOS International (新加坡知识产权国际事务机构主席) adds: “We are thrilled to welcome Ming to IPOS International. Her leadership skills, wide and varied experiences in the private sector as well as her commitment to philanthropy and social causes put her in an excellent position to lead IPOS International. I am fully confident that under her stewardship, IPOS International will become an even more critical part of IPOS’s plans to develop a vibrant innovation ecosystem, grow intangible asset-rich companies, and deliver value from global innovation flows.”

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About IPOS

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is a government agency under the Ministry of Law. Our mission is to use our intellectual property (IP) expertise and networks to drive Singapore’s future growth, and build Singapore into a hub where innovative enterprises use IP and intangible assets to grow. More information on IPOS can be found at www.ipos.gov.sg.

About IPOS International

IPOS International is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), housing over 100 IP experts in areas such as IP strategy and management, patent search and analysis, and IP education and training.  As the expertise and enterprise engagement arm of IPOS, our focus is on helping enterprises and industries use IP and intangible assets for business growth. Our ambition is to be the international Centre of Excellence for intangible assets, anchoring Singapore as a hub for global innovation flows. We aim to use our expertise, partnerships and networks in the innovation ecosystem worldwide to bridge possibilities for intangible asset-rich enterprises and industries seeking to grow.

IPOS Press Contact    

Benjamin Tan | +65 6331 6560 | benjamin_tan@ipos.gov.sg

Rachel Tan | +65 6331 6543 | rachel.tan@iposinternational.com