World IP Day 2021

World IP Day 2021

Celebrated by over 190 member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World IP Day (WIPD) is an annual event to honour the role of IP in encouraging innovation and creativity. Themed “IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market”, this year’s WIPD looks at how IP assets can drive business development, economic recovery and human progress. 

You are invited to join us for the WIPD virtual celebration on 26 April, 10:10am – 11:30am*, which will see the launch of the Singapore IP Strategy (SIPS) 2030 by Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development, and Mr Edwin Tong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law. Find out how SIPS 2030 can support greater economic growth through intangible assets and IP.

*Zoom webinar will be open at 10am.


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10:10am - 10:30am

Opening Address by Guest-of-Honour
Ms Indranee Rajah
Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for National Development
In Conversation with Mr Edwin Tong
Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law

Moderator: Ms Dawn Tan, Presenter, CNA

10:30am - 11:30am

Singapore IP Strategy (SIPS) 2030 Panel

The global economy is increasingly driven by innovation and technology, with Intangible Asset and Intellectual Property (IA/IP) underpinning these activities. To effectively capture the returns of our investment into innovation, the IA/IP created by enterprises and innovators has to be identified, protected, managed, valued, and commercialised. As announced during Singapore Budget 2021, the Singapore IP Strategy (SIPS) 2030 will help our businesses and workforce seize new opportunities in IA/IP and emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. SIPS 2030 aims to strengthen Singapore’s position as a global hub for IA/IP, attract and grow innovative enterprises using IA/IP, and develop good jobs and valuable skills in IA/IP. Addressing the key themes of SIPS 2030, this panel will examine how our efficacy in harnessing IA/IP may contribute to Singapore’s future growth.

Singapore IP Strategy (SIPS) 2030 Panel Speakers

Ms Dawn Tan

Ms Dawn Tan
Presenter, CNA 

Mr Lam Yi Young

Mr Lam Yi Young
CEO, Singapore Business Federation

Mrs Lim Hwee Hua

Mrs Lim Hwee Hua
Board Trustee, International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC)

Dr Tan Siang Hee

Dr Tan Siang Hee
Executive Director, CropLife Asia

Mr Jeffrey Tiong

Mr Jeffrey Tiong
Founder & CEO, PatSnap

More about Ms Dawn Tan

Ms Dawn Tan co-hosts Asia Tonight and Singapore Tonight, CNA's flagship primetime local news programme, and Money Mind, a weekly feature on personal finance. In her years with the channel, Dawn has anchored coverage of key national events including a LIVE interview show with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Ask the Prime Minister in 2014.

She also co-anchored Singapore's General Elections results coverage in 2015 and 2020. Dawn also helmed CNA's LIVE coverage of the Swearing-In Ceremony for Singapore's 8th President in 2017.

More about Mr Lam Yi Young

Mr Lam Yi Young is Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), the apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community in the areas of trade, investment and industrial relations. SBF represents more than 26,000 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers.

Prior to joining SBF in Jul 2020, Yi Young spent 24 years in the Singapore Civil Service, including 11 years in Senior Public Sector Leadership positions like Deputy Secretary (Industry) in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Education, and Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

Yi Young sits on the boards of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, Global Compact Network Singapore, SBF Foundation, SIM People Development Fund Limited, SBF Holdings Pte Ltd and SBF Connect Pte Ltd, and is a member of the Donor Relations Committee of the Community Foundation of Singapore. He also previously served on the boards of various statutory boards, companies, real estate investment trust, universities, research institutes, charities and clubs and societies.

Yi Young has a Master of Arts in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

More about Mrs Lim Hwee Hua

Lim Hwee Hua was first elected to Parliament in December 1996 and served till May 2011, last as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, and concurrently as Second Minister for Finance and for Transport. Between 2002 and 2004, she was Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

Prior to joining the Singapore Cabinet, Lim Hwee Hua enjoyed a varied career with international financial institutions. At Temasek Holdings, she oversaw divestments, sat on boards, restructured companies and established strategic relations with key foreign counterparts.

Lim Hwee Hua graduated with a Master of Arts (Honours) in Mathematics/Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1981. In 1989, she obtained a Master of Business Administration, major in Finance, from the Anderson School of Management, University of California at Los Angeles.

Lim Hwee Hua is currently engaged in private equity (Tembusu Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts), financial services (United Overseas Bank, AsiaPacific Exchange), maritime services (Bergesen Worldwide Group), is a Board Trustee of the International Valuation Standards Council, sits on a few other boards and is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow of National University of Singapore at both the Business School and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Between 2011 and 2014, she served on the Ernst & Young Global Advisory Council.

Lim Hwee Hua authored the publication “Government in Business – Friend or Foe” in 2014. This has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

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More about Dr Tan Siang Hee

Dr. Tan is currently Executive Director of CropLife Asia, the Asian operation of an international trade association with a presence in 91 countries. At CropLife Asia, he is responsible for directing Regulatory Affairs, Intellectual Property Rights, Crop Protection, Seeds and Biotechnology and Advocacy & Outreach programmes in 15 Asian countries. Also is involved in various UN agendas including "The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. 

His other professional experience includes establishing the University of Putra Malaysia’s (UPM) Genome Centre, and management of two startup ventures developing bioinformatics software and prenatal genetic testing. Additionally, at Sime Darby, he was responsible for: establishing the biotechnology section for the Sime Darby Technology Centre; project managing the Northern Corridor Economic Region Project (NCER) on large-scale farming; and developing an agri-entrepreneur program. He was also the CEO of HLH-Agri International Pte Ltd, managing a large-scale corn plantation (Indonesia & Cambodia) and agri-tainment park (Singapore) while also overseeing maize processing (China) and commodity trading (Global).

Dr. Tan holds a BSc in Plant Pathology from the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, an MSc in Genetic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia and a PhD in Molecular Biology (Plant Virus) from Okayama University in Japan. Professional recognition includes a Silver Award at the 2005 Geneva International Exhibitions & Inventions of New Techniques and Products, UPM awards for Research and Development, and a US Government Cochran Fellowship holder for biological research at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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More about Mr Jeffrey Tiong

Jeffrey Tiong is the founder and CEO of PatSnap, a world leading connected innovation intelligence platform. Under his leadership, PatSnap is the solution of choice for more than 10,000 customers in 50 countries, enabling them to access market, technology, and competitive intelligence as well as patent insights to take products from ideation to commercialization. PatSnap is backed by world class investors such as Sequoia, Softbank Vision, Vertex, Tencent, and Shunwei.

Jeffrey’s passion for R&D and desire to enable companies to innovate smarter and faster inspired him to launch PatSnap in 2007. The idea for PatSnap was sparked during Jeffry’s university internship, where he worked for a medical device start-up in the United States. Tasked with conducting patent research on the company’s product, he witnessed first-hand how a data-driven IP strategy and research can help create innovative products that impact lives. He started PatSnap with a simple vision: democratize patent data to enable better and more efficient research that fuels innovation. Since its inception, PatSnap has played an instrumental role in enabling market-leading organizations to innovate faster than their competitors, protect and advance their IP positions, increase R&D efficiency, and anticipate opportunities across different industries.

Highly regarded as an outstanding “technopreneur” and innovator, Jeffrey was awarded the SCS IT Leaders Award in 2019, Ernst &Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Singapore) in 2018, and was featured on the Peak Power List in 2017. The Singapore native spends most of his time traveling around the world.

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WIPD Celebratory Activities

We also invite you to join us for a series of virtual events, organised by IPOS and our partners in conjunction with WIPD, which will be held in the coming month. 

Event  Date/Time 

Avoiding Intellectual Property (IP) Pitfalls and Utilizing Patent Analytics for Startup Growth

Learn how to avoid possible IP pitfalls that startups in Southeast Asia might face, and how to use patent analytics to determine growth strategies.

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22 April, Thursday

2:00pm – 3:30pm

WIPO Singapore Office Seminar

Theme: Interface between IP offices and SMEs

Hear leading IP Offices and other distinguished speakers bring in new perspectives on IP and its relevance to SMEs.

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26 April, Monday

4:00pm – 6:00pm

How to Protect Your Intellectual Property: For SMEs in the Digital Space

Learn from the experts on how to secure your intellectual property rights and successfully bring your business abroad.

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27 April, Tuesday

9:00am – 10:30am

Resolving IP and Technology disputes through WIPO Mediation

Learn how WIPO Mediation can help resolve your IP and tech disputes as mediator, Mr Zech Chan, Partner at Lee & Lee, and representatives from WIPO and IPOS share their experience and perspectives.

Find out more from this summary of the webinar, and through the presentation slides and video recording of the session.

27 April, Tuesday

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Singapore IP Strategy Series: Reporting Intangible Assets for Business Growth

Find out what steps can Singapore take to better support “IP rich” businesses in reporting their IA for business growth and capital raising.

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20 May, Thursday

4:00pm – 5:00pm

By invitation only

Exchange on Hague Operations for ASEAN IP Offices

27 – 28 April, Tuesday & Wednesday

2:00pm – 4:30pm

12th Community of Practice on IP Management for Singapore public agencies

28 April, Wednesday

9:30am – 10:30am

Legal Roundtable on Trade Secrets 

20 April, Tuesday

10:00am – 11:30am

30 April, Friday

10:00am – 12:00pm

All dates and timings reflected are in Singapore time zone.


For further enquiries about the event, please email