The Future Leaders in INnovation Transformation (FLINT) programme launched by IPOS is intended to nurture the next generation of Intellectual Property (IP)-savvy youths. It aims to increase the awareness and promote the utilisation of IP by young innovators and entrepreneurial students. 

IP is everywhere - an invention with great commercial potential; a catchy brand name; an original work and even an innovative design. IP plays a central role in innovation and entrepreneurship especially in today’s knowledge-driven and competitive business environment. It is one of the most important assets for start-ups/businesses and the world’s most profitable companies are those which have successfully harnessed their IPs.

Wish to find out more about the IPOS FLINT programme and how you can collaborate with us? You may write to us at ipos_enquiry@ipos.gov.sg with “IPOS FLINT” in the subject header. We will be happy to arrange for a discussion to understand your needs.

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Engagement with IHLs

Since the launch of FLINT on IP Week 2019, IPOS has received more than 400 students from various tertiary institutions including SMU, TP, SUTD, SIT and RP who attended the FLINT workshops. The participants have reflected positively on the refreshing story-telling mode of presentation, and the interactive engagement with the presenters.

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Pre-launch: FLINT’s inaugural workshop at RP
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Workshop at SIT: prizes are up for grabs too

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Cosy session at SUTD

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Sharing & learning at TP

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Story-telling session with SMU students


IPOS FLINT Graduate

5 candidates from NUS became our first batch of IPOS FLINT Graduates, having shared their views on IP-related matters/news online and passed the online exam for the “DL-101 General Course on Intellectual Property” program administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). As IPOS FLINT graduates, the students will gain complimentary access to an advanced IP course organized by IP Academy and the funds to organize IP-related event in school.

Interested to gain access to funds for organizing IP-related activities or to attend complimentary advanced IP courses? Please refer to the page on “Further education/funding” for the criteria to qualify.


What the Graduates Say about the FLINT Programme:


“FLINT initiative’s vision and efforts to empower youths with knowledge on intellectual property ("IP") and intangible assets ("IA") is critical in this era of rapid digital transformation!

It complements other initiatives relating to IP and IA such as the joint "IPOS-IPKat Initiative” (project managed by IPSA in collaboration with the FLINT team where university students are encouraged to publish IP-related articles on an international platform) and the Code for Fun Enrichment Programme (offered jointly by IMDA and MOE where primary school students are taught computational thinking and coding concepts).”
                                                                                                                                                                                         Hong Qibin, NUS


“It was a privilege to be part of the FLINT programme. The FLINT programme, along with the joint IPOS-IPKat initiative, helped to build upon what I learnt in school and opened my eyes to novel types of IP rights, like Traditional Knowledge that preserves indigenous culture. Through the FLINT programme, students get to go beyond the textbooks and heighten their appreciation of IP issues around the world, all within a thought-provoking and engaging programme.”      
                                                                                                                                                                              Jacqueline Gwee, NUS


“The FLINT programme is a great opportunity to learn more about IP law beyond law school. The WIPO Distance Learning course is a good opportunity for law students to learn more about IP law beyond the Singapore context and also touches on topics that may not be emphasized in school. The joint IPOS-IPKat initiative also allows law students to begin contributing articles on Singapore IP law cases. I would encourage those that are interested in this area to join the FLINT programme.”
                                                                                                                                                                                            Denise Ee, NUS


“Intellectual property (“IP”) has been becoming essential for innovation and progress, and FLINT Initiative represents a purposeful opportunity for the students of today and managers of tomorrow!

FLINT Initiative is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the understanding of how IP is crucial to spur innovation. Young IP students will benefit from this precious initiative and from the contact with presenters and IP experts. The FLINT journey will surely give them a step ahead!”  
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“Issues relating to intellectual property (“IP”) are increasingly relevant in today’s corporate climate, and knowledge in such issues will be essential in protecting the interests of creators, innovators, and consumers.

The FLINT Initiative launched by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (“IPOS”) is an effective way for youths to be aware of how to manage issues relating to IP. Through the interactive workshops which include practical case studies faced by real businesses, participants will be able to grasp the IP concepts with ease and to learn how to apply what they have learnt in real life. The experience gained after the completion of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Distance Learning course and the advanced IP course organised by IP Academy will also stand the participants of the FLINT Initiative in good stead regardless of the industry they work for in future.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lenon Ong, NUS

IP Week @ SG 2020

IP Week @ SG 2020

At the 1st year milestone of the IPOS FLINT programme at IP Week @ SG 2020, our speaker shared how participants benefitted from the programme by gaining understanding of the fundamentals of IP, their application as well as getting extended learning and funding opportunities offered by FLINT. 

Our guests from the National University of Singapore’s Intellectual Property Student’s Association (NUS IPSA) also shared on the importance of IP education, an overview of key institutions and policy developments in the IP space in Singapore as well as how their members have benefitted from the FLINT programme.

Hear more about the IPOS FLINT programme at this recorded webinar: https://youtu.be/7C9PaiB34LA

Launch at IP Week @ SG 2019

FLINT is officially launched! 

A huge shout-out to the more than 100 students and representatives from the various tertiary institutions who have made our launch a success.

We hope that you have enjoyed our story-telling workshop and have taken away some practical information about intellectual property.

Here’s a snapshot of our launch on 28 August at IP Week @ SG 2019:

IP Week @ SG 2019

 Great turnout and support from the community!


Get Sponsored for Further Education at IP Academy

We invite interested students to continue their IP learning journey with us after attending our FLINT workshop. You may gain complimentary access to attend a half-day advanced IP course organized by IP Academy, an education and training arm of IPOS, if you complete the following:

1) share your written reflection about IP after attending our FLINT workshop or on IP-related matters/news on social media (with the hashtag #iposflint in your social media post);

and 

2)  complete and pass the online exam for the “DL-101 General Course on Intellectual Property” program administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). More information on the course such as the registration, course and exam schedules may be found at the link provided.

Once you have completed the above, please write to us at ipos_enquiry@ipos.gov.sg. Your email should include “FLINT” in the subject with a copy of your social media post and e-certificate from WIPO. We will get in touch with you if you have qualified for the IP course.

Complimentary access to the IP course is subject to availability, so get started on your IP learning journey with us today!

Student Funding Support for Organizing IP-related Events

Interested in organizing an IP-related event for your fellow schoolmates? We’d love to hear about it. The FLINT initiative also provides financial support for the organization of such events.

Please submit your proposal for the event and we will assess the amount of funding to be given. For more information, please contact us at ipos_enquiry@ipos.gov.sg.