Event Overview:

Date: 29 – 30 Oct 2018 (Basic), 31 Oct 2018 (Intermediate)

Time: 9am – 5.30pm (Registration starts at 9am, lunch and tea breaks are provided)

Venue: IP Academy

Fees: (inclusive of 7% GST)


Day 1 & 2:

$725 for LES Singapore members

$875 for nonmembers (inclusive of LES Singapore 2018 membership) Fees are before funding


Day 3:

$435 for LES Singapore members

$525 for nonmembers (inclusive of LES Singapore 2018 membership)


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IP Academy Singapore

51 Bras Basah Road, #01-01, Manulife Centre Singapore 189554



The Licensing Executives Society (Singapore) and IP Academy (Singapore) are pleased to present the LES SINGAPORE BASIC AND INTERMEDIATE LICENSING COURSE 2018.  The course covers aspects of the licensing of intellectual property – trademarks, copyright, patents and registered designs.  It presents a brief and lucid explanation of the various principles and procedures of licensing negotiations, including a “hands-on” scenario which will enable the participant to put into practice the lessons taught, under the supervision and assessment of the instructors.

The basic course assumes no previous knowledge of or experience in intellectual property or licensing, but at the same time it contains much materials which will be useful to the experienced licensing professional including pointers for structuring a deal.

The intermediate course assumes attendees have at least 5 years of IP transaction experience and is structured to enhance practitioners’ appreciation of the topic.

The course has been developed by licensing and intellectual property lawyers & industry members based on the accumulation of a wealth of experience in the field of licensing, franchising and technology transfer.

Speakers: Ms Sheena Jacob, Mr. Lionel Tan, Mr. Suresh Sachi, Mr. George Hwang and Ms. Sharon Chiang.



Day Time Topic(s) Speakers
Day 1 

Oct 2018 


9.00 – 10.00am a) Introduction to IP

i.          IP and economic development

ii.         Nature of IP

iii.        Different types of IP and what they protect

iv.        International systems

Sheena Jacob
b) Registrable IP – key issues to look out for:

Industrial Property – Registered Designs and

Patents  ii.          Trademarks, branding and domain names

10.00 –10.30am Tea Break
10.30am –12.30pm IP Strategy, IP and Contract Management Sheena Jacob
12.30 –1.30pm Lunch
1.30 –2.30pm a) Basic Contract Law (new element. This contextualises the clauses in the licence) George Hwang
2.30 –3.15pm b) Structure of Licence Lionel Tan
3.15 –3.45pm Tea Break
3.45 –4.30pm Structure of Licence (continue) Lionel Tan
4.30 –5.00pm Dispute resolution
5.00 –5.30pm Q&A



Day Time Topic(s) Speakers
Day 2 

Oct 2018


9.00 – 11.00am For investment and procurement Sharon Chiang
11.00 –11.30am Tea Break
11.30am –12.00pm Lecture Sharon Chiang
12.00 –1.00pm Licensing Game
1.00 –2.00pm Lunch
2.00 –3.30pm Licensing Game   Sharon Chiang George Hwang
3.30 –4.00pm Tea Break
4.00 –5.00pm Licensing Game Sharon Chiang George Hwang
5.00 –5.30pm Q&A Sharon Chiang George Hwang



Day Time Topic(s) Speakers
Day 3


– Optional

9.00 –11.00am Anatomy of Licensing Agreement Lionel Tan,

Sharon Chiang  

  11.00 –11.30am Tea Break
  11.30am –1.00pm International aspects of IP licensing

a)    Conflicts of law

b)    Parallel imports

George Hwang
  1.00 –2.00pm Lunch
  2.00 –3.00pm International aspects of IP licensing

c)     Licensee countries’ compulsory licensing

provisions (using TRIPS)

d)    ASEAN common market

George Hwang
  3.00 –3.30pm Tea Break
  3.30 –5.30pm Licensing in the academic industry Suresh Sachi


Intermediate Course – Optional

LES has specially developed an optional third day programme for participants who are interested in advancing their knowledge in licensing. This full day programme is also opened to past participants who has attended the Basic Licensing Course. For those who has not attended the Basic Licensing Course, you are required to have more than 5 years of negotiation experience. Please write in to us at janis_kam@ipacademy.com.sg before registration.


SPEAKERS’ PROFILES (in alphabetical order)

Ms. Sharon Chiang  

Assistant Director (Technology Development), Director (Biobank)

National Cancer Centre of Singapore Pte Ltd

Sharon Chiang is Assistant Director (Technology Development) and Director (Biobank) in National Cancer Centre of Singapore Pte Ltd.

Sharon has more than 20 years in healthcare and life science industry, specializing in technology transfer, legislative drafting, compliance and crossborders collaborations.

She has experience in negotiation, business planning, repositioning IP, valuing and commercializing healthcare related technologies, materials and data in private and public sectors.


Mr. George Hwang 


George Hwang LL.C

Mr. George Hwang started his own boutique practice which specializes in

Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Media related work in 2014. He has more than 15 years of experience in these topics, in practice, as inhouse counsel and in academia.

George’s practice in licensing of IP/IT spans the spectrum of industries and subject matter – from copyright in the entertainment industry, software in IT, trade marks in garment industry, patents in pharmaceutical to transfer of technology for turnkey projects in engineering industry. Whilst working in Hong Kong, he set up the regional licensing unit for a major international music company.

Besides commercial Intellectual Property, George litigates in IP/IT related matters. He has appeared in Singapore’s apex court on a “Norwich Pharmacal” order case, where the Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s decision, successfully defending the client’s, a journalist, right to keep the identity of his  sources confidential (Dorsey v World Sports Group).

George’s role as a leading practitioner in his field is validated by his appointment as Content Partner for Lexis Practical Guidance’s for IP/IT – (i) Corporate; and (ii) Advertising and Marketing. He has also been commissioned by Lexis Nexis to write the inaugural volume on Media Law for Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore.

The book, “Media Law and Policy in the Internet Age” edited by professors of Hong Kong University, where he has contributed a chapter should be published in October 2016.



Ms. Sheena Jacob

Partner and Head of IP & Technology

JurisAsia LLC

Sheena Jacob leads the IP & Tech practice at the firm and is a highly-ranked leading intellectual property (IP) and technology lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience in the IP and technology field. She works with technology companies and innovative businesses, helping them build and extract value from their global IP assets.

Sheena is qualified to practice law in Singapore, New York and England & Wales. She is also a Singapore registered patent agent. As such, she is uniquely placed to understand and assist international companies doing business in Asia.

Sheena has been identified as a leading lawyer in various publications, including Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Chambers, Asialaw, World Trademark Review and Euromoney Expert Guides.

She is the current Vice President of LES Singapore and is also on the Exco of AIPPI Singapore.


Mr. Suresh Sachi

Deputy Managing Director (Corporate & Legal)

General Counsel


Suresh Sachi joined A*STAR in April 2002. He is a qualified lawyer admitted to practice law by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Singapore and is also a qualified Patent Agent.

As the Deputy Managing Director, he oversees the corporate functions for the Agency and supporting the Research Councils and Exploit Technologies in performing the functions of Human Resources, Finance, Corporate Communications, Administration & Procurement, Infrastructure Planning & Facilities Management, and Information Systems & Technology. His role is to ensure that the Corporate Group provides value-added services to support the Agency’s R&D and other operations and that A*STAR’s resources are deployed in an efficient and integrated manner.

Suresh Sachi concurrently serves as the Agency’s General Counsel, taking charge of all legal and intellectual property matters. He is responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining A*STAR’s legal, intellectual property, risk management and compliance policies.

Clinical Trials Agreement across all public sector trial centres; streamlining and aligning public sector RIE Grant Terms & Conditions, and establishing a National IP Protocol for Singapore.

Suresh Sachi has served on a number of national committees, including the Committee on the Future Economy, the IP Hub Steering Committee, the Intellectual Capital Working Group and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) Mentorship Funding Scheme Committee.

He currently serves on the board of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore as well as the boards of several of the A*STAR research institutes. He served on the board of governors and is now an adviser at the IP Academy. Suresh Sachi is a founding member and past president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Singapore. He served for more than 10 years on the Ethics Committee of the Singapore Eye Research Institute and is now a member of the SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board.

As a specialist in intellectual property and technology transfer, Suresh Sachi is a frequent speaker at various forums, including the World Intellectual Property Organisation, Licensing Executives Society, the IP Academy, the Law Society of Singapore and the Global Forum on Intellectual Property. He is an active coach and trainer in the IP landscape in Singapore. He was named in the 2017 IAM 300 magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists (IAM 300).Suresh Sachi holds an LLB from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Fontainebleau in 2016.


Mr. Lionel Tan

Partner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Employment &

Executive Compensation, Intellectual Property

Rajah & Tann Singapore

Lionel started out his career in law as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and concurrently held the appointment of Assistant Director of the Computer Information & Systems Department of the Attorney-General’s Chambers. Since joining private practice he has been involved in various high profile commercial and criminal litigation cases and has advised clients on a wide spectrum of commercial and criminal matters.

He has a keen interest in the field of Information Technology Law, with special emphasis on the developing area of litigation practice in the Information Technology arena. He has been involved in cases dealing with Internet defamation, Internet fraud, on-line security breaches, trade secrets and misappropriation of confidential information, telecommunication regulatory issues and software implementation and website development disputes. He advises and represents clients on intellectual property matters relating to trade mark and copyright infringements. He also advises and represents clients on IP matters relating to brand protection, licensing and franchising issues. He also advises clients on compliance measures in relation to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) and is a member of the National Council of Social Services’ Workgroup for the PDPA. He regularly advises clients on responding to investigations carried out by the Personal Data Protection Commission and  his background in litigation provides unique insights on the best strategies to be adopted. He advises clients on the area of persistent threats of cyber-security breaches and how best to take legal measures to mitigate against such risks and manage liabilities.

Lionel graduated from the University of Hull, United Kingdom in 1992 with a Second Upper degree in Law. He was awarded the Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize for that year. He pursued a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford and was conferred a Bachelor of Civil Law. He has also completed the Certified IT Project Manager Assessment course conducted by the Institute of System Science.



For enquiries regarding this course, please contact the following officer(s):




Full payment is to be made to the IP Academy upon course registration.

The Organiser will refund 75% of the course fees if written notice of withdrawal is received at least 1 week before course commencement, failing which, no refund will be made.

Substitutions are welcome at any time. However, such requests must be made to the IP Academy in writing.

The Academy reserves the right of cancellation. A full refund will be given to registrants if the course is cancelled by the Academy. The Academy reserves the right to make changes to the programme



All Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above may be able to use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for or offset the course fees. Do click on this link http://www.skillsfuture.sg or call the SkillsFuture Hotline at 6883 5885 for more information on SkillsFuture Credit.

Note: Participants who are claiming SkillsFuture Credits will not be eligible for e2i funding.


e2i SUPPORT (applicable only for Basic Licensing Course – Day 1 & 2)

Programme Participants can enjoy e2i course fee support of $15/hr, capped at $225 per trainee per programme following the completion of the programme, subject to the fulfilment of the following criteria:

  • Participants are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Participants achieve at least 100% attendance for the programme
  • Participants and/or the Company do not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed

If you meet the abovementioned criteria, you will be automatically eligible for e2i support, which is based on a reimbursement basis.


UTAP SUPPORT (applicable only for Basic Licensing Course – Day 1 & 2)

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP) is an individual skill upgrading account for NTUC members. As a member, you enjoy UTAP funding at 50% of the unfunded course fee capped at $250 every year.

Members Eligibility for UTAP Application 

Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:

  1. Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  2. Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  3. Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
  4. Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  5. UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

Please apply for UTAP funding at https://www.ntuc.org.sg/wps/portal/up2/home.

For more information on UTAP, please call the NTUC Membership hotline at 6213 8008 or visit skillsupgrade.ntuc.org.sg


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