About the Singapore Office

Acting as the WIPO Service Center in ASEAN, our office is ideally located to assist ASEAN member states in the full spectrum of intellectual property (IP) topics and issues.  Each of our seven dedicated IP professionals has unique skills and experience to ensure that we can provide high quality information, assistance and customer service on all IP rights and all WIPO activities to those in the region.

Mr. Denis Croze, WIPO Singapore Office Director (Photo: WIPO)

Our activities

Our activities aim to:

  • provide forums where member states can share their views and experiences;
  • develop IP capacity in the ASEAN region;
  • encourage economic growth through increased innovation and creativity;
  • increase strategic use of the PCT, Madrid and Hague Systems;
  • enhance relationships within the region and between WIPO and member states;
  • improve understanding and respect for IP;
  • inform about the services, tools and platforms offered by WIPO;
  • assist in the implementation of the ASEAN Working Group on IP Cooperation’s IP Rights Action Plan 2016-2025;
  • provide helpful and timely customer service to regional clients and international callers routed to us when WIPO offices in Geneva are closed.

We have a training room with capacity for around 40 delegates, as well as a formal boardroom that can accommodate meetings of up to 18 participants.  We also house a large collection of WIPO publications and brochures and can arrange to have large quantities made available for events, conferences and exhibitions.  We regularly welcome visitors from across the region and would encourage you to visit our premises if in Singapore. 

History of our Office

WIPO’s member states endorsed the establishment of the WIPO Singapore Office during the fortieth series of Meetings of the Assemblies in September 2004. The Government of Singapore and WIPO then signed an agreement establishing the Office in February 2005.

Through a series of Memorandum of Understandings, first signed in June 2006, the scope of cooperation between WIPO and the Government of Singapore has been expanded to provide joint activities to promote IP awareness and build IP capabilities in developing countries and least developed countries in the region.

Each year IP offices and the Office agree on a new joint program of activities designed to assist member states in the region.

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Office in Singapore

The Singapore office opened in 2010 to promote alternative dispute resolution procedures (ADR), such as mediation and arbitration, in the region.  We offer procedural dispute resolution guidance in choosing or adjusting dispute resolution clauses and administering procedures under the WIPO Rules.  We also organize training sessions on ADR of intellectual property and technology related disputes, and facilitate communications and hearings in cases involving parties from the region under the WIPO Rules.

Find out more about the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Ms. Chiara Accornero, Associate Legal Officer (Photo: WIPO)

Cooperation

We work with partners based in Singapore and the region to raise awareness of ADR options and facilitate the settlement of IP-related disputes.  Our Singapore office specializes in the areas of information and communication technology (ICT) and film and media.

Our partners include the: