Tuesday, April 03, 2012

IP Academy restructured as subsidiary of IPOS

SINGAPORE: With effect from April 2012, the IP Academy (IPA) will become a subsidiary of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).

IPA is a national agency responsible for deepening and broadening Singapore's knowledge and capabilities in intellectual property protection, exploitation and management.

A statement from IPOS said the strategic alignment is part of a wider plan to build world-class intellectual property capabilities and infrastructure in order to anchor Singapore as an IP hub of Asia.

Established in January 2003, the IPA provides executive IP education for professionals, businesses and public agencies, as well as a range of IP thought-leadership programmes to look into IP and related areas.

With the alignment, there will be greater synergies between IPOS and IPA in expanding the scope of intellectual property training provided, bridging gaps and ensuring continuing education for intellectual property professionals, businesses and research organisations in Singapore and the region.

The academy will be the lead agency to train and orchestrate the building of IP expertise in Singapore.

Heading IPA's new advisory panel is Dr Stanley Lai, who is currently the head of intellectual property and technology at law firm Allen & Gledhill, as well as deputy chairman of IPOS board.

The advisory panel has strategic links to key stakeholders from the universities, practitioners and industries, and will help provide a multi-disciplinary approach and advise IPA on its strategies, curricula and programmes.

Chief Executive of IPOS and Chairman of IPA Board, Mr Tan Yih San, said: "The strategic alignment of IPOS and IPA is a positive step towards strengthening Singapore's IP capacity-building to establish Singapore as an IP Hub of Asia. It serves as the capacity-building arm of IPOS to provide IP professionals with the technical know-how and expertise as well as position Singapore as a thought leader in IP matters.

"Moving forward, IPA will be working closely with the industry, local universities and international IP institutes to offer more specialised programmes and provide quality skill sets to meet market demand in the region."

- CNA/fa

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Source From Channel News Asia

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