10th Developments in IP Law Series (Trade Marks / Passing Off)

Stay current on the latest IP law developments in Singapore and the UK with this flagship programme for IP professionals. Where relevant, developments in the EU, US, and Australia are also discussed in this series, which typically runs in the first quarter of the year.

Get important updates on the four main domains of IP in four half-day sessions across January and February 2023: Copyright, Patents, Trade Marks / Passing Off and Breach of Confidence / Privacy and Data Protection.

Like its previous sell-out editions, this 10th edition returns with a line-up of prestigious speakers, comprising distinguished academics, experienced practitioners, industry representatives, and representatives from the public sector. Anyone with an interest in IP will benefit greatly from this programme.

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Learning Objectives

Participants will be kept updated with latest developments on the four main domains of IP in four half-day sessions on:
Trade Marks / Passing Off
Breach of Confidence / Privacy and Data Protection

Who Should Attend

In-House Counsels
IP Professionals
Patent Agents
Professionals who wish to stay updated on the latest IP law developments in Singapore, the UK and around the world
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Programme Schedule

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2.00 – 2.05pm

Kok Kitt-Wai (MD, IPOS International)


Opening/Welcome Address

2.05 – 2.10pm

Professor David Tan (Head (Intellectual Property), EW Barker Centre for Law & Business, NUS Law)

 Opening/Welcome Address

2.10 – 2.20pm

Mark Lim (Director/Chief Legal Counsel, Hearings & Mediation Department, IPOS; Senior Faculty, IPOS International)

Updates on proceedings before IPOS in the year 2022 / IPOS Statistics

2.20 – 3.20pm


Professor David Llewelyn (Managing Director, David Llewelyn & Co LLC)

Developments in the law of trade marks/passing off (Singapore) in the year 2022

3.20 – 3.40pm

Professor David Tan (Head (Intellectual Property), EW Barker Centre for Law & Business, NUS Law)

Developments in the law of trade marks/passing off (US) in the year 2022

3.40 – 4.10pm



4.10 – 5.10pm

Justice James Mellor (Judge, High Court of England & Wales)(speaking remotely)

Developments in the law of trade marks/passing off (UK/EU) in the year 2022

5.10 – 5.40pm

Panel Discussion – all speakers, moderated by Paul McClelland (Head of Legal, IPOS International)

02 Feb
02 Feb
Trade Marks / Passing Off
02:00 pm - 05:40 pm
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre
Mark Lim
Director/Chief Legal Counsel; Senior Faculty, IPOS International

Mark is a Director and Chief Legal Counsel at IPOS (The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore), where he heads the Hearings & Mediation Department.

He has more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property law. Prior to joining IPOS in 2010, Mark was a lawyer in private practice for 15 years. His work encompasses all areas of intellectual property (“IP”) law. He also has experience in international arbitration proceedings.

Mark is regularly consulted on IP matters by various government agencies and invited to speak at both national and international IP conferences. At IPOS International/ IP Academy (a wholly-owned subsidiary of IPOS), Mark oversees the development and curation of training programmes in the area of IP law for the legal community and IP professionals, as well as the public sector in Singapore.

Mark has published many articles in both local and international law journals. He is a co-author of the chapter on Copyright in Halsbury's Laws of Singapore: Volume 13(3) - Intellectual property (2007 & 2018 Reissue, Lexis-Nexis, Singapore).

Mark is an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He is the Course Convenor for a pioneering course on the Arbitration of IP Disputes. He also co-teaches the module on Foundations of IP Law, where he covers the section on patents. He is also currently the Subject Coordinator for the IP Module for the Singapore Institute of Legal Education’s course for trainee lawyers.

Professor David Llewelyn
Managing Director

David Llewelyn is a practising lawyer, academic and arbitrator. He is Managing Director of David Llewelyn & Co LLC; Professor(Practice) at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and Professor of Intellectual Property Law at King’s College London; and sits as an arbitrator in international commercial disputes.

He is an IP Adjudicator at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and joint author of Kerly's Law of Trade Marks & TradeNames (16th ed., 2018; Supplement, 2020) and Cornish, Llewelyn & Aplin: Intellectual Property (9th ed., 2019), as well as Cases, Materials and Commentary on Singapore Intellectual Property Law (2018) and business book Invisible Gold in Asia: Creating Wealth through Intellectual Property (2010).

EW Barker Centre for Law & Business, NUS Law
Professor David Tan
Head (Intellectual Property)

Professor David Tan holds a PhD from Melbourne Law School, a LLM from Harvard, and graduated with a LLB (First ClassHonours)/BCom from the University of Melbourne. He has taught as a visitor at Melbourne Law School, Center for Transnational Legal Studies at King's College London, University of Tokyo and University of Hong Kong.

David was formerly with the Singapore Administrative Service, serving as Director of Sports at Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports (MCYS) and Director of International Talent at Ministry of Manpower (MOM). In the area of law, he has published in a diverse range of journals such as the Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Yale Journal of International Law, Law Quarterly Review, Media & Arts Law Review, Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, and Australian Intellectual Property Journal. In 2017, David published his monograph The Commercial Appropriation of Fame: A Cultural Analysis of the Right of Publicity & Passing Off on celebrity personality rights published by Cambridge University Press.

Since joining NUS Law in 2008, he has published over 60 articles, book chapters and case comments, and his works have been cited on numerous occasions by the Supreme Court of Singapore.

High Court of England & Wales
Justice James Mellor

Justice James Mellor was called to the Bar in 1986, having emerged from two periods at King’s College, Cambridge studying Engineering and then Law (1st). As an engineer, he worked in the UK and many countries abroad.

James has a wide-ranging practice covering all areas of IP but also contract cases with an IP or technical element. He is comfortable in all areas of technology and all tribunals. He has significant experience in the CJEU and some in General Court proceedings.

Paul McClelland
Head of Legal

Paul McClelland specialises in intellectual property law and commercial dispute resolution. Before joining IPOS International Pte Ltd, Paul was sole corporate counsel for a well-known Singaporean brand, where he was responsible for a broad range of commercial matters, including worldwide trademark registrations and oppositions, management of external counsel, contract review, and training.

He has experience working in private practice for both Singapore and Scottish law firms. His practice focused on intellectual property and commercial arbitration.

He also taught commercial law, intellectual property and real estate law at a Scottish university.

1 session:
  • $267.50 (incl. 7% GST)
  • (GST rate shall be revised from 7% to 8% with effect from 1 January 2023.)
2 sessions:
  • $535.00 (incl. 7% GST)  
  • (GST rate shall be revised from 7% to 8% with effect from 1 January 2023.)
3 sessions:
  • $802.50 (incl. 7% GST)  
  • (GST rate shall be revised from 7% to 8% with effect from 1 January 2023.)
4 sessions:
  • $1070.00 (incl. 7% GST)
  • (GST rate shall be revised from 7% to 8% with effect from 1 January 2023.)
SILE Accreditation
  • This programme is pending accreditation from the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE). 3 Public CPD Points per session (TBC) | Advanced | Intellectual Property
Attendance Policy
  • Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

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