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Why are IP assets valuable to my company?
Successful businesses are leveraging IP to differentiate themselves from their competitors. IP is widely viewed as the driving force in a company for greater innovation in areas such as design, marketing or production. It is also an engine for growth as the company can harness its IP for exploitation to generate substantial revenue. Some examples of IP exploitation are:
- franchising of business formats. E.g. Ya Kun Kaya Toast's franchise.
- licensing technology. E.g. Trek 2000 has licensed its USB flash drive solution.
- licensing content characters. E.g. 'Katakune', a 3D-animated series for children about a seven-year-old silkworm, was sold to CCTV in China and televised in 2006. Singapore company Character Farm owns the registered trade mark of "Katakune" and has since licensed it for merchandise.
- other forms of commercialisation by making use of knowledge gained. E.g. Adam Khoo, a renowned motivational speaker, gives seminars and workshops and publishes books on various topics on self-improvement.
Hence, even if your competitor can copy ideas from one of your products, it is not able to replicate your entire robust system to manage human resource, innovation and IP commercialisation when it is well protected.
Proper deployment of IP management (IPM) can help to bring about good reputation, revenue and market share to the company.
Also see FAQ on "How do I manage or protect my IP assets. Will it be costly?" and "Are my IP assets protected when I venture overseas?"
Where can I get help on IP Management (IPM)?
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has developed
to help assess a company's IP management process in eight areas. Consultants who are trained in this methodology can help you identify areas requiring improvement and potential strategic growth options. Financial assistance is available for SMEs, under the
Intellectual Property Management (IPM) for SMEs programme
to subsidise the cost of hiring a SCOPE IP? consulting team.
Also on our website, you can find the
Register of Singapore Patent Agents
as well as a directory of
IP Service Providers' Directory
Alternatively, you can click
to email us or call 6339 8616 during office hours.
How do I manage or protect my IP assets. Will it be costly?
There are many ways you can adopt to protect your company's IP assets. It ranges from encouraging innovation to registering your IPs (e.g. trade marks, patents) with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), from having a simple process to restrict access to confidential information to putting in place a rigorous IP management (IPM) process. However, IP owners should consider the cost of IP management and protection alongside the fulfilment of business objectives.
For more information on available financial assistance schemes for SMEs, see FAQ on "Where else can I get help on IP management (IPM)?"
Also see FAQ on "Are there tools to help me manage my IPs?"
What programmes do you have for the development of IP expertise?
The Capability Development Department facilitates the development of IP expertise so as to expand the pool of IP professionals in Singapore. We have targeted sector programmes to raise IP awareness, increase IP management capability as well as develop professional IP capabilities among IP users. For example,
we have developed the IP Competency Framework (IPCF) to define the competencies required for key IP professionals and practitioners in the industry, and to accredit the attainment of these competencies into Continuing Education and Training (CET) qualifications that are recognised by the industry. IPOS is partnering the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) to develop IP WSQ under the Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) system. To learn more about the IPCF, please visit
In addition, we organise IP Consults yearly for IP practitioners/businesses and the general public in collaboration with trade/business associations
. During these sessions, participants' IP-related questions are answered by IP professionals via a group dialogue and one-on-one individual sessions.
To find out more about the IP Consults, please click
We also administer the Mentorship Funding Scheme to develop patent agent capabilities in Singapore. To find out more about this scheme, please click
Are my IP assets protected when I venture overseas?
Companies may find their expansion plans hindered when they expand overseas. For example, there were cases where companies were late in finding out that their company names and trade marks had already been registered by another company. Some may even find themselves being sued for "trade mark infringement" for trade names that they have been using back at home.
Such issues could be avoided if adequate IP management (IPM) practices were part of the company's culture and IP issues were considered as a part of the company's business expansion plans.
Also see FAQ on "How do I manage or protect my IP assets. Will it be costly?"
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Last updated on 18 November, 2013
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