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Top 5 Most Popular FAQs
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?"
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/whom should I approach if I need professional advice on IP-related matters?
IPOS International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of IPOS, housing over 100 IP experts in areas such as IP strategy and management, patent search and analysis, and IP education and training. For questions related to IP Management, contact IPOS International at: firstname.lastname@example.org
IPOS also offers complimentary business consultancy/legal clinics with external partners. If you wish to speak to an external IP business consultant or an IP lawyer over a 45-minute complimentary session, you may make an appointment here for an
A Patent Agent (also known as a Patent Attorney) acts for clients in the drafting and filing of patents to secure protection for their inventions. You may click
for the Register of Patent Agents in Singapore.
Where can I get help on IP Management (IPM)?
As the expertise and enterprise engagement arm, IPOS International aims to bridge possibilities for intangible asset-rich enterprises in the innovation ecosystem and scale industries for growth. IPOS' wholly-owned subsidiary, IPOS International have assisted various enterprises to grow using their IP. Read more about their
You may also request for
free business guides on IP management
For enterprise-specific questions related to IP Management, please reach out to IPOS International at <
What programmes do you have for the development of IP expertise?
IPOS enables the development of IP expertise to expand the pool of IP professionals in Singapore. Together with SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore, employers, industry associations, education and training providers, the world's first
Skills Framework for Intellectual Property
was launched to provide comprehensive information on the IP sector.
IPOS collaborated with Singapore University of Social Sciences and IP Academy to launch the
Master of IP and Innovation Management (MIPIM)
programme. This programme aims to equip professionals with the invaluable know-how and practical skills to enhance their career as an IP professional. The programme offers 3 specialisation tracks, namely, IP Management, IP Technology and Patent Agency, catering to different career pathways and domain expertise. The Graduate Diploma or Master in IP and Innovation Management (Patent Agency) programme is an approved course for the qualification as a Singapore patent agent. For professionals who are keen to enter the IP industry and deepen their knowledge about the business value of intangible assets, IP Academy offers an 8-month
Specialist Certificate in Intangible Asset Management
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Last updated on 18 November, 2013
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