Role and Purpose

Consistent with the overall objectives and purpose of EuroCham Singapore, the Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) aims to represent the common interests of the European business community in promoting trade and investments between Europe and Singapore through the effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Given the role of intellectual property for European companies to thrive and expand in Singapore and beyond], the Committee provides a platform for IP owners to represent their common interests, to raise awareness of European interests, and to act as a coherent channel of cooperation with local, regional and EU policy makers.

We aim to:

  • Identify and understand the relevant issues of importance for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Formulate and disseminate known positions on key issues of importance and focus.
  • Build consensus on these issues amongst our members, by being a forum for our members to address common problems.
  • Help strengthen the economies in which our members have invested by supporting pro-competition, free trade and investment policies which attract capital and skills.
  • Provide our members with a channel of communication to the European and Singaporean political and economic authorities and business associations.

In pursuing these aims, we will:

  • Invite participation from members in identifying, understanding, formulating and disseminating key issues and positions. We encourage participation from all EuroCham members and representatives from the National Business Groups.
  • Engage and collaborate with Committees from the National Business Groups in Singapore and, where relevant, with those of the European Chambers of Commerce across ASEAN.
  • Engage in dialogue and advocacy (through submissions, dialogue, industry events and other activities) with key audiences.
  • Keep the EuroCham Board informed of our activities and consult with the Board.

On the initiative of several European brand leaders, EuroCham invited interested members to join an IPR Working Group to discuss common issues and potential actions to prevent the transit and distribution of counterfeited goods in Singapore.



If you wish to receive further information about the IPR Committee and its activities, please contact Mr. Yiannis Korkovelos (


09 September 2014: With special arrangements made by the Port Authority of Singapore, EuroCham's Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee had an opportunity to visit the world's busiest port. The visit was held at the Pasir Panjang Free Trade Zone.

06 December 2012:
The Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee launched its first Regional IPR Conference, "The Flow of Counterfeit Goods: Considerations For Enforcement", at the Four Seasons Hotel. The full-day event saw an attendance of professionals from various sectors, including senior legal counsels, law enforcement officials and top luxury brand owners.

Find out more about the event here.


20 April 2012: IPR Committee Meeting: Guest speaker Candra N. Darusam, Deputy Director/ Officer-in-Charge WIPO in Singapore, presented an "Overwiev of WIPO's Activities in the ASEAN Region".

8 November 2011: EXPERT BREAKFAST: ““The European Patent Office: the latest patent-related developments and trends in Europe and Southeast Asia”
The management of intellectual property is key for European companies, not the least for successfully doing business in Asia. Take the chance to meet Mr. Nicholas Körnig from the European Patent Office (EPO) – Munich, Germany. READ MORE
  • Newly launched ASEAN IPR Helpdesk

The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk is a European Commission co-funded project that provides European SMEs with free, practical, business advice relating to ASEAN IPR. To learn about any aspect of intellectual property rights in South East Asia, visit our online portal at For free expert advice on ASEAN IPR for your business, e-mail your questions to You will receive a reply from one of the Helpdesk experts within five working days. The ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk is jointly implemented by DEVELOPMENT Solutions, European Business Chamber of Commerce Indonesia and European Business Organisations Worldwide Network.

  • Commission proposes to reinforce customs actions against counterfeited goods

European Commission, DG TAXUD, 24 May 2011

As part of a new IPR overall strategy for the Single Market, the European Commission on 24 May 2011 proposed a new regulation to reinforce customs actions in fighting trade of IPR infringing goods. READ MORE

  • Increased customs actions boost protection of intellectual property rights

European Commission, DG TAXUD, 14 July 2011

In 2010, EU Customs seized more than 103 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) at the EU's external borders. According to the Commission's annual report on EU Customs enforcement of IPR published on 14 July 2011, the number of shipments stopped by customs almost doubled compared to last year, rising from 43,500 in 2009 to almost 80,000 in 2010. READ MORE


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IPR Committee - Key Concerns and suggestions on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting in Singapore 16-02-12

IPR key issues in Singapore 25-08-11

Member Name
Simon Jim
NBG / Company Name
Vice Chairman
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Roland Yap
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Herman Cheung
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Philip Morris Asia Limited


July 2015
  • EuroCham Events
  • Committee Meetings
  • Partner Events
Events List
  • Geopolitics, Energy and Investment: Decisions in the Midst of Global Uncertainty
  • HR Committee Meeting 10 July 2015
  • WES on Climate Change 2015: Sustainable Urban Development for Global Climate Resilience
  • Special IPR Committee Meeting
Geopolitics, Energy and Investment: Decisions in the Midst of Global Uncertainty Geopolitical events across the globe, ... (more)On the 10th of July, the HR Committee will convene for a special meeting with H.E. Dr. Michael Pulch, European Union Amb... (more)The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) will be hosting WES on Climate Change 2015 from 21 July to 24 July 2015 at... (more)On the 28th of July, the IPR Committee will be having a special meeting.   The IPR Committee will be launching the "I... (more)
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