South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk

Webinar: IP Protection in South-East Asia for the Smart Cities Industry (Co-organised with Singapore Economic Development Board)

1. Event Details: 
Event type: Webinar
Date: Tuesday 8 September
Time: 10:00 AM (CEST) - 3:00 PM (ICT) - 4:00 PM (SGT)
Venue: Online




2. Programme Synopsis:

- 1st Speaker: Miss Marianne Tan - Regional Director from the Singapore Economic Development Board (Based in Paris)

  • Introduction to Singapore and Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB);
  • Smart Nation in Singapore;
  • How companies participate in the Smart Nation initiative.

- 2nd Speaker: James Kinnaird, PhD - External Expert of South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk & Partner of Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP

  • IP Protection in South-East Asia for the Smart Cities Industry.


3. Speakers:

  • Marianne Tan - Regional Director- Europe, Economic Development Board

Marianne is a Regional Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), where she advances Singapore’s engagements with companies in France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. 

Previously,  Marianne was part of the Energy & Chemicals division of the EDB, where she was an account manager for petrochemical and specialty chemical companies. She was also led the talent development and R&D strategies for the sector. She later joined the Human Capital Division, where she was in charge of workforce augmentation policies and talent development for the Digital sector. 

Marianne holds a Masters in Economic Policy from University College London and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.


  • James Kinnaird - External Expert, South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk & Partner, Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP

James Kinnaird (BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from Glasgow University, PhD from Cambridge University) initially followed the usual path for chemists with his background and spent time in the US doing postdoctoral work at Columbia University and as a medicinal chemist at Pfizer in Sandwich (UK), before switching track to become a patent attorney in 2005. He is now a Registered Singapore Patent attorney (2014), Chartered Patent Attorney (UK, 2009) and he was also a European Patent Attorney (qualified 2009) before his move to Singapore in 2013.

James is now a Partner in the Singapore office of Marks & Clerk and has broad experience in assisting clients protect their ideas over a wide range of technology areas, including the electronic and chemical arts, as well as wearable technology, materials and food. James also has particular expertise in assisting clients understand IP-risks associated with launching their product in a new territory – particularly in ASEAN. James has been actively involved in training the next generation of patent attorneys and he was also a member of two examination committees for the Singapore patent examinations from 2015 to 2018.



Practical Information

Martes, Septiembre 8, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:00
  • Online



Webinar Session
Event source:


Singapore Economic Development Board & South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk