See you at the Singapore Convention Week 2024
29 August – 31 August 2023
CIArb-IPOS IP & Tech Dispute Resolution Conference
by Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Singapore) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
29 August 2024, Thursday
09:00 - 17:30
One Marina Boulevard

Join us for an insightful conference on cutting-edge topics in IP & Technology Dispute Resolution. The conference will be held during Singapore Convention Week 2024 and is an Associated Event of IP Week @ SG 2024. Following the keynote addresses to be given by Justice Aedit Abdullah and Lord Justice Colin Birss, our distinguished panellists will explore key issues, including:


  1. The advent of IP Arbitration – A discussion amongst Jean Ho, Stanley Lai, Kevin Nash, and Michael Hwang on the why and how IP Arbitration has gained a foothold in the domestic and the international landscape, and a look at past and upcoming trends moderated by Yi-Jun Kang;
  2. A discussion about the issues regarding the valuation of IP in the context of disputes amongst Jonathan Ellis, Kathleen Paisley, Richard Goh and Srividya Gopal, moderated by Michael Peer, including the challenges, the legal context and the emerging trends;
  3. A discussion amongst Sandy Widjaja, Chuan Wee Meng, Ignacio de Castro and Shaun Lee of the benefits of IP & Tech Mediation in preserving and enhancing parties’ relationships while providing speedy settlements compared to other forms of dispute resolution, moderated by Jonathan Choo;
  4. A discussion amongst Lam Chung Nian, Charlie Xie, Ignacio de Castro and Colin Birss about understanding the challenges at the intersection of antitrust, IP, and contract law in FRAND (Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory) licensing and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs), moderated by Mark Lim; and
  5. A discussion amongst Daryl Lim, David Llewelyn, Simon Chesterman, Amita Haylock and Mark Flanagan on how the law should respond to the many issues which arise from the breakneck developments in the field of artificial intelligence and related technology, moderated by Gabriel Ong.


The discussions will be followed by a networking reception. 


Conference Programme

08:30  Registration starts

09:00  Welcome address by Rena Lee, Chief Executive of IPOS

09:10   Keynote 1: Justice Aedit Abdullah

09:30  Keynote 2: Lord Justice Colin Birss

09:50  Q&A with Keynote Speakers

10:00   Topic 1: The Advent of IP Arbitration

11:00    Networking break

11:30    Topic 2: Challenges to the Valuation of IP

12:30    Lunch

13:45    Topic 3: Mediating IP & Tech Disputes: Recent Trends and Initiatives

14:45    Topic 4: Disputes involving Standard Essential Patents: Many Problems. Any Solutions?

15:45    Networking break

16:15     Topic 5: AI: Responding to the Rise of the Machines

17:15    Closing remarks

17:30     Networking drinks

*This event is an in-person  event.


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Number of Public CPD Point: 6.5

Practice Area: Others/Multi-disciplinary 

Training Level: General 



SILE 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 signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent  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.


Joo Lin TEH

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Department of Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Joo Lin is Senior Legal Counsel in the Legal Department of IPOS, where he advises on various IP-related matters. He was a Justices’ Law Clerk, and also served in the Ministry of Law and Singapore International Mediation Centre. He is an accredited mediator and holds a specialist certificate in intangible asset management. Before his legal career, he was a correspondent at The Straits Times.


Senior Associate, Morrison and Foerster

Yi-Jun is a senior associate at Morrison and Foerster. Her practice focuses on complex, cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration. She has a broad range of experience, across a variety of industry sectors, including shareholder, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, joint venture, technology and intellectual property disputes.


In relation to her work on international arbitration, she has represented numerous conglomerates and multi-national corporations in commercial arbitrations under various rules, including Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Michael PEER

Michael is based in Singapore but originally trained as a Chartered Accountant in Canada. Michael has over 30 years of experience as a forensic accountant, assisting clients with sensitive situations involving theft, fraud, bribery, money laundering, corruption, and other regulatory or policy breaches. He is recognized as a global leader in dispute resolution involving commercial, investor state or state on state, in various forums including arbitration, litigation and mediation. 


Michael works closely with corporate clients and their legal advisors when acting as an expert witness in matters involving accounting, damage quantification and regulatory compliance during administrative, civil and criminal proceedings.

Jonthan CHOO

 Managing Director, Vantage Chambers LLC

Jonathan Choo is an independent Arbitrator and Mediator with over twenty years of experience handling a broad range of high-value international disputes, arbitrations and mediations. He is dual-qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore and a Solicitor in England & Wales. His general commercial disputes background covers commercial, international trade, technology, media and broadcasting, construction, projects and infrastructure, insurance (non-marine) and IP disputes. He has successfully represented individuals, MNCs, banks, international contractors, media and broadcasting agencies, telecoms operators and consultants in a variety of disputes. Jonathan accepts arbitral appointments and has been appointed as Presiding Arbitrator and Sole Arbitrator.

Mark LIM

Director and Chief Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Mark is a Director and Chief Legal Counsel at IPOS (the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore), where he heads the Hearings & Mediation Department. He also leads a team at IPOS which looks into how to position Singapore as a preferred venue for the resolution of intellectual property (“IP”) and technology disputes.


He has almost 30 years of experience in IP law. Prior to joining IPOS in 2010, Mark was a lawyer in private practice for 15 years. His work encompasses all areas of IP law. He also has experience in international arbitration proceedings.

Gabriel ONG

Senior Legal Counsel and Hearing Officer (Principal Assistant Registrar), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Gabriel serves as Senior Legal Counsel and tribunal hearing officer (Principal Assistant Registrar) for disputes that come under the jurisdiction of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). His core portfolio at IPOS involves policy work in relation to promoting and furthering Singapore’s attractiveness as a hub for IP / Tech dispute resolution, as well as contributing to legislative reform in this connection. Prior to joining IPOS, Gabriel spent five years practising in the field of IP litigation at one of the top law practices in Singapore. Gabriel is an adjunct Assistant Professor with the National University of Singapore.


The Honourable Justice Aedit ABDULLAH

Judge of the High Court of Singapore, and Judge in Charge of Transformation and Innovation

Justice Aedit Abdullah was appointed Judicial Commissioner in 2014 and High Court Judge in 2017. Justice Abdullah holds degrees in law and public management from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and obtained the BCL from Oxford University. 


He began his working life as a Justices’ Law Clerk in 1997. He then taught at the Faculty of Law, NUS, before re-joining the Singapore Legal Service, where he has held various appointments, including as Chief Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He has also been seconded to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) twice. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2012.

Lord Justice Colin BIRSS

Judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, and Deputy Head of Civil Justice

Colin Birss is a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Deputy Head of Civil Justice. He was called to the English Bar in 1990 and practiced in intellectual property law, taking silk in 2008. In 2010 Colin Birss went on the bench, first as judge of the Patents County Court (now IPEC)) and then, in 2013, to the High Court. In 2019 became Judge in Charge of the Patents Court and in 2021 he was appointed to his current role.

Dr Jean HO

Associate Professor, National University of Singapore

Dr. Ho co-convenes Intellectual Property Arbitration, a pioneering course at NUS Law and worldwide. Prior to academia, she specialised in investor-state disputes at Shearman & Sterling LLP. Dr. Ho is the first academic in the history of the Faculty to graduate with honours from l’Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, topping her class in several courses including Droit des Contrats, Droit de la Responsabilité Civile, and Droit des Sociétés. She is also the first Singaporean to be awarded a placement with the Conseil d’Etat in Paris, an honour normally reserved for foreign judges.

Dr Stanley LAI SC

Head of Allen & Gledhill’s Intellectual Property Practice and Co-Head of the Cybersecurity & Data Protection Practice

Dr Stanley Lai, SC is the Head of Allen & Gledhill’s Intellectual Property Practice and Co-Head of the Cybersecurity & Data Protection Practice. 


Stanley is a Senior Counsel who specialises in all forms of IP litigation/arbitration and information technology disputes and is also a commercial litigator and SIAC Arbitrator. He maintains a strong advisory practice for IP/data management and cybersecurity, serving a broad spectrum of clients. In the biomedical and pharmaceutical sectors, Stanley has substantial experience in advising on healthcare, medical IP and regulatory issues concerning medicines, generics, patent linkage, bio-similars, medical devices, clinical trials, product recalls and product liability.

Kevin NASH

Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre


As Registrar of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Kevin leads the SIAC Secretariat in the provision of case management services. For more than a decade, Kevin has overseen the administration of thousands of international cases under all versions of the SIAC Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Under the Singapore International Arbitration Act 1994, Kevin is gazetted as an appointing authority, serves as the statutory taxation authority, and is empowered to authenticate and certify awards and arbitration agreements. 


Kevin is qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor with the Law Society of Ontario. He speaks English and French.

Dr Michael HWANG SC

 international Arbitrator

Dr Michael Hwang S.C. currently practises as an international arbitrator based in Singapore with a selective practice as Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Singapore. He served as the Chief Justice of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts from 2010 – 2018 (having previously served as Deputy Chief Justice from 2005 – 2010). He was educated at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Oxford University, where he won a college scholarship by open competitive UK examination. He currently serves as a non-resident Appellate Judge for commercial cases conducted in English heard by the Bahrain Court of Cassation.

Kathleen PAISLEY

International Arbitrator 

Kathleen Paisley, Arbitrator. Kathleen is a recognized international arbitrator based in Europe and the US, and with significant experience in Asia, Middle East and Africa. She has served has an arbitrator in cases administered by the ICC, SIAC, AAA-ICDR, LCIA and virtually all other major arbitration centres. Kathleen is widely recognized for her expertise in the quantification of damages and the valuation of assets, particularly in life sciences, technology, and IP disputes. She is triple qualified in law (Yale), accounting (CPA Exam), finance (MBA). Kathleen held partnerships in the international disputes’ practices at White & Case and Morrison & Foerster.

Richard GOH

 Group Tax Specialist, Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Richard Goh is a Group Tax Specialist at the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. He is a Chartered Valuer and Appraiser and a certified Master Tax Specialist in IP Law, IP Management and IP Commercialisation. He has over 10 years of experience dealing with tax and transfer pricing valuation issues involving acquisitions and transfers of IP and other intangibles across various sectors. He also speaks regularly in seminars and workshops and has written articles on the valuation of intangibles for accounting, tax and transfer pricing purposes.

Jonathan ELLIS

Partner, HKA Singapore

Jonathan Ellis is a partner at HKA based in the Singapore office. He specialises in the quantification of damages and valuations. He has worked on matters before the UK and Singapore High Courts as well as in ad hoc, SIAC, LCIA, ICC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration forums. He has provided oral testimony on over ten occasions, in both court and arbitration, also as a tribunal appointed expert. Jonathan is recognised among the leading arbitration expert witnesses worldwide by Who's Who Legal, as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” and a “National Leader” in the inaugural Southeast Asia Arbitration list.

Srividya GOPAL

Managing Director & Southeast Asia Leader, Valuation Advisory Services, Kroll

Srividya Gopal is Managing Director & Southeast Asia Leader, Valuation Advisory Services at Kroll (formerly Duff & Phelps). She has 26 years of experience in valuations and transactions. She has advised numerous companies on valuations for the purposes of financial reporting, transaction, restructuring, taxation, dispute resolution and financing. She is a member of the Business Valuation Board of the International Valuation Standards Council. She is a former member of the Institute of Valuers & Appraisers of Singapore Council and chaired their Professional Development Working Group and a former member of the Regulatory Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.


Hearing Officer (Principal Assistant Registrar) and Senior Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Sandy joined the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in 2009 and presently serves as hearing officer (Principal Assistant Registrar) and Senior Legal Counsel. 

Prior to joining the Hearings & Mediation Department (HMD) in 2009, Sandy was working at a state department in Western Australia for two years dealing with legislation matters. Before that, Sandy was also with IPOS, at the Registry of Trade Marks, handling registration of trade marks and the implementation of the Madrid Protocol. 

Sandy holds a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore and a Masters of Laws from the University of Western Australia.


Chief Executive Officer, Singapore International Mediation Centre

Wee Meng is the CEO of SIMC. He is an experienced lawyer of more than 30 years, working out of Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore. Prior to joining SIMC, he served as General Counsel of IBM Greater China and Nortel Networks Asia Pacific for about 20 years.

Wee Meng has advised senior leadership of MNCs as lead counsel on legal and regulatory issues arising out of doing business in Greater China, India, Japan, Korea, ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand. As an active board member of US-China JVs, he has managed a wide range of emerging market risks.


Director, WIPO

Ignacio is a Spanish lawyer and an English solicitor. Ignacio holds an LLM degree from King's College London. Before joining WIPO, he practiced with the law firms Baker & McKenzie, London, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London in the areas of international arbitration and litigation. Ignacio is responsible for the administration of mediation, arbitration and domain name cases filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and the development and promotion of WIPO alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This includes implementing ADR collaborations concluded with IP and Copyright Offices and Courts and establishing ADR procedures adapted to specific areas of intellectual property.

Shaun LEE

Partner, Dispute Resolution Group, Bird & Bird

Shaun Lee is a Dispute Resolution Partner in Bird & Bird’s Singapore office. He is a dual-qualified lawyer and is lead or instructed counsel in international arbitration proceedings, mediation proceedings, before regulatory tribunals and in proceedings at all levels of the Singapore courts (including the SICC). 

He regularly represents and advises clients in high-value complex transnational commercial disputes at the intersection of the ICT and MES sectors. He acts for tech titans, eSports game developers, sport regulators, online platforms as well as media companies in regulatory investigations, digital & intellectual property rights issues as well as technical and commercial disputes.


Head of the Intellectual Property, Technology & Data Group, WongPartnership LLP

Chung Nian Lam heads the Intellectual Property, Technology & Media, Telecommunications and Data Protection Practices at WongPartnership LLP, a leading Singapore law firm.

He has extensive experience representing companies, listed corporations and government clients on regulatory, transactional, enforcement and advisory matters in the areas of intellectual property, media, information technology, data protection and telecommunications law. He is a leading practitioner in his areas of expertise, having won many awards and accolades.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been accredited by the Singapore Academy of Law as a Senior Accredited Specialist (Data & Digital Economy).

Charlie XIE

 Leader of Chinese Economics Practice, AlixPartners

Charlie is an economist with over 15 years of experience supporting clients in both Asia and Europe on high-profile cases. He is the leader of AlixPartners’ Chinese Economics Practice and has assisted his Asian clients on antitrust investigation, litigation, and commercial disputes such as intellectual property matters. In the UK and Europe, he has extensive experience in litigations in the English High Court and the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal, and regulatory cases, antitrust investigations, and mergers. 

He has testified on IP damages issues in both court and arbitral proceedings, and regularly advises companies on FRAND and other IP issues.


Partner, Mayer Brown

Amita Haylock is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Singapore office where her practice focuses on all aspects of Intellectual Property, Technology, Competition and Public Law. Traversing across a variety of industries Amita has substantial and pertinent experience in both the cyber and digital arena.

Amita has also worked in representing applicants and respondents in high-profile judicial reviews involving various complex issues including those in the technology, media and telecommunication sectors. In the arbitration context, Amita has worked on various cross-border arbitrations involving licensing, commercial, and competition, technology and intellectual property issues.

She co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Network in Asia.

Daryl LIM

H. Laddie Montague Jr. Chair in Law, Penn State Dickinson Law

Daryl Lim is the H. Laddie Montague Jr. Chair in Law at Penn State Dickinson Law. He is also the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Founding Director of the Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Innovation Initiative. At the university level, he is a co-hire at the Institute of Computational and Data Sciences and an affiliate at the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence. 

He is an award-winning author, observer, and commentator on IP and competition policy trends and how they influence and are influenced by law, technology, economics, and politics. He helps stakeholders understand the world around them.


Managing Director, David Llewelyn & Co LLC

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 Yong Pung How 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. David has been appointed by the Singapore Court of Appeal as amicus curiae/independent counsel in cases involving trade marks, copyright, patents and geographical indications.


David Marshall Professor and Vice Provost (Educational Innovation) at the National University of Singapore

Simon Chesterman is David Marshall Professor and Vice Provost (Educational Innovation) at the National University of Singapore, where he is also the founding Dean of NUS College. He serves as Senior Director of AI Governance at AI Singapore and Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law. Previously, he was Dean of NUS Law from 2012 to 2022 and Co‐President of the Law Schools Global League from 2021 to 2023.

Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Professor Chesterman’s teaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po.

Jonathan LIM

Partner, WilmerHale

Jonathan Lim is a partner in the London office of WilmerHale.  He has a broad practice with extensive advocacy experience in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations seated worldwide, including in Singapore, England, Brazil, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States.  His experience spans numerous industries, including representation of private and sovereign clients in the aerospace, construction, energy, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, technology, and retail sectors, among others.  He has also worked on WTO dispute settlement and ECHR matters.

Jonathan also frequently sits as arbitrator and teaches arbitration at the NUS law school