The IPA Beacon
The IP Academy (IPA) is a national initiative dedicated to the deepening and broadening of Singapore’s knowledge and capabilities in Intellectual Property (IP) protection, exploitation and management.
Through “The IPA Beacon”, IPA endeavours to reach out to the wider local and regional business community, delivering content in the realm of IP that is educational and practical but also thought-provoking. Through this e-publication, readers in the business community will be kept abreast of the relevant local and international IP trends and developments, and gain a deeper understanding of how to utilise IP in the operational and strategic aspects of their businesses.
Editor-in-Chief: Trina HA
Acting-Director, Graduate Studies and Thought Leadership
As Acting-Director, Trina leads the Graduate Studies and Thought Leadership teams at the IPA. Previously in legal practice, she specialised in matters involving the protection, management and exploitation of intellectual property rights in various industries including the media, telecommunications, internet, F&B, retail and fashion sectors. She was also at one point legal counsel with the Media Development Authority of Singapore where she drafted, reviewed and negotiated the contracts for the Authority’s range of investments in film, television, animation and game development and production. She has conducted talks and customised workshops on intellectual property rights for various companies, organisations and institutes of higher learning. Trina co-authored the volume on Media Law published by Butterworths as the first title in the series of Singapore Precedents and Forms. During her time in legal practice, she was ranked annually since 2007 in the intellectual property industry and TMT industry by the Asia Pacific Legal 500.
Deputy Editor: Mark CHENG
Mark Cheng is a legal counsel at the IPA. Before joining IPA, Mark was in private practice in an international firm where he specialised in dispute resolution, criminal and civil litigation, mediation, and arbitration proceedings. Through his practice, Mark has experience working with a wide range of disputes ranging from workman compensation and personal injury claims, to multi-national companies in cross-jurisdictional disputes. Mark has also had experience with the corporate drafting and reviewing of contracts, including high-profile employment agreements and multi-million dollar escrow agreements. Outside of practice, Mark has a keen interest in the intersections between intellectual property law and the areas of music, art, and technology, and has furthered that interest in his time with IPA.
Associate Editor: Edna ONG
Prior to joining IPA as Legal Counsel, Edna practised at a Singapore law firm specialising in TMT. During her stint there, Edna negotiated, drafted and reviewed various types of commercial and IP contracts which include shareholders’ agreements, employment contracts, media contracts, licensing and franchise agreements. Amongst all the different types of IP, Edna is particularly interested in Trade Marks and Copyrights. Outside of work, Edna enjoys baking and cooking and aspires to be a domestic goddess one day.