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IPOS Director Named As Influential Woman in IP 2020 by World Intellectual Property Review

16-Jun-2020 | Source : Intellectual Property Office of Singapore | Visits : 2501
SINGAPORE – The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) announced that Ms Sharmaine Wu, Director of Patents, Designs and Plant Varieties Department (PDPV), has been named as World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)’s Influential Women in IP 2020, a press release by the Office stated.  

Ms. Wu led recent efforts in launching the SG Patent Fast Track, a pilot program to accelerate grants of patent applications in all technology fields to as fast as six months. The program is the world’s fastest application-to-grant process of its kind, supporting innovators and their solutions in addressing global developments in areas such as sustainable development and public health.

Prior to her role as Director of PDPV, she served as Director of Intellectual Property (IP) Management and Markets at IPOS, where she set up a new department within IPOS to lead the development of IP monetization. In this role, she helped to launch programs including an IP-centric private equity fund, an IP financing scheme offering companies and small-and-medium enterprises with IP asset-backed loans, as well as an IP insurance partnership with Lloyd’s Asia, to provide companies with capacity to manage and mitigate risks, as they commercialize their IP and intangible assets and enter global markets. 

Ms. Wu is one of the 80 international female leaders across 45 countries within WIPR’s Influential Women in IP 2020 and is the only Singaporean to be named on the list. The Influential Women in IP listing which began in 2019 by WIPR, a leading legal publication, recognizes women who have built some of their most successful careers in IP and serves to raise the understanding of gender equality and women’s contributions to the sector. To access the publication, please click here.  

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