SINGAPORE: The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) will have a new chief from Nov 16.
Current Deputy Chief Executive Daren Tang Heng Shim, 43, will take over from Mr Tan Yih San, 49, as Chief Executive, the Ministry of Law said in a press release issued on Friday (Nov 6).
Mr Tang, the Deputy Chief Executive since Aug 1, 2012, currently oversees the Registries Clusters and is responsible for the development of Singapore's IP regulatory regime and the overall operations of IPOS' Registries. He also led the launch in 2014 of an integrated e-filing platform, called IP2SG, to make it easier for applicants to file and transact IP registrations with IPOS.
Mr Tang is also responsible for all international IP negotiations, including those at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and World Trade Organization, as well as Free Trade Agreements – including the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement.
Mr Tan, who has served as the Chief Executive since June 2011, is leaving to join the private sector.
IPOS and the Ministry of Law said in the press release that they "deeply appreciate Mr Tan’s four years of dedicated service and contributions to IPOS" and "wish him continued success and fulfilment in his future endeavours".
"We welcome Mr Tang, as IPOS embarks on its next phase of development to build Singapore as an IP hub and work with other stakeholders to help drive innovation in Singapore."