With effect from 1 April 2012, the IP Academy a company limited by guarantee, has been restructured and became a subsidiary of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. This strategic alignment is part of a wider plan to building world-class IP capabilities and infrastructure so as to anchor Singapore as an IP hub of Asia.
Established in January 2003, the IPA is a national initiative dedicated to the deepening and broadening of Singapore’s knowledge and capabilities in IP protection, exploitation and management. IPA provides executive IP education for IP professionals, businesses and public agencies, as well as a range of IP thought-leadership programmes to look into IP and related areas. With the new alignment, there will be greater synergies between IPOS and IPA in expanding the scope of IP training provided, bridging gaps and ensuring continuing education for IP professionals, businesses and research organisations in Singapore and the region.
With the restructure, IPA will be the lead agency to train and orchestrate the building of IP expertise in Singapore. Key projects in the immediate one to two years include alignment of IP Competency Framework to IPA’s curricula. Launched in 2011 by IPOS in collaboration with the Workforce Development Authority of Singapore and key industry players to guide IP manpower development in Singapore, the IPCF defines the competencies required for key IP professionals in the industry, and accredit the attainment of these competencies into Continuing Professional Development qualifications that are recognised under a new IP-Workforce Skills Qualifications framework. With IPCF, IPA’s training output will be aligned more closely to IPOS in delivering training programmes that better meet industry needs.
The new IPA will be a think-tank and thought-leader in all strategic and policy related IP matters in SIngapore. The IPA will undertake IP research to look into increasing the global understanding of new emerging areas such as digital convergence, as well as building a sustainable in-house faculty of experts to bring industry experience and expertise to classrooms, and setting regional footprints as a premier IP training centre in the region. IPA will also continue to build stronger ties and strengthen international collaborations, particularly with universities and research insititutes in relation to IP capacity-building.
The IPA’s new Advisory Panel Chairman is Dr Stanley Lai, who is currently the Head of Intellectual Property & Technology at Allen & Gledhill as well as Deputy Chairman of IPOS Board. The Advisory Panel, strategically linked to key stakeholders from the universities, practitioners and industries, will help provide a multi-disciplinary approach and advise IPA on its strategies, curricula and programmes.
Chief Executive of IPOS and Chairman of IPA Board, Mr Tan Yih San said: “The strategic alignment of IPOS and IPA is a positive step towards strengthening Singapore’s IP capacity-building to establish Singapore as an IP Hub of Asia. It serves as the capacity-building arm of IPOS to provide IP professionals with the technical know-how and expertise as well as position Singapore as a thought- leader in IP matters. Moving forward, IPA will be working closely with the industry, local universities and international IP institutes to offer more specialised programmes and provide quality skill sets to meet market demand in the region.”