Presenters and Chairs

Opening and Closing Ceremony

Daren Tang, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation

Daren Tang, a national of Singapore, began his six-year mandate as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on October 1, 2020. Prior to his appointment as WIPO Director General, he served as Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), driving the strategic transformation of IPOS in support of Singapore’s innovation-based economy.

Between 1997 and 2012, before joining IPOS, Daren Tang held different legal positions within the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore.  In 2016, he received the Public Administration Medal from the Prime Minister’s Office Singapore for outstanding efficiency and competence in the service of his country. Daren Tang is a graduate of the National University of Singapore (Bachelor of Law, Honors) and the Georgetown University Law Center (Master of Laws, Distinction).  He also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is fluent in English and Chinese.

Francis Gurry, Former Director General, World Intellectual Property Organisation

Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 through September 2020. Under his leadership, WIPO addressed major challenges. These included managing the stress on the international patent and copyright systems produced by rapid technological change, by globalization and increased demand; reducing the knowledge gap between developed and developing countries; and ensuring that the intellectual property (IP) system serves its fundamental purpose of encouraging creativity and innovation in all countries.

Round Tables

Milton Lucídio Leão Barcellos, Partner, Leao Intellectual Property

PhD in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) with a CAPES scholarship and Visiting Professor period at Boston University Law School (2009), with a thesis in the area of ​​Patents and Competition Law approved with maximum grade and unanimous vote of praise from the bank. Masters in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) with CAPES scholarship and dissertation in the area of ​​industrial property and constitutional hermeneutics. Specialist in International and Integration Law from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) with a monograph on the international patent system. Graduated in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS).
Milton Lucídio has a research and professional area focused on Intellectual Property and its interrelation with other branches of law.
Milton Lucídio understands that the appropriation and use of intellectual creations via intellectual property rights requires in-depth knowledge and understanding of the client’s reality and its competitive market, so that the intellectual property assets (identified or covered up) work as an effective instrument in the composition of business strategies in line with national and international legislation, doctrine and jurisprudence, expressing potentials and correcting abuses.
He is Founding Father and Former President of the Special Commission on Intellectual Property at Brazilian Bar OAB/RS (1999-2000, 2001-2003 and 2004-2005). Former President of South Section (RS/SC/PR) of the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents – ABAPI (2006/2007). He was Deputy Coordinator of the Intellectual Property Research Group of the Postgraduate Law Course at PUCRS (2004-2011). He is a member of the Research Integrity Group linked to the Bioethics Institute and the Faculty of Law of PUCRS.
He is a member of the following national and international associations in the area of ​​intellectual property: Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI), Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents (ABAPI), Brazilian Institute of Intellectual Property (IBPI), Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), International Trademark Association (INTA), Asian Patent Attorneys Association – APAA (Observer).

Eduardo Escano, IP Law member, Escano Sarmiento & Partners Law Offices

Eduardo C. Escaño is the Senior Partner of Escaño Sarmiento & Partners Law Offices, a general practice law firm with a focus on Intellectual Property. Ed finished his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law and completed his Master of Laws from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Certificate in Law and Technology.

In 1997, through The Association for Overseas Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Partnerships (AOTS), Ed received Intellectual Property training in Japan from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII). He has since been invited to give lectures on intellectual property and has authored a book on Trademarks in the Philippines.

He currently lectures the subject of Intellectual Property at the University of the Philippines (UP), College of Law, and at the University of Makati, School of Law (UMAK). He has been a member of the Asian Patent Attorney’s Association (APAA- Philippine Group) since 2000

Avi Freeman, Partner, Beck Greener

With a background in physics, Avi Freeman is a European and UK patent attorney, partner and head of Electronics, Engineering and Software patents at Beck Greener.  Based in their London office, he is a patent attorney with 24 years of experience advising clients, includingdrafting, prosecuting, opposing and defending applications and patents in fields including software and CII.  Avi has written widely on the subject of patents and CII and will bring this and his experience to bear on the discussion of AI in the patent world. 


Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Partner, Deputy Director, IP Practice, vision & associates

Mrs. Ha is a Patent & Trademark Attorney having the NOIP-granted IP representative license and at the same time, an attorney-of-law certificated to practice law by the Minister of Justice. With more than 17 years of patent and trademark experience, her particular strengths are in the field of advising clients in IP laws of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and some other countries, registration, prosecution, enforcement and commercialization of IP rights.

Vaibhav Vutts, Founder Partner, Vutts & Associates LLP

Vaibhav is the founder partner of Vutts & Associates LLP with over 18 years practice in intellectual property rights. He holds an honours degree in Chemistry and is a practicing attorney admitted in Bar Council of Delhi and qualified patent agent. 

Vaibhav has been speaker in several conferences in relation to IP including INTA, CII and GIPC. He is also a visiting faculty to Indian Law Institute, a Deemed University and Craft Development Institute, Ministry of Textiles, GOI. In addition to intellectual property, Vaibhav has been actively involved in transactional work such as drafting and vetting of agreements. 

  • Chair INTA Asia Pacific Amicus Committee 2020-21
  • Committee member on International Trade Mark Association (INTA) International Amicus Committee 2012-13, 2016-2017, 2018-19, 2020-21
  • TradeMark Committee Member in Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA) 2019-2022
Catherine Zheng, Partner, Deacons

Catherine specialises in China intellectual property protection strategy and contentious matters. A native Chinese speaker from Shanghai, Catherine studied law at Fudan University and then Chemistry and Law in Canada, qualified in Canada, New York and Hong Kong. She is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English. After spending 9 years in North America studying and practising in an IP firm in Ottawa, she joined Deacons in 2000.

As head of the patents & designs group, she has extensive experience in all aspects of complex intellectual property litigation and enforcement work in China with a particular focus on patent validity and infringement issues. For the past 20 years, she has successfully represented a large number of local and international companies in litigation at all levels of the PRC courts and actions before the different levels of administrative bodies.  In particular, Catherine advises on complex patent litigation matters and has won high profile patent litigation cases in the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong Province and the Supreme Court of China.

Patent Drafting Workshop

Tracey Hendy, Patent Attorney, FPA Patent Attorneys

Tracey’s professional career encompasses 32 years of experience in intellectual property law with a broad base of expertise in patents and designs, specialising in the complex mechanical arts.

Tracey actively shares her specialist patent knowledge as a regular invited guest lecturer at two Melbourne universities and has travelled extensively in US, Europe and Japan providing lectures on Australian, New Zealand and South-east Asian patent law to corporate clients and patent firms. Since 2020, Tracey has transitioned to an online environment to continue her schedule of technical presentations to international audiences.

She is also an extensive publisher as a Chapter author for Lahore’s Patents, Trade Marks and Related Rights (Chapter 3) , and additionally is the writer of over 30 technical patent law articles

Nikki Kahn, Head of IP, Fisher & Paykel Technologies

Nikki is a practitioner in the field of intellectual property (IP) law, with extensive experience assisting local and global businesses to build and enforce their IP rights. In addition to her Australian and NZ legal qualifications, she holds technical qualifications in mechanical engineering, and is a registered Australian/NZ patent attorney.

Nikki focuses her practice on the strategic development and litigation of global patent portfolios. She is praised by her clients for providing creative solutions and strategies along with clear and thorough advice. She has worked with clients in manufacturing and packaging technologies, industrial processes, renewable energy, agriculture, marine, automotive, toys and consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Nikki advises on a range of IP related projects including: IP capture for product design and branding teams; securing registered rights; IP rights enforcement and litigation; infringement risk assessment; and commercialising and licensing IP.

FICPI Australia Session

Greg Chambers, Patent and Trade Marks Attorney, Consultant BSc LLB FIPTA

Greg is the Chairman of the Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Board and has been with the firm since 1985. Greg initially worked in the industry as a corporate patent and trade marks adviser, and later worked with a general legal practice in Melbourne. He was a founding partner of Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Lawyers in 1996, and is the firm’s senior litigator. Greg has conducted litigation for the enforcement of patent, trade mark, copyright and registered design rights. This work has included litigation reported in the decisions of Cabot v 3M 11 IPR 487, Coca-Cola v All-Fect Miller 47 IPR 481, Roland v Lorenzo 23 IPR 376, ExxonMobil v Shahin 55 IPR 630 and AMR v Alphapharm & Arrow 2011 FCA 120.

He has been involved in a number of successful ex-parte applications for the seizure of goods infringing intellectual property (IP) rights, and acts for several international companies both for the acquisition and enforcement of IP rights. He has often acted in cases where the Australian dispute has been part of a multi-jurisdictional enforcement program. Greg has represented parties in IP matters before the Australian Patent Office, the Supreme Courts of NSW and Victoria and the Federal Court of Australia. Greg was previously an Examiner for the Professional Standards Board for qualification of persons as patent attorneys in Australia and is immediate past President of FICPI Australia. Greg was identified in the ALB Intellectual Property Law Guide in 2015 for his work in patent and trade mark litigation, and similarly in the 2015 World Trade Mark Review.

Nguyen Nguyet Dzung, Partner Director IP Practice, Vision & Associates

With nearly 23 years of experience in intellectual property field, Mrs. Dzung Nguyen now takes position as the Director, Intellectual Property Practice of Vision & Associates. As a qualified Patent Attorney, Mrs. Dzung specializes in various aspects of international and Vietnamese intellectual property laws, including patent laws, especially in patent drafting, patent prosecution, patent invalidation/ cancellation, opposition, appeal, maintenance, commercialization, prior art search, freedom-to-operate search, providing legal opinions on infringement possibility, and other patent-related matters especially in pharmacology, life science, chemistry, chemical engineering, biotechnology, and biochemistry.
Mrs. Dzung has directly and indirectly involved in helping foreign clients such as F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Gilead, Merck & Co., Amgen, Allergan, Abbott, LG Households & Healthcare, Albermale Corporation, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, H. Lundbeck, Vestergaard Frandsen SA, etc.

Siew Ling Su, Partner, Zico Law

With over 20 years of experience exclusively in Intellectual Property (IP), Siew Ling’s practice spans the full spectrum of IP matters, from creation, protection and litigation to enforcement of IP rights. Siew Ling has conducted trials and argued appeals at the Court of Appeal and Federal Court where precedent setting cases in IP had been decided. She has been described by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific as “an excellent litigator and an expert in the field” and this was similarly echoed in Chambers Asia Pacific which quoted her as “an esteemed IP litigator”. Siew Ling was admitted to practice in 1998 and joined the ZICO Law network in 2014. Siew Ling started her legal career in Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co specializing in IP before moving on to Messrs Tay & Partners as an IP partner where she was attached to for 10 years prior to joining the firm.

Michael McLaughlin, Singapore Patent Attorney, National University of Singapore

Michael is a Registered Singapore Patent Attorney (Registered Singapore Patent Agent). He is qualified by professional examination to represent clients before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Michael has practised in the field since 2000. Before moving to Singapore in 2005 and becoming a Singapore Patent Attorney shortly afterwards, he trained in London, widely considered a world centre of excellence in the field. Michael qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in the UK and a European Patent Attorney while with a leading London firm. His technical background is Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has an honours degree from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

After graduation, Michael practised as an Electrical Design Engineer for more than eight years before becoming a patent attorney. Michael’s practice extends across a broad range of technologies in ICT and engineering. Michael is a guest lecturer on patent law and practice at the National University of Singapore. He has memberships with a number professional associations, and previously sat on the Executive Committee of the Association of Singapore Patent Agents. Michael has also been a member of the IPOS Examination Committee for the Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination. In doing this, he was involved in setting and marking examination papers.

Radeemada Mungkarndee, Patent Lawyer, Baker McKenzie

Dr. Mungkarndee joined Baker McKenzie in 2016 and is currently active in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice. She is a patent lawyer with a Ph.D in Biotechnology and has two decades of experience as a patent specialist. Her main areas of practice include patents, biodiversity, trade secrets, and innovation related legal issues.

Shoichi Okuyama, Principal Patent Attorney, OKUYAMA&SASAJIMA

Education : Waseda University, BE, Electrical Engineering Iowa State University, BA, Chemistry The University of Chicago, PhD, Physical Chemistry

Experience: Okuyama & Co., 1987. Okuyama & Sasajima founded in 2009

Qualification: Patent Attorney with litigation qualification, AIPPI, LES, APAA, FICPI, EURO-SEAD Patent Drafting Course (tutor)
organized by FICPI, Founder and President of the Tokyo Wine Society

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