Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP

Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP is one of the longest-established, largest and leading practices in Singapore in the field of intellectual property. It is a full-service law firm that was established in 1874. The firm’s experience in intellectual property extends over more than seven decades. The firm has been regularly featured as a leading specialist IP firm in Asia in a number of notable publications.

IP specialisation

The IP team comprises highly qualified patent and trademark specialists, technical experts and professionals with impeccable academic credentials. The team has several decades of experience in providing a full range of IP services to multinational corporations and businesses.

The IP team handles all aspects of intellectual property, ranging from searching, clearance (including risk management and regulatory compliance) and protection of trademarks, service marks, patents and designs to the enforcement of these IP rights through litigation in the civil and criminal courts. The team also handles other aspects such as patent and trademark invalidation, the spearheading and implementation of anti-counterfeiting efforts and obtaining injunctions and search and seizure orders. The team is also experienced in handling and negotiating issues relating to domain name disputes, internet piracy, information technology and commercialisation and licensing of IP and technology rights.

With regard to patent matters, the patent team has the technical know-how and expertise to provide specialised patent advisory services. The patent team specialises in drafting patent applications and pursuing patent protection across a wide range of technical areas, including biomedical devices, tissue engineering, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, food sciences, biotechnology, organic and inorganic chemistry, polymers, biochemistry, nanotechnology, materials engineering, semiconductor technology, telecommunications, wireless communications and civil engineering. The team also provides services for patent validity analysis, patent infringement analysis, freedom-to-operate advice and patent litigation.

Market leader

Donaldson & Burkinshaw maintains its position as one of five top filing firms identified by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). This illustrates the firm’s status as a local market leader in the field of intellectual property.

The firm’s clients include several of the world’s largest corporations with some of the best and most prestigious brands. The firm represents the world’s biggest companies in industries including food and beverages, fashion, domestic consumer products, electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, hotels, computer hardware and software, media, entertainment, air travel and vehicle manufacturing. They include leading domestic and multinational corporations, businesses, local and foreign government bodies, educational and non-profit organisations, individuals, estates and trusts. The firm fully manages the local and regional patents, designs, trademarks and domain name portfolios of an extensive number of these clients. The firm has also handled IP protection in Singapore for major sporting events.

By virtue of its expertise and wealth of IP experience, the firm has been appointed to be on the IPOS panel of lawyers for the supply of legal services related to dispute proceedings. In addition, the firm has been appointed to be on the panels of a number of government-backed research and educational institutes to provide IP advisory services, particularly for the drafting and prosecution of original patent applications.

International capabilities and experience

Donaldson & Burkinshaw regularly engages in complete portfolio management for IP matters such as patent and trademark filings, worldwide and across various regions. The firm provides one-stop solutions for IP matters in these jurisdictions due to its close alliances with trusted associates which are respective leaders in the industry. The firm maintains professional associations with and membership of international legal networks such as MULTILAW.


Donaldson & Burkinshaw’s professionals are fluent in English – the filing language in Singapore – and are also proficient in several other languages, including Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu.


The IP team comprises about 50 individuals, including eight registered Singapore patent agents and eight technically qualified individuals, including advanced degree holders, PhD holders, engineers and scientists.

Contact details

Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP
24 Raffles Place
15-00 Clifford Centre
Singapore 048621

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Kuala Lumpur

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