Director of Legal
at Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Trina Ha is the chief legal counsel and director of legal at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). She manages the legal and IP affairs of IPOS, including supporting IP policy reform and advising public agencies on IP issues. Ms Ha established and managed the IP Strategy Solutions Unit in IPOS International Pte Ltd, the expertise and engagement arm of IPOS. She remains as a consultant specialising in matters relating to the management of intellectual property by public agencies. Her experience includes advising public agencies on the adoption of Singapore’s National IP Protocol, an enhanced government-level IP management framework to assist public agencies extract value from intellectual property arising from publicly funded R&D and facilitate IP commercialisation by enterprises. Covering a wide range of sectors - including public health, building and construction, info-comm, fintech and artificial intelligence - Ms Ha oversees the development of IP policies and tools and the review of agencies’ IP assets, as well as advising on structuring IP rights in complex research collaboration agreements and related IP commercialisation issues. The multi-disciplinary team of IP strategists at IPOS International has also developed online diagnostic tools for public agencies and enterprises to understand risks and gaps in the management of their intangible assets.
Ms Ha is a member of the IP Experts Group of the national IP Working Group, tasked with developing IP-related template agreement for public agencies. She conducts training programmes on intellectual property for IPOS International and speaks regularly at forums organised by WIPO and the IP Academy. Prior to joining IPOS, she practised IP law for more than 16 years and was a founder of a boutique IP firm specialising in media and entertainment, where she was regularly named in the Legal 500 for the TMT sector. Ms Ha is a member of the Singapore Academy of Law and a Registered Management Consultant by the Institute of Management Consultants.
A polymath well versed in the business aspects of IP, Trina Ha has a combination of private practice and government experience that gives her an edge. Her work advising government agencies on the strategic management of intellectual property has been hugely beneficial to industries and enterprises.
- Institute of Management Consultants
- IP management consultancy
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
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