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[Expired] Legal Counsel, Legal and Policy Affairs Department

Posted On :14 Sep 2013


Job Summary

  • Salary:   Undisclosed
  • Work Type: Permanent / Full Time
  • Min. Education Level: Degree
  • Field of Study: Law
  • Years of Experience: 2
  • Skills: Presentation skills, Communications skills, Law

Job Descriptions


As Legal Counsel in the Legal and Policy Affairs Department, you will be given the opportunity to:

  • Draw on your legal background to help shape Singapore's dynamic and evolving IPR framework.
  • Work closely with the Registries of Trade Marks, Patents, Designs and Plant Varieties, advising them on various legal issues and working with them to develop the appropriate legal framework as our policies and practices evolve.
  • Work with colleagues, often across government, as well as with other internal and external stakeholders, to develop our regime for copyrights, trade secrets and other non-registrable IP rights.

In addition, your role will also extend to the international context. You will:

  • Represent Singapore at various international negotiations and discussions dealing with IP, primarily at WIPO and WTO.
  • Take charge of negotiations dealing with IPR in Singapore's Free Trade Agreements.

You will not only serve as Legal Counsel to IPOS, but also act as a provider of specialist advice to other government agencies on IP issues, especially where it touches upon complex issues of domestic and international IP law.


  • Qualified to practice in Singapore as an Advocate and Solicitor
  • At least 2 years PQE. Possess excellent written, oral and presentation communication skills
  • Be able to:

    - Conduct independent research, identify and analyse IP issues, and make policy;
    - Recommendations on those issues
    - Lead, coordinate and manage policy projects of various sizes with minimal supervision
    - Work well and interact/negotiate with a wide range of people, including in cross-cultural contexts
    - Multi-task and meet tight turnaround times
    - Travel for work
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of one or more of the following areas will be an added advantage:

    - Intellectual property law
    - International trade law
    - Dealing with local and/or foreign governmental agencies.

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified for an interview.

About This Company

Where bright sparks set off The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore or IPOS is the lead government agency that formulates and administers Intellectual Property laws, promotes IP awareness and provides the infrastructure to facilitate greater development of Intellectual Property in Singapore. We are looking for astute individuals to be at the forefront of our exciting team. Come as we light your way to a more rewarding career.

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