In the current knowledge-based economy, intellectual property (IP) has become a new growth driver.

The creation, management and transaction of IP — which is defined as creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce — is essential for business owners, technology innovators and artistic creators. 

Singapore has seen double digit growth in the IP sector in the past three years.  Globally, IP has also become an important asset for multinational companies.  Innumerable opportunities have opened for committed and energetic talents to build a rewarding career in the thriving IP eco-system. 

The Intellectual Property Competency Framework maps out competencies needed and projects suitable pathways for a professional career in IP. With the IPCF, interested stakeholders keen in joining the IP industry — fresh graduates, or mid-career professionals, or training providers — will now have a quality assured framework to adhere to.

The IPCF sets the standard for five core professional job types in the IP ecosystem: patent agents, IP lawyers, IP management directors, IP strategists, and IP valuation analysts. This is mirrored from established practices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

This framework will be the reference document for all training providers intending to conduct courses for IP professionals, including tertiary institutions such as the universities, polytechnics and specialist schools.

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) aspires to be Asia’s IP hub and a trusted partner of all creators. It administers IP protection rights for creators and innovators, promotes IP awareness in the business and innovation community, and builds capacity for IP professionals in Singapore. At IPOS, career opportunities include: 

International and Enterprise Engagement: You will need to travel overseas to promote Singapore’s IP interests.  You will meet officials from other IP offices, knock at the doors of IP units of multinationals (MNCs) and engage professional IP firms, and extend Singapore’s IP training interests in the region. The goal is to build Singapore into a vibrant international market place for IP services. 

Enterprise Development: You will need to promote IP as a core business strategy to the business community so that they can scale their business and venture internationally.  You may meet partners from business associations, MNCs, technology-transfer-offices, small and medium-sized enterprises and professionals in the IP eco-systems.  The goal is to build Singapore into a thriving IP-intensive economy. 

Formulation and Review of Legal Policy: You will need to put on your thinking cap to help formulate and review Singapore’s IP policies and legislation. You may meet with officials from other IP offices, other Singapore agencies and businesses. The goal is to create and sustain an environment that spurs innovation, encourages creativity and grows the economy.

TradeMarks Examination: You will need to pore through business applications to examine and decide on the registration of trademarks.  You will need to understand our trademark regime and how to best apply in the business environment. You may meet with officials from other IP offices, local trademark agents and the business community.  The goal is to ensure that Singapore has a robust trademarks regime so that it can serve the needs of the business community. 

Patents Examination:You will need to pore through scientific invention applications to examine and decide on the registration of patents. You will need to understand our patents regime and how to best apply the rules in the innovation environment.

You may meet with officials from other IP offices, local patent agents and our innovation community.  The goal is to ensure that Singapore has a robust Patents regime to serve the needs of innovation community.  

Article contributed by Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.