Intellectual Property

Drew & Napier is the largest Intellectual Property practice in Singapore. We are leaders in the field, and our lawyers are regularly instructed in high profile matters.

We have expertise across the range of contentious and non-contentious IP work, and we represent a broad selection of renowned clients from across industries. 

Our department accounts for approximately 20% of all patents filed in Singapore, among the largest handled by any firm here. 

Prestigious industry publications like Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, The Asia Pacific Legal 500, and Managing Intellectual Property consistently confirm our leadership with Tier 1 rankings in IP.

Practice Areas

Trade marks, Patents and Designs

In Singapore and other regional offices, we secure registrations directly. In other countries, we use our global network of trusted associates.

We also negotiate and prepare licenses, distributorship, franchising and confidentiality agreements covering all aspects of IP.

Intellectual Property Litigation

Our litigation team handles all aspects of intellectual property litigation, for example:

  • Applying for and executing warrants for trade mark and copyright infringement offences;
  • Prosecuting and defending criminal actions for infringement of trade marks and copyright;
  • Civil proceedings for infringement of trade mark, copyright, patents and designs, including applications for injunctions and Anton Pillar Orders;
  • Passing off actions;
  • Opposition proceedings;
  • Trade mark invalidation and revocation proceedings;
  • Actions for breach of distribution, licensing and franchise agreements;
  • Claims for unlawful interference with contractual relations; and
  • Claims for wrongful use of confidential information.


Drew & Napier is consistently ranked Tier 1 for Intellectual Property by multiple publications. 

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2019 - Band 1 for 12 consecutive years

Senior Statesman:
Morris John

Leading Individual:      
Tony Yeo

Sources say the IP practice is a "powerhouse in Singapore with very talented lawyers, who think globally while acting locally". 

"The strength of the firm is the IP department, which is very efficient and whose turnaround time is fast."

The team is also praised for being "very attentiveto client needs, technically strong and good at project management," and are "very good at ensuring a seamless service", adding that:

"They are really lovely to deal with; very hospitable and well organised. Everything you would expect from a top firm."

"A strong IP practice that provides sound and practical advice." 

“The team is very responsive, knowledgeable and hard-working. Their grasp of details is impressive.”

“They are a very strong team, especially
 when it comes to contentious IP work.”

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Intellectual Property 2018 - Tier 1 for 19 consecutive years

Leading Lawyer:
Tony Yeo for 8 consecutive years

Recommended Lawyers:
Lim Siau Wen
Yvonne Tang

Next Generation Lawyer:
Meryl Koh for 2 consecutive years

“Drew & Napier LLC’s ‘tenacious’ team is ‘meticulous and strategic in providing advice, seeing the big picture while drilling down into the finer points’.”

"Drew & Napier is the best there is when it comes to litigation.”

“The lawyers at Drew & Napier LLC excel in their ‘knowledge of local legislation’ and litigation.”

“[Cecelia] is flexible in responding to clients’ needs.”

“[Tony] is excellent and experienced.”

“The ‘meticulous’ Meryl Koh is a ‘great strategist’.”

Managing Intellectual Property

World IP Survey 2018: Singapore - Leading IP firm for 19 consecutive years

Singapore Prosecution IP Firm of the Year 2018
Singapore Contentious IP Firm of the Year 2013 to 2017
Singapore IP Firm of the Year 2013

Ranked top tiers in the following areas: Patent Contentious; Trade mark Prosecution; Trade mark Contentious; Copyright

Leading firm in Patent Prosecution

IP Stars 2018:

Tony Yeo – Trade Mark Star and Patent Star in Patent litigation , Patent prosecution , Trade mark litigation , Trade mark prosecution

Lim Siau Wen - Trade Mark Star

“Definitely, a prominent team for any type of IP work”

“Tony is responsive, quick thinking and highly practical in his advice.”

“Tony [Yeo] is charming, knowledgeable, and has a knack of explaining things simply and in the context of the overall strategy. He is an effective litigator and is incisive in cross-examinations."

“Particularly forceful in IP litigation”

“They are hard-working, thorough and responsive, and understand well the client’s objectives and resolve disputes effectively and efficiently.

Asia IP 
Intellectual Property 2018 – Tier 1 for 7 consecutive years

Singapore Trade Mark Firm of the Year 2018

Singapore Patent Firm of the Year 2017 to 2018

Singapore Trade Mark Firm of the Year 2012 to 2016 

Ranked Tier 1 for Patent Contentious; Trade mark Prosecution; Trade mark Contentious; Copyright

Leading firm in Patent Prosecution

Patent Prosecution – Tier 1
Patent Contentious – Tier 1
Trade Mark Prosecution – Tier 1
Trade Mark Contentious – Tier 1

“Drew & Napier is a go-to firm for contentious IP work”
“Tony Yeo offers creative lawyering and business acumen.”

Asia IP Experts 2018 Endorsed Individuals:

Tony Yeo – Patents, Enforcement, Litigation, Pharma & Biotech
Lim Siau Wen – Trade Mark

2016 Endorsed Individuals:

Cecelia Girvin – Patents, Trade Mark, Copyright, Litigation
Morris John – Patents, Trade Mark, Copyright, Litigation

Asian Legal Business Magazine
Intellectual Property rankings 2018 (Singapore) – Tier 1 in the areas of Patents and Trademarks/Copyrights for 6 consecutive years

Asialaw Profiles
Intellectual Property 2016 to 2019 - Outstanding 
Intellectual Property 2013 to 2015 - Highly recommended

Market-Leading Lawyer:
Tony Yeo for 2 consecutive years

“The quality of work and service is excellent – a notch above most of the other (premium) law firms."

Sources say: “The IP team at Drew & Napier provides very high quality of work…They are timely in their responses and strategic in thinking and very knowledgeable in their specialist fields."

Who’s Who Legal
Intellectual Property 2018

Tony Yeo – Recommended individual for:
Patents (5 consecutive years)
Trademarks (2 consecutive years)
Life Sciences (8 consecutive years)

Intellectual Property 2017

Cecelia Girvin – Recommended individual for Trademarks

World Trade Mark Review 1000
Enforcement and Litigation (Gold band in 2018)
Prosecution and Strategy (Gold band in 2018) 

Endorsed Individuals:
Tony Yeo – Enforcement and Litigation
Lim Siau Wen – Enforcement and Litigation
Yvonne Tang – Prosecution and Strategy
Cecelia Girvin – Prosecution and Strategy 

“The balance in the team is amazing – to be so strong at both ends of the trademark scene is exceptional.

"Tony Yeo is another weapon in the team’s contentious arsenal; he is president of the Singapore group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property."

"Finally, the much-respected Yvonne Tang is an online virtuoso who specialises in recovery claims under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy."

"Joining the WTR 1000 for 2017, Lim Siau Wen orchestrates successful anti-counterfeiting raids on behalf of some of the world’s most recognisable brands."

"Meticulous portfolio manager Cecelia Girvin shores things up on the non-contentious side."

IAM Patent 1000 

Litigation and transactions – Gold band in 2018
Prosecution – Recommended in 2018

Endorsed Individuals:
Tony Yeo – litigation and transactions
Cecelia Girvin – prosecution

Drew & Napier’s “enviable share of the Singaporean patent prosecution market and its frequent appearances in the courtroom are testament to the trust accorded it by both Singaporean and foreign clients…”

“On an equal footing with the big global legal brands”, local player Drew & Napier casts a long shadow on Singapore’s patent landscape. 
"Consultant and all-rounder Cecelia Girvin dispenses invaluable, commercially on-point advice to the group’s host of household-name clients." 
"Life sciences captain Tony Yeo “keeps competitors on their toes” in hotly contested disputes between big pharma combatants."
“Drew & Napier is a name that comes up time and time again when people discuss Singapore’s greatest firms.”

Best Lawyers International
Intellectual Property 2018

Leading Individuals:
Morris John (Lawyer of the Year - 2016 edition)

The Asian Lawyer
Emerging Markets Awards 2015

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