Qualifications

  • LL.B., University of New South Wales, Australia (2007)
  • B.Com. (Accounting) (Distinction), University of New South Wales, Australia (2007)
  • Admitted as an Australian Lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales (2008)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar in (2011)

Meryl is a litigator and a Director in both the Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property (IP) Departments. Meryl is one of the leading up-and-coming practitioners in litigation in Singapore and is well respected amongst her peers. Particularly well-versed in contentious corporate disputes, IP, media, gaming and technology as well as Domain Name disputes, Meryl is the first port of call for timely practical and commercial advice as well as strong advocacy in these areas.

Meryl’s distinctive competency leads her to act in many complex litigation and arbitrations concerning IP infringement as well as civil, corporate and commercial matters involving contractual disputes, defamation, breach of director’s duties and employment law. Many of her clients include high net worth individuals, listed companies as well as renowned international and household names in the hospitality, media, F&B, technology, agriculture, resources, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

Meryl graduated with a double degree, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) (Distinction) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in 2007.

Meryl was admitted as an Australian Lawyer in 2008. She joined Drew & Napier in 2008 as an International Lawyer and was called to the Singapore Bar in January 2011.

In 2019, Meryl was appointed to the panel of experts (“Expert Panellist”) for the World IP Organisation’s (“WIPO”) Fast-Track Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Procedure for Consumer Fairs. She is also a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

Here is a sample of the matters which Meryl has been involved in:

  1. Representing IIa Technologies Pte Ltd, an industry leader and manufacturer of lab-grown diamonds with the largest diamond growing facility in the world, in a patent infringement suit commenced by Element Six Technologies Ltd, a subsidiary of the De Beers Group (HC/ Suit No. 26/2016). The Suit included a counterclaim by IIa Technologies Pte Ltd to revoke Element Six Technologies Ltd’s patents in the Singapore High Court. The Suit was heard over a 7 week trial in two tranches. The Court of Appeal is due to hear this matter in March 2021 (CA 41 of 2020; CA 96 of 2020).

  2. Currently representing a leading private education chain in a private prosecution for copyright infringement of media/digital works.

  3. Currently representing a leading fitness content creator and YouTube personality in defamation and harassment proceedings (PHC/DC 2/2021).
  4. Represented TWG Tea Company Pte Ltd (“TWG Tea”), a subsidiary of public listed OSIM International Ltd and a home-grown international brand famous for its luxury tea boutiques and salons in HC/S799/2017 and wrestled ownership of TWG Tea’s Domain Name from a former office holder. This Suit also involved allegations of malicious falsehood and conspiracy against TWG Tea and its incumbent office holders. On 3 May 2019, the High Court rendered Judgment in favour of TWG Tea for its claims for its Domain Name and dismissed all of the Defendant’s counterclaims.

  5. Represented an ultra-high net worth individual in an action concerning defamation, malicious falsehood and disputes involving shareholdings in an Indonesian listed company worth over US$1 billion. The action resulted in an unprecedented award of damages for malicious falsehood and defamation of over SG$130 million in total. (Court of Appeal case of Low Tuck Kwong v Sukamto Sia [2013] SGCA 61).

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Intellectual Property 2021 – Next Generation Lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Dispute Resolution 2017 – Recommended Lawyer

“Meryl Koh is sharp and appropriately aggressive lawyer whom you will want on your side. Possessing good commercial sense and great depth of knowledge as subject matter experts, she will be able to value-add by strategising approaches for the best outcomes. First-class lawyer.”

Sources say that Meryl is noted for “her great eye for detail, as well as an ability to see the big picture”
The ‘meticulous’ Meryl Koh is a ‘great strategist.’”

Who’s Who Legal
Life Sciences 2021 – Recommended Lawyer for Patent Litigation

Meryl Koh is “at the top of the list for patent litigators”.

Asian Legal Business
Identified as one of 40 bright legal minds in the region under the age of 40 – “40 Under 40 list” (October 2019 issue)

Meryl is described as “simply first-rate. She makes it a point to acquire complete mastery of the case, including the evidence, arguments and the law, no matter how complex the matter is.”

World Trade Mark Review 1000
Enforcement and Litigation 2021 – Bronze band for 2 consecutive years

Meryl is a “virtuoso in civil and commercial litigation”.

“With civil and commercial matters her forte, contractual disputes and defamation are also [Meryl’s] strong suit.”

Praised for being “detailed and methodical”, Meryl can “analyse issues from a strategical and legal perspective and is often able to lend a commercial angle to matters as well”.

Meryl Koh is a “brilliant lawyer who tailors her service to the requirements of the task at hand.”

IAM Patent 1000
Litigation 2021 – Silver band; Bronze band in 2020

“Meryl provides sage IP advice on complex IP matters which are part of global litigation strategies. I trust her advice and she always brings fresh ideas and strategies to the table.”

“In terms of her approach, [Meryl] is thorough, details-oriented, and always well prepared. In terms of her advice and work product, it is crisp, pragmatic and commercial – clearly drawing on her years of experience.”

“I sleep well at night knowing that Meryl Koh is at the wheel on Singapore IP matters.”

"Meryl [is] the attorney to have on speed dial when a complex IP issue arises and you want pragmatic legal advice.”

IFLR Rising Stars Awards Asia-Pacific 2021
Practice Area Awards: Litigation – Rising Star
Jurisdiction Awards: Singapore – Rising Star

Prestige Singapore Magazine
Featured as an accomplished industry leader under the age of 40 in the annual 40 under 40 report (September 2017 issue)

Singapore Business Review 
Singapore’s 70 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2016 – Listed lawyer

Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 
Nominated as a Rising Star for IP in 2020 and 2016

  • Expert panellist for WIPO’s Fast-Track Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Procedure for Consumer Fairs
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Board of Directors, EB Impact
  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law
  • Standing Committee on IP and Green Technology, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Clearinghouse, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Volunteer, Scheme Arbitration Committee, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Mentor Volunteer, Relational Mentorship, and PracMentor Scheme, The Law Society of Singapore
  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Advisory Clinic, Glyph
  • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) Singapore Group
  • Member, Intellectual Property Practice Committee, The Law Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Law Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Academy of Law

Meryl also contributed to various legal publications, guides and precedents concerning intellectual property and dispute resolution. These include but are not limited to:

  • Co-authored the Brunei Chapter of Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Throughout the World 2021.
  • Co-authored the Singapore Chapter in The Legal 500 Patent Litigation Country Comparative Guide 2020.
  • Contributing author for Asia IP’s article on how brand owners were successful in their disputes against trademark infringers (“Defeating trademark infringers”) (30 September 2020).
  • Co-authored the Singapore International Chamber of Commerce’s position paper on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging in Singapore (23 September 2020).
  • Contributing author for Asia IP’s cover story on significant trademark enforcement law and regulation changes in Singapore (“Birds of Fake”) (30 June 2020).
  • Co-authored the Singapore Chapter in the 2019/2020 LexisNexis’ Dispute Resolution Law Guide.
  • Co-authored an article for Straits Times Supplement, Digital Life, on Defamation on the Internet (“Be Careful, Not Sorry”) (August 2009).
  • Co-authored an article for Straits Times Supplement, Digital Life, on Copyright Issues in Home-made Productions (“Watch What you Post”) (August 2009).
  • LexisNexis Guides and IP/IT Modules, Practitioners’ Tool Kit for LawNet (the leading online legal resource in Singapore for case and precedent research), the Wolters Kluwer Manual of Industrial Property (Brunei Chapters on IP law), and the Katsarov’s Manual on Industrial Property.
  • “Singapore IP Strategy 2030 & IP Arbitration” Webinar – (Organised by Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC)), 25 June 2021
  • “Preparing for Agenda 2030. Sustainable Public Procurement - adding the environment to the equation” and “Women Lawyers Unlimited” Sessions, IPBA Virtual Conference 2021 – (Organised by Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)), 15 to 19 June 2021
  • “Getting to Net Zero: Sustainability Bonds” – Virtual Conference – (Organised by esela – The legal network for social impact), 18 March 2021
  • “IP101 - Introduction to Intellectual Property - Rights, Protection, Enforcement” Webinar – (Organised by Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC)), 12 March 2021
  • “Industry 4.0 - Patent filing trends, developments and case studies” Webinar – (Organised by Drew & Napier), 17 December 2020
  • “Mediation for IP and Technology Disputes” Webinar – (Organised by The Law Society of Singapore and WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center), 9 November 2020
  • “Advocacy Workshop on Questioning of Expert Witnesses in International Arbitration” – (Organised by Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA)), 3 to 5 September 2020
  • “IP concerns during COVID-19: some thoughts for businesses” video content for IP Week @ SG 2020 – (Organised by Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)), 25 to 27 August 2020