Meryl is a litigator and a Director in both the Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property departments.
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.
Meryl’s principal areas of practice are general civil and commercial litigation, and intellectual property litigation. As a specialist in intellectual property and civil and commercial litigation, she has assisted in many complex matters including numerous patent infringement cases as well as civil and commercial cases involving contractual disputes, defamation, breach of director’s duties and employment law.
Here is a sample of the matters which Meryl has been involved in:
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.
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.
- Represented Becton Dickinson Medical (S) Pte Ltd ("Becton Dickinson"), a global leading medical technology company, in a patent infringement suit commenced by B. Braun Melsungen AG ("B. Braun") in HC/Suit 655/2018, in relation to medical catheters. Becton Dickinson had also resisted B Braun’s application to amend its patent in Suit and had counterclaimed for, inter alia, a declaration of non-infringement and a declaration that B. Braun’s patent is invalid.
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  SGCA 61).
Represented a well-established healthcare and wellness company in the Singapore High Court involving shareholder disputes involving claims of over S$20m and successfully defended a winding up petition in a related action
- Advising an Israel-based company in relation to a dispute concerning agreements for the purchase of cryptocurrency tokens.
The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Intellectual Property 2019 – Next Generation Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Dispute Resolution 2017 – Recommended 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.’”
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.”
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 2016
Meryl also contributed to various legal publications, guides and precedents concerning intellectual property and dispute resolution. These include but are not limited to:
- 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.
- Co-authored the Singapore Chapter in the 2019/2020 LexisNexis’ Dispute Resolution Law Guide.
- Co-authored the Singapore Chapter in the The Legal 500 Patent Litigation Country Comparative Guide 2020.
- 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).