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 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:
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 January 2021.
Currently representing a leading private education chain in a private prosecution for copyright infringement of media/digital works.
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 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).
Advising an Israel-based company in relation to an arbitration dispute under SIAC Rules concerning agreements for the purchase of cryptocurrency tokens.
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.’”
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
2020 endorsed individual for Enforcement and Litigation
Meryl Koh is a “brilliant lawyer who tailors her service to the requirements of the task at hand.”
IAM Patent 1000
Ranked bronze band in Litigation in 2020
“Meryl [is] the attorney to have on speed dial when a complex IP issue arises and you want pragmatic legal advice.”
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
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 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).
- 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.