Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Mr Daren Tang has been the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) since 15 November 2015. Under his leadership, IPOS has evolved from an intellectual property (IP) registry and regulatorto an agency that uses its expertise and networks to build Singapore as a place where innovative enterprises use intangible assets to grow. Over the course of this transformation, IPOS has earned the accolade of Asia’s most innovative IP office from the World Trademark Review (WTR) in 2019.
Mr Tang currently holds key positions in several national-level, IP and innovation-related committees. He was elected in 2017 as Chairperson of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, a first for a Singaporean, where he leads discussions on developments to the global copyright regime.
He also sits on the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Strategy Committee, under the Prime Minister’s Office, which oversees the development of Singapore’s R&D sector. He was a member of the Innovation and Capability Sub-Committee of the Committee on the Future Economy, which set out the direction for the transformation and development of Singapore’s future economy. In 2016, he was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his service to the nation.
Mr Tang led IP negotiations for Singapore in three major free trade agreements: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, and the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA). In the TPP, Mr Tang was Chairman and responsible for the overall IP negotiations among the 12 negotiating parties.
Prior to joining IPOS, Mr Tang was Senior State Counsel with the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General’s Chambers, where he advised the Singapore Government on a number of complex international law issues. Mr Tang holds a LL.B (2nd Upper, Hons) from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, and an LL.M (with distinction) from the Georgetown University Law Centre, where he was a Fellow of the Institute of International Economic Law. He attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2013.Mr. Tang is an avid music lover, and plays jazz piano in his spare time. He also enjoys tea and has published a book on the history and development of modern tea culture.