Name

NG Siew Kuan, Elizabeth
 
 
Designation

Associate Professor
 
Qualifications

LL.M. (First Class)(Cambridge), LL.B. (Hons)(London), Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple, England); Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)
 
Appointment(s)

  • Deputy Chairwoman, Centre for Law and Business
  • Director (Intellectual Property Unit), Centre for Law and Business
  • Director, Graduate Certificate of Intellectual Property Program (GCIP)
  • Intellectual Property Adjudicator, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • External Academic Adviser on Intellectual Property, City University of Hong Kong Law School (China)
  • Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, University of Cambridge (UK)
Email Address: lawngsk@nus.edu.sg
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3575 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

FED-02-16
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
 
Research Interests

Intellectual property law,
Biotechnology Law,
Patent law, public health and information technology
 

Subjects Taught

Intellectual Property Law
Biotechnology Law
Global Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights
Foundations in Intellectual Property Law
 

Brief Biodata

Associate Professor Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng is the Deputy Chairwoman and Director of Intellectual Property at the Centre for Law & Business and the Director of the Graduate Certificate in IP (GCIP) program, at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Law School. She has served as amicus curiae to the Singapore Court of Appeal on Intellectual Property matters and is an IP Adjudicator of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. Elizabeth is also the External Academic Adviser on Intellectual Property at the City University of Hong Kong Law School (China), a member of the Advisory Committee and the Institutional Review Board, of Temasek Polytechnic School of Applied Sciences (Singapore) and a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society.

A Barrister-at-Law of the Middle Temple (England) and an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, she graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the University of London's Queen Mary College where she was awarded the Sweet & Maxwell Law prize and Faculty of Law prize. She later obtained a Master of Laws with First Class from the University of Cambridge on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship where she was awarded the Clough prize.

She was formerly a consultant of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Geneva) and has held visiting appointments at various international organizations and research institutes etc. including the Max Planck Institute of Intellectual Property (Munich); US Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit (Washington DC); and EAIEL ICT Research Network (University of Hong Kong, China).

Professor Ng is a pioneer of many IP modules at the NUS Law School including the Law of Intellectual Property, Biotechnology Law, Global Exploitation of Intellectual Property Rights and Foundations of Intellectual Property Law. She has also pioneered the Principles of Intellectual Property and Principles of Biotechnology Law modules which were taught to engineering and biomedical science students at NUS. Prof Ng also supervises IP research candidates in the NUS PhD programs.

A frequent speaker at international IP conferences she has delivered more than 90 papers in countries including Australia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Thailand. Prof Ng has published books, articles and commissioned studies (including two commissioned by the WIPO on Impact of the International Patent System on Developing Countries (2003) (published in 6 languages), as well as, the Effective Use of Patent Related Flexibilities and Implementation at the National or Regional Levels in Selected Asian Countries (2011, rev 2013). Some selected publications include "Patenting Human Genes: Wherein lies the balance between private rights and public access in India and the United States?" (2015) 11 Indian Journal of Law and Technology 1-51; "Smartphone Patent Litigation: Lessons from the Apple-Samsung Saga" (2014) Journal of Intellectual Property 1-25; "ASEAN IP Harmonization: Striking the delicate balance" [2013] Pace International Law Review 101-131; "Evolving landscape of patent remedies in a changing marketplace" (2012)24 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 634-668; "The impact of the bilateral US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement on Singapore's post-TRIPS Patent Regime in the Context of Pharmaceuticals" (2010) International Trade Law & Regulation 121-128; "Global health and development: patents and public interest" in Pogge, Rimmer & Rubenstein, Incentives for Global Public Health (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 101-135; "Immoral inventions: Interaction between ethics and biotechnology patent law" (2010) 22 Singapore Academy Law Journal 931-947; "Patent Trolling: Innovation at Risk" [2009] European Intellectual Property Review 593-608

As the principal investigator of several IP research projects, she has also organized major public IP conferences including those convened in conjunction with IP Week @ SG and SG50. Examples include the Framing Intellectual Property Law in the 21st Century: Integrating Incentive, Trade, Development, Culture and Human Rights conference (2014), the IP Interoperability in ASEAN & Beyond conference (2015), the International Intellectual Property Law: Pathways to Interoperability symposium (2016). currently working on several IP research and book projects, such as, the Framing Intellectual Property Law in the 21st Century: Integrating incentives, trade, development, culture and human rights (with Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss, NYU Law School, USA) and International Intellectual Property and the ASEAN Way: Pathways to Interoperability (with Graeme Austin, Melbourne University, Australia & Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand).


Representative Publications

1. Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng, Effective use of patent related flexibilities and their implementation at the national or regional level in selected Asian countries (2011) (Study commissioned by the WIPO) (60 pages).

2. Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng, "The impact of the bilateral US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement on Singapore's post-TRIPS Patent Regime in the Context of Pharmaceuticals" (2010) International Trade Law & Regulation 119-126.

3. Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng, "Global health and development: patents and public interest" (Chapter 4; 101-132) in Pogge, Rimmer & Rubenstein, Incentives for Global Public Health - Patent law an access to essential medicines (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

4. Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng, "Immoral inventions: Interaction between ethics and biotechnology patent law" (2010) Singapore Academy Law Journal.

5. Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng, "Patent Trolling: Innovation at Risk" [2009] European Intellectual Property Review 593-608.

6. Elizabeth Siew-Kuan Ng, "Balancing Patents and Access to Medicine" (2009) Singapore Academy of Law Journal 457-484.

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