After having worked in a e-commerce company for more than 4 years, Wai Yeng entered the legal field by joining the patent practice of a top Singapore law firm. Subsequently she worked in a Singapore law firm with regional presence in South East Asia as the IP Manager where she managed the IP portfolio of clients across multiple jurisdictions mainly in the ASEAN region.
Wai Yeng has lived in Myanmar, where she managed the intellectual property practice of the largest foreign law firm and supported rights owners in relation to the enforcement, border control, due diligence and protection of trademark rights.
She is a member of the Examination Committee which is appointed to prepare and mark qualifying examination papers for the Singapore Patent Agents Qualifying Examination.
As the Adviser for Southeast Asia Regional Intellectual Property Business and Trade at the British High Commission in Singapore, Christabel Koh represents the UK IP Office, focusing on providing IP support to British businesses. She works closely with the Department of International Trade and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office as well as the UK-ASEAN Business Council and the British Chambers of Commerce in the region.
Before this new appointment in 2019, Christabel was appointed as the IP Attaché to SE Asia in 2013 by the UK Government. As part of the IP attachés network that spans China, India, Brazil and SE Asia, the network is central to the government’s plans to improve IP and trade relations. In her five years, she coordinated the overall business and government engagement programme for the region and was responsible for various IP and related initiatives to promote UK’s world class IP system and the UK’s commitment to ASEAN through partnerships.
Prior to working for the UK Government, Christabel spent six years at the IP Office of Singapore and the IP Academy, last serving as an Assistant Director of Special Projects. In her roles she focused on international cooperation, IP capacity building and monitored IP
developments. She also co-founded Just Tee It in 2007, an online golf portal. Her roles covered product development, marketing and enhancing customers’ online experience.
She holds a Diploma in Quality Engineering & Management from Temasek Polytechnic, Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Nanyang Technological University and Master of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation from NTU and University of Washington.