Director of patents, designs and plant varieties
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Sharmaine Wu is director of patents, designs and plant varieties at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). She led the launch of SG Patent Fast Track, a pilot programme to accelerate grants of patent applications in all technology fields in as fast as six months. Prior to this, she served as director of IP management and markets at IPOS, where she created a new department to lead the development of IP monetisation at the office. In this role, she helped to launch programmes including an IP-centric private equity fund and a partnership with Lloyd’s Asia on IP insurance.