World IP Day 2018 Celebration – Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity

Each year on 26 April, World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated to learn about the role that IP rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

On 24 April, World IP Day celebrations in Singapore launched with an engaging panel program on “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.”  The celebration was attended and organised by the Intellectual Property Attachés representing the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI) France, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). 

This year’s World IP Day campaign celebrated the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who drive change across the globe and shape our common future. Opening remarks were given by Singapore, featured opening remarks by H.E. Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner in Singapore, and Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Singapore, followed by two panel discussions that engaged, educated and inspired event attendees.

H.E. Scott Wightman, British Commissioner in Singapore

Stephanie Syptak-Ramnath, U.S. Charge d'Affaires Singapore

In the first panel, stories of strength and support were told by 5 panelists, including: Constance Mandefield, CEO of Alcheme; Laura Wynter, Master Inventor at IBM; Jessica Waye, Senior Legal Counsel at P&G; Kristy Castleton, Founder of Rebel & Soul; Yvon Bock, Founder of Hegen. This panel was moderated by Kitisri Sukhapinda, Region IP Attache for Southeast Asia, USPTO. 

Panel 1 sharing inspirational stories

The second panel featured Eileen Chan, Co-Founder of, an SGTech member company. Other panellists included:  Anne Lehman, CEO of Pickcell Lab; Victoria Thompson, Founder of Curatrix; Lyn Rosmarin, Founder of K-BLU. This panel was moderated by Seth Hays, Chief Representative APAC, INTA. 

Eileen Chan, Co-Founder of

Panel 2 Watching a Presentation

The annual celebration serves as a recognition of womens accomplishments and contributions to the society, and highlights how the intellectual property (IP) system can support innovation and creativity.  Closing remarks were made by Denis Croze, Director of WIPO Singapore Office. Emphasizing the key role innovative and creative women have played in driving advancement in science, technology, business and the arts, Mr. Croze highlighted the importance of IP today.  

Denis Croze, Director, WIPO Singapore Office

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Published May 2018