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Audrey Yap

Audrey Yap

Presidenta | LES Internacional


Managing Partner and Head of the IP Department of Yusarn Audrey, a regional ASEAN practise headquartered in Singapore.

She is well known amongst her clients and peers as an astute IP lawyer and strategist, helping to shape her clients’ IP portfolios and design worldwide IP strategies to better extract value from their IP assets.

Audrey has been listed consecutively for 12 years running as one of the World’s Leading IP strategist in London based surveys for IAM 250 and subsequently IAM 300 (2012), from 2009 to date 2020.

Audrey has been named as one of the best practitioners in Euromoney’s Women in Business Law, WTR 1000 top trademark professional, WIPR Leader (Singapore), and Asia Law Market Leading Lawyer and one of Singapore’s leading lawyers in Who’s Who Legal.

Audrey has served as Member, Board of Directors, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore since 2015 to date. She was appointed Board member of Enterprise Singapore, an agency under the Ministry of trade & Industry 2018-2020.

Audrey’s work as WIPO’s external expert spans over a decade. Audrey first served as the Regional Consultant (IP) to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) from 2004 to 2006 to design and head up a study involving IP as an economic tool for ASEAN where she provided expert advice and support to the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Working Group on IP Cooperation (AWGIPC). Audrey was selected by WIPO to serve on a high level expert panel in 2015 on International Technology Transfer in Geneva under the WIPO Development Agenda framework.

She also served as an external expert for the European Patent Office (EPO) under the EC-ASEAN IP Cooperation Programme in 2004.

Audrey continues to serve as IP expert and consultant for various EU Trade related Technical assistance Programmes (EUTRTA) and WIPO supported initiatives in China, Vietnam, Philippines, Brunei and Thailand. Audrey was also appointed in 2011 under a trade related project funded by European Union as the expert assisting IPO Philippines in a national project in developing the model for Innovation & Tech support offices (ITSOs aka PatLib in other countries) . This was implemented throughout the country and Audrey providing training for initial 28 Philippines Universities & research Institutes involved.

She is an Adjunct Fellow of the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore and was an examiner for the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) for the Patents Agents qualifying exams for several years.

In 2012, Audrey served on IPOS Steering Committee on a National IP Competency Framework as well as on the IP Sub Committee on “Developing a vibrant market place for IP transactions and commercialisation” for the purpose of the IP Hub Master Plan for Singapore, launched in March 2013. Audrey served on Innovation and Enterprise Industry Expert Panel for the National Research Foundation (NRF) under Prime Minister’s office of Singapore 2014/2015.

Areas of Practice

Audrey’s area of practice includes advising her clients on Intellectual Capital management and aligning a company’s IP portfolio with its commercialisation strategy; advising on the management, protection and enforcement of all intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, industrial designs and copyright; intellectual property licensing, franchising, technology transfer, securitization of IP assets and crafting of appropriate IP policies. She also files and prosecutes patent, trademark and industrial design applications both nationally and internationally.

Audrey has acted for a variety of local and foreign companies and institutions including listed and private companies, multi-national corporations, government linked companies, hospitals, research institutes, pharmaceutical and medical apparatus companies, large public cooperatives, technology companies, venture capitalists, foreign and local law firms and individuals.


Audrey is a much sought after speaker at several local and international business and legal seminars and conferences.


Member, Board of Directors, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

Member, Board of Directors, Enterprise Singapore

President, Licensing Executives Society International

Chair, SMEC Technology, Innovation & Productivity Sub-committee, Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

Recommended Individual, World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR)

Independent Director, listed company Old Chang Kee Ltd

Member, Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC)

President, Licensing Executives Society (Singapore) (2011/2013)

Chair, Asia Pacific Committee, Licensing Executives Society International (2010 – 2012)

Legal Counsel, Licensing Executives Society International Board (2013/2014)

Treasurer and Exco Member, Association of Singapore Patent Agents (2007/ 2009)

Council Member, Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME) (2010/2013)

Singapore representative, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (Singapore Group)

Chairman, Singapore Prestige Brand Awards (2012/2013)

Adjunct Fellow, IP Academy of Singapore

Member, International Trademark Association (INTA)

Member, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN IPA)

Legal Counsel & Member, Franchising and Licensing Association Singapore (FLA)

Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Member, Law Society of Singapore

Member, Singapore Academy of Law