Singapore’s intellectual property chief is poised to head the global intellectual property office, after becoming the first Singaporean to be nominated to helm a United Nations agency. Mr Daren Tang has received the nomination to become the next director-general of the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo), which shapes global rules for intellectual property and oversees patents. If confirmed in the job, Mr Tang, the chief executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Ipos), will be the first Singaporean to assume a top role in a UN organisation.

The Wipo post represents a natural transition for Mr Tang, given the way in which Ipos under him has transformed the intellectual property scene here. Ipos moved from being a registry and regulator to becoming an innovation agency that helps to build the economy. That enlargement reflects the evolving role of intellectual property rights in an economy dependent on creativity.

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