Audrey Yap Su Ming, appointed as our Independent Director on 24 July 2014, is the managing partner of Intellectual Property ("IP") specialist & Commercial law firm, Yusarn Audrey. Yusarn Audrey has offices in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia and collaboration partner offices in Europe.
Known as one of Singapore's outstanding IP experts, Audrey has an international reputation, and has received numerous awards for her role in shaping IP portfolios of companies and industries for value and monetisation, and advising countries on IP policies. Audrey is a qualified lawyer in Singapore and Malaysia, a solicitor of England and Wales, a registered patent agent in Singapore and a Notary Public.
In 2018, Audrey was named as Asia Law's Market Leading lawyer for IP, and named as one of Singapore's Leading Trademark Professional in World Trademark Reporter. Audrey is the only lawyer in Singapore who has been named one of the World's Leading IP Strategists in a London based survey conducted by IAM magazine for 10 consecutive years, from 2009 till 2018. Audrey's past accolades include being listed as one of Singapore's leading lawyers in 2008 Who's Who Legal, and one of the top Women Business lawyers in Singapore in Euromoney.
Audrey is a Board Member of Enterprise Singapore, Ministry of Trade and Industry Singapore; a Member of the Board of Directors in IP Office of Singapore ("IPOS"); an Adjunct Fellow with the IP Academy of Singapore and a Director of IPOS International, a subsidiary of IPOS.
She is also the Chairman of the SMEC Innovation Committee, Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Council Member of the Workforce Advancement Federation (WAF) and Legal Advisor to the Franchise & License Association (FLA).
Audrey was the regional consultant for the World Intellectual Property Organisation ("WIPO"), a UN specialised agency from 2004-2006 to look at harnessing IP for growth for ASEAN. 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.
In 2012, Audrey served on the 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.