Yvonne Tang

Director, Intellectual Property

Key Practices


  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar (1999)
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (2004)

Yvonne actively practices in all aspects of Intellectual Property (IP) work. She has numerous years of experience in IP matters, having devoted her entire legal career to the IP field, and her clients include multinational and local companies alike.

On contentious IP matters, Yvonne’s key areas include trade marks and copyright infringement, and passing off. She is regularly involved in trade mark opposition proceedings, and has handled criminal raids of counterfeit goods as well as domain name recovery claims under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (SDRP).

Yvonne’s legal experience extends to trade mark and patent registration, searches and strategic advisory work, as well as corporate IP matters, such as the drafting and review of licensing and franchise agreements relating to IP assets.

Yvonne has lectured on international trade mark law at the National University of Singapore. She also contributed to a number of articles on IP, including Atkin’s Court Forms – Singapore (Issue 15), Copyright, Lexis Nexis.

Yvonne is co-Editor of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”) e-newsletter Group, and a member of the Executive Committee of the APAA, Singapore Group, and the Institute of Singapore Trade Mark Agents. She is also a Certified Patent Analyst.

Yvonne has handled various matters in court. Here is a sampling of her high profile matters:

  • adidas International Marketing BV v Lutong Enterprise Corp, HC/TA15/2018 (unreported) – Successfully represented adidas in an appeal to the High Court, against the opposition decision of the Trade Marks Registry. In this publicised case, not only was adidas successful in blocking the other party’s application of a trade mark that was similar to the adidas mark, the High Court recognised that the adidas mark was a well-known trade mark in Singapore.
  • Scotch Whisky Association vs Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd [2019] SGHC 200 – Represented Isetan in the Trade Marks Registry and High Court, in defending trade mark opposition proceedings brought based on geographical indication rights claimed over “Tartan”.
  • Hai Tong Co (Pte) Ltd v Ventree Singapore Pte Ltd and another appeal [2013] SGCA 260 – Successfully assisted in representing Hai Tong in the High Court and Court of Appeal in a trade mark infringement / passing-off action against Ventree Singapore Pte Ltd and SKY (sued as a firm), to stop them from infringing Hai Tong’s “Rose Lady” mark by using the mark “Lady Rose” for the same products.
  • Virtual Map (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Singapore Land Authority and Anr [2009] SGCA 2 – Successfully assisted in representing Singapore Land Authority in the High Court and Court of Appeal. In this highly publicised case, Yvonne assisted in defending SLA in Virtual Map’s appeal against judgments that its online maps infringed SLA’s copyright. This matter was one of Asia IP’s Landmarks of the Year: The Cases and Decisions Making Headlines in 2008.
  • Future Enterprises Pte Ltd v McDonald’s Corporation [2007] SGCA 18 – Successfully assisted in defending McDonald’s in an appeal to the Court of Appeal. Future applied to register the “MacCoffee” mark but McDonald’s had an earlier registration for “McCAFE”.

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Intellectual Property 2021 – Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years

“Yvonne is commended for her knowledge of patent law”

Managing Intellectual Property

Trademark 2020 – IP Star for 2 consecutive years

Voted as Top 250 Women in IP in 2020

Asialaw Profiles

Property 2018 – Recommended Individual

“Yvonne Tang’s “legal knowledge and meticulous approach” (is) prized by clients.”

World Trade Mark Review 1000

Enforcement and Litigation 2020 – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

Prosecution and Strategy 2020 – Recommended Lawyer

Transactions 2020 – Recommended Lawyer

Yvonne Tang is commended as an “all-rounder” and “invaluable asset” in the squad. “Her advice is always comprehensive, in tune with business goals and objectives and delivered with lightning responsiveness.“

The much-respected Yvonne Tang is an online virtuoso who specialises in recovery claims under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.”

Yvonne Tang is always in high demand among the fashion and luxury crowd. She performs with alacrity on a mix of registration, brand management, civil and criminal infringement and opposition matters.”

IAM Patent 1000

Prosecution 2020 – Silver band

Transactions 2020 – Recommended Lawyer

“A certified patent valuation analyst, Tang regularly serves up discerning IP strategy guidance to her dedicated roster of clients”

“On the non-contentious front, Yvonne Tang tends to the global IP portfolios of foreign and local multinationals. As certified IP valuation analyst, [she is] also the best lawyer to consult about IP commercialisation”

Women in Business Law Expert Guide

World’s Leading Female Lawyers 2020 – Listed lawyer

Singapore Business Review

Singapore’s 40 Most Influential Lawyers aged 40 and under 2015 – Listed lawyer

  • Assessor, Panel of Assessors for COVID-19 Temporary Relief, Ministry of Law
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • Member of Institute of Singapore Trade Mark Agents (ISTMA)