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Dr Stanley Lai SCHead of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice, Co-Head of the Cybersecurity & Data Protection Practice and Partner of the Litigation and Disputes Department
Allen & Gledhill LLP

BiographyDr Stanley Lai, SC is the first Singapore-born lawyer to be conferred a PhD in Law from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He wrote his PhD thesis on software copyright protection. Stanley is an experienced commercial litigator and in addition to specializing in IP and IT disputes, also maintains a strong advisory practice for matters relating to IP, IT, licensing, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and data protection. Stanley was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, a position he has held since 2013. He is also a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre IP Panel and serves on the Singapore Copyright Tribunal. He was awarded the Public Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat) at the Singapore National Day Awards 2020. On 31 August 2022, Stanley received the Singapore Academy of Law Merit Award, a pentennial award that is given to individuals who have served in promoting the objectives of the Singapore Academy of Law. In 2022, Stanley was listed by Asian Legal Business as one of the top 15 IP lawyers in Asia. Most recently, Stanley was named Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year at The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2023.