Audrey Yap is Managing Partner of Yusarn Audrey , a regional ASEAN practice headquartered in Singapore . She is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore and Malaysia and a solicitor of England & Wales. She is also a Registered Patent Agent in Singapore and Notary Public.
Audrey was a founding board member of LES Singapore in 1999/2000 and served as its national President from 2011-2013.
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, in WTR 1000as top trademark professional, a WIPR Leader (Singapore) , Asia Law ‘s 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. She serves as independent director for listed company and is a member of Singapore’s Institute of Directors.
Audrey’s work as WIPO’s external expert spans nearly two decades. 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 her work 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. Today the ITSO network spans 100 .
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.