Established in 1993, Ravindran Associates LLP is a boutique IP law firm based in Singapore and provides the following services:

IP Registration & Strategy

  • Pre-filing trademark, patent and registered design searching, watching, clearance and investigation services
  • Opinions on the availability and registrability of IP rights
  • Conducting national trademark, patent and design filing, international trademark, patent and design filing, prosecution and registration in Singapore and around the world
Dispute Resolution

  • IP litigation before the Registry, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal
  • Trade mark oppositions, and the invalidation or revocation of registrable IP rights
  • Domain name dispute resolution

IP Enforcement

  • Offline investigations, including market surveys and surveillance on suspected targets
  • Online investigations, including market intelligence and monitoring of the online space, including websites, social media platforms, e-commerce marketplaces, mobile application stores and search engines
  • Conducting raids and criminal prosecutions with enforcement authorities and assisting brands in goods authentication
  • Close cooperation with enforcement authorities to detect and detain counterfeit goods being transhipped through Singapore
  • Providing training and awareness, including lobbying with government agencies and working with rights holders to educate the public
  • Working with our trusted associates to provide a comprehensive enforcement package in the region
IP Management & Commercialization

  • IP audits and due diligence in support of commercial transactions such as raising capital, JVs, M&As or other collaborations
  • Creating, managing, evaluating and maintaining IP portfolios and policies for SMEs and start-ups
  • Preparation of domestic and international franchises, licenses, confidentiality, distributorship and dealership agreements
  • Branding and valuation of IP rights
  • Advising on various aspects of technology transfer, and drafting and reviewing agreements to develop, license, procure or finance IP rights
  • Advising on and drafting employee IP manuals and IP policies for businesses to cater for today’s digital environment

Notary and oath services

  • Administering oaths and affirmations in respect of statutory declarations or affidavits for use in the Singapore Courts
  • Certification of true copies of documents

Some of the notable cases which Ravindran Associates LLP has been involved in:

  1. Trademarks
    • Louis Vuitton Malletier v Megastar Shipping Pte Ltd (PT Alvenindo Sukses Ekspress, third party) and other suits [2017] SGHC 305
    • Calvin Klein, Inc and another v HS International Pte Ltd and others [2016] 5 SLR 1183
    • Rovio Entertainment Ltd v Kimanis Food Industries Sdn Bhd [2015] 5 SLR 618
    • Sarika Connoisseur Cafe Pte Ltd v Ferrero SpA [2013] 1 SLR 531
    • P. T. Swakarya Indah Busana v Haniffa Pte Ltd and another [2012] SGHC 69
    • Wing Joo Loong Ginseng Hong (Singapore) Co Pte Ltd v Qinghai Xinyuan Foreign Trade Co Ltd and another and another appeal [2009] 2 SLR(R) 814
    • Weir Warman Ltd v Research & Development Pty Ltd [2007] 2 SLR(R) 1073
    • Nation Fittings (M) Sdn Bhd v Oystertec plc and another suit [2006] 1 SLR(R) 712
  2. Patents
    • Sun Electric Pte Ltd v Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and others [2017] SGHC 232
    • National University Hospital (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Cicada Cube Pte Ltd [2017] SGHC 53
    • Ship's Equipment Centre Bremen GmbH v Fuji Trading (Singapore) Pte Ltd and others and another suit [2015] 4 SLR 781

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Tel: (65) 6336 6990

Mr M. Ravindran
(Managing Partner)

Founder and Managing Partner, Mr M. Ravindran is highly experienced in assisting domestic and international clients especially in respect of the enforcement, commercialisation and filing of IP rights in Singapore and the surrounding region. In addition, he has an active litigation practice and acted in several landmark IP litigation cases in the Singapore High Court and Court of Appeal.

Ravi has acted as the lead counsel in a number of notable cases such as:
  • Dien Ghin Electronic (S) Pte Ltd v Khek Tai Ting [2011] 3 SLR 227 – This is one of the few patent infringement cases that went to trial in Singapore. It was successfully argued that there was no infringement as the offending act fell outside the scope of the patent. Furthermore, the court also agreed that the patent was invalid on a number of grounds; and
  • Sarika Connoisseur Cafe Pte Ltd v Ferrero SpA [2013] 1 SLR 531 – This was the first case in which it was successfully argued at both the High Court and the Court of Appeal that there was dilution of a famous trade mark. Besides this cause of action, the plaintiff also succeeded in trademark infringement and passing-off.

Ravi has written a book on Singapore trade mark law published by LexisNexis entitled "Trade Marks Act: A Commentary". The book has been cited by the Singapore courts in several cases and is now in its second edition. He is also the author of the Trade Marks chapter of "Halsbury's Laws of Singapore".

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Tel: (65) 6332 0921

Mr Sukumar Karuppiah

Mr Sukumar Karuppiah represents clients before the High Court and Court of Appeal in Singapore, as well as the High Court in Malaysia. Some of the cases he has handled include trademark and copyright infringement, passing off and invalidation of trademarks, and are reported in the law reports, with a few being landmark ones.

Sugu practices concurrently in Singapore and Malaysia. This has been a great advantage to clients whom he represents in both countries.

Sugu has acted as the lead counsel in a number of notable cases such as:
  • Calvin Klein, Inc and another v HS International Pte Ltd and others [2016] 5 SLR 1183 – He acted for the plaintiffs who successfully obtained summary judgment in respect of their claim of trademark infringement against the defendant operating a website, sgbuy4u.com, which displayed the product listings of goods and allowed a user to purchase those goods directly on the website; and
  • P. T. Swakarya Indah Busana v Haniffa Pte Ltd and another [2012] SGHC 69 – He represented the plaintiff who succeeded in obtaining the invalidation of the defendants’ registered trade marks on the ground of bad faith.

He is also a co-contributor to the chapters on Singapore and Malaysia in "Intellectual Property Protection in Asia" published by LexisNexis and edited by Arthur Wineburg and "E-Discovery and Data Protection" published by Kluwer Law International BV and edited by Catrian Noorda & Stefan Hanloser.

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Tel: (65) 6332 0929

Mr Paul Teo

Mr Paul Teo has extensive experience in all aspects of IP matters such as enforcement (both civil and criminal enforcement action), High Court and Court of Appeal litigation, domain name recovery actions, drafting, advisory and review of IP-related agreements.

Paul has acted in a number of notable cases. A recent example would be Rovio Entertainment Ltd v Kimanis Food Industries Sdn Bhd [2015] 5 SLR 618. It was successfully argued that two earlier registered trade marks should not be combined into a composite whole for the purposes of determining whether a later mark is confusingly similar to an earlier mark and that the court should compare the two earlier marks against the later mark separately. The plaintiff also succeeded on the argument that there was no copyright infringement and that use as inspiration is not something prohibited by the law of copyright.

He is also a contributor to Atkin's Singapore Court Forms - Trademarks (published by LexisNexis).

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Tel: (65) 6332 0922

Mr Alvin Lim

Alvin has specialized in the field of intellectual property since 2007 and was recognized as a Leading Singapore Lawyer in the field of IP by Asialaw in 2017 and 2018. Alvin’s practice straddles both contentious and non-contentious work, including:
  • conducting and/or coordinating complex multi-jurisdictional IP disputes and major IP litigation;
  • IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work;
  • advising clients in all aspects of IP acquisition, management and commercialization, prosecution and management of IP portfolios;
  • conducting IP audits;
  • advising clients in commercial IP transactions; and
  • advising clients on IT, medical, fintech, advertising, data protection and other regulatory issues.

Alvin is particularly known for his work in complex and high stakes IP litigation in relation to a wide variety of technologies including telecommunications, IT, life sciences, electronics, and semiconductors covering patents, copyright, trademarks, confidential information and trade secrets. Some of the reported cases Alvin has been involved in include:

  • Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Bristol-Myers Squib Pharma Co [2018] 3 SLR 1194;
  • Dr Babor Gmbh & Co KG & Anor v Sante De Beaute Pte Ltd [2018] SGHC 159;
  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc and Sheraton International IP LLC v Staywell Hospitality Pty Limited [2018] SGIPOS 11;
  • Rohm & Haas Electronic Materials CMP Holdings Inc v NexPlanar Corp [2017] SGHC 310;
  • Ship’s Equipment Centre Bremen GmbH v Fuji Trading (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2015] 4 SLR 781;
  • Invenpro (M) Sdn Bhd v JC Automation Pte Ltd [2014] 2 SLR 1045;
  • Astra Zeneca AB (SE) v Sanofi-Aventis Singapore Pte Ltd [2012] SGHC 16; [2013] SGHCR 7;
  • Hoya Corp v Asahi Glass Co Ltd [2010] SGHC 15;
  • ASM Assembly Automation Ltd v Aurigin Technology Pte Ltd [2010] 1 SLR;
  • Love & Co Pte Ltd v The Carat Club Pte Ltd [2009] 1 SLR(R) 561; and
  • Virtual Map (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Singapore Land Authority [2007] SGDC.

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Tel: (65) 6332 0927

Mr Jon Chan Wenqiang

Jon graduated from Singapore Management University with a LL.B. degree (Cum Laude) in 2016, and was called to the Singapore Bar in mid-2017.

Jon has assisted the firm with various contentious and non-contentious matters, relating to Intellectual Property law. His experience includes:
  • Assisting with patent infringement cases involving subject matter in the solar energy and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Assisting with several trade mark infringement and passing off cases.
  • Assisted in trade mark, invalidation, opposition and revocation proceedings before the IPOS Registry.
  • Assisted in advisory work relating to corporate intellectual property matters, including franchising and distributorship agreements and reviewing software licence agreements.

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Tel: (65) 6336 6998

Mr Alvin Tan Jing Han

Alvin graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws Second Class Honours (Upper) in 2017 and was called to the Singapore Bar in August 2018. Alvin has assisted the firm with various contentious and non-contentious work which includes the following matters:
  • Assisting with a passing off case where an application for an interim injunction was successfully resisted.
  • Assisting with a patent infringement case involving the registration of therapeutic health products and successfully resisting a striking out application.
  • Assisting with an appeal relating to patent entitlement issues.
  • Assisting in general advisory and transaction work concerning intellectual property issues including licencing agreements and assignments of trade marks.
  • Trademark prosecution and strategy in Singapore and other foreign countries.

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Tel: (65) 6332 0926

Mr Absolom Leo Darshan
(Legal Executive)

Leo graduated with a Business with Law degree (Hons) from the University of Dublin in 2016 and is pursuing a Juris Doctor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Leo has assisted the firm with various contentious and non-contentious matters, relating to Intellectual Property law.

Leo’s focus area includes civil and criminal enforcement across South East Asia for a variety of brands, with a focus on the retail and online markets. Leo also assists in trademark prosecution and strategy in Singapore and other foreign countries.


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