Marketing & Communications Committee - Panel Discussion: Can Ideas Be Protected?

Mark Laudi, PitchMark LLP; Monika Sidorowicz-Radzikowska, APAC Field procurement, Microsoft; Bryan Tan, Partner, Pinsent Masons; and Moderator - Steven Liew, Executive Director - Asia Pacific, APCO Worldwide

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : May 10, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

Please add to calendar before registering for the event



Supported by Legal and IPR Committee

We live in a knowledge economy and ideas are worth money. If you have ever shared an idea with someone, then only to see it later get used as someone else’s idea, you know how painful and unjust that is.

Creative agencies, photographers, music composers, writers, designers, entrepreneurs, PR firms, architects – this issue affects everyone.

Can the law protect owners of ideas or is this more a case of driving better awareness of the importance of respecting IP?

We are pleased to bring individuals who bring unique perspectives to this topic. Please join us for this panel discussion, which promises to explore the issue and to provide possible ways to address it for all creators of ideas.

About the Speakers

Mark Laudi
Managing Partner
PitchMark LLP

Mark Laudi is Managing Partner of PitchMark LLP, a global ratings site that deters idea theft.

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, having founded three internet businesses that solve real world business problems of Small and Medium Enterprises.

This follows a 14-year award-winning career in radio and television. At CNBC Asia Pacific, he held almost every position in the newsroom: in front of the camera he was Stock Reporter, Anchor and Field Reporter, and behind the camera he was Producer and Australia Editor.

At age 28, Mark launched CNBC Australia in Sydney as Bureau Chief.

In Singapore, he was a member of the inaugural production and presentation team of English-language talk radio station 938LIVE.

He started his media career at age 21, becoming Australia's youngest radio current affairs show host at ABC Radio.

Having spent many years in South Africa, Germany and Australia, Mark has called Singapore home for more than 18 years.

Mark conducts Media & Presentation Skills MasterClasses and crisis communications workshops for senior executives at a large number of multinationals in a wide range of industries, such as financial services, technology, logistics and pharmaceuticals.

Also fluent in German, Mark is also a mentor in media and presentation skills to C-suite executives, elected politicians and senior government officials, and a sought-after speaker, conference anchor and panel moderator at business conferences.

Monika Sidorowicz-Radzikowska
APAC Field procurement

Monika Sidorowicz-Radzikowska has been with Microsoft for 19 years, moving into her current role leading Microsoft Asia Pacific Group Management Procurement in 2014. In her previous roles with Microsoft, she was based in Poland, Central & Eastern Europe, working up through a variety of positions until she was most recently Procurement Group Manager for Central Eastern Europe. In this role, she developed and managed a team that managed spend across 27 countries. This involved engaging with local and regional management teams to identify and share joint business opportunities, develop solutions, manage existing supplier relationships and secure agreement on local and/or regional activities consistent with global Procurement initiatives. In her Asia Pacific role, she continues to work with key stakeholders to deliver procurement best practices and values across the region.

Bryan Tan
Pinsent Masons

Bryan Tan is a Singapore-qualified technology lawyer and has led many industry firsts including the first mass e-mail defamation case in the world, Singapore’s first publicized telecoms competition dispute, a pan-Asian co-branded travel portal, the first privately-funded cable landing project in Singapore and the world’s first registrar-level domain name dispute. Since 2004, Mark is also named one of the leading individuals in IP, IT, and telecoms law by Best Lawyers, Chambers, Legal500, Who’s Who and AsiaLaw. He is a partner at international law firm Pinsent Masons.

Bryan represents major internet and software companies as well as governments and government entities. He has also been a member of the Media Literacy Council, Law Society’s Information Technology and International Relations sub-committees, as well as the LawNet Management Committee. He sits on the audit committee of the Singapore Training and Development Association and the board of directors of the YMCA of Singapore, the Internet Society Singapore chapter and the Council of the National Youth Achievement Award (Duke of Edinburgh’s Award). Mark is an author of Halsbury's Laws of Singapore - E-Commerce and Halsbury's Laws of Malaysia - E-Commerce (both editions). He also co-wrote the Singapore chapter of Electronic Evidence (three editions) with Professor Daniel Seng, the practitioner’s chapter in Data Protection Law in Singapore and the Singapore chapter on The Comparative Law of Higher Education. For the last six years, Mark has also been a legal advisor to the ASEAN Single Window project.

About the Moderator

Steven Liew
Executive Director - Asia Pacific
APCO Worldwide

Steven Liew is Executive Director of APCO Worldwide in Asia Pacific. He provides strategic counselling to clients from a pan-Asia perspective in the areas of public policy, regulatory compliance, stakeholders engagement, strategic communications, and crisis management.

Prior to APCO, Steven spent 8 years as eBay’s Associate General Counsel and Chief Government Relations Officer for Asia Pacific. His work included negotiating with anti-trust regulators for approval of eBay’s acquisitions; engaging regulators to ensure that PayPal was in compliance with financial industry regulations; collaborating with national export-promotion agencies to bring their exporters online; lobbying lawmakers on draft legislations and government policies; developing relationships with intellectual property rights (IPR) owners; and working with cyber-security agencies to go after cyber-criminals.

At eBay, Steven co-founded the Asia Internet Coalition, members of which includes eBay, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and SalesForce. He was the coalition’s 2012 and 2013 Chairman.

Prior to eBay, Steven set up and managed Nokia Corporation’s Asia Pacific Brand Protection Department and Louis Vuitton Malletier’s Greater China Anti-Counterfeiting Department. In both in-house counsel roles, he developed and executed successful IPR policies and enforcement programs.

Steven started his legal career in 1994 as a solicitor at Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong. In that role, he serviced the IPR needs of multinational brand owners in Asia. His work included counseling clients on IPR issues, enforcing his clients’ IPR and conducting extensive government lobbying on IPR policy in the region.

Mid-way through his legal career, Steven spent three years working as a police officer in the Singapore Police Force. He continued serving in the reserve of the Singapore Police Force for another 11 years and retired at the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police in 2013.

Share on LinkedInShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter