13th Community of Practice on IP Management (By invitation only)

Global Best Practices for Public Sector IP Commercialisation​

Fully digital
24 Aug 2021, Tuesday
5:30pm – 7:00pm (SGT)​

Returns from R&D spending globally reported a sharp decline by more than 60 percent over the past four decades. Despite the huge investments into R&D, returns on innovation continue to fall by an average of nearly 1.5 percent every year. 

While R&D productivity has been a challenge globally, public spending on R&D continues to grow in recognition of the important role innovation plays in economies seeking to remain competitive. In the US, R&D accounted for more than 3 percent of its GDP in 2019. Israel’s expenditure of R&D amounted to 5 percent of its GDP in 2018, the highest amongst OECD countries. Closer to home, China spent an estimated 2.5 percent of its GDP on innovation in 2020.

According to the OECD, out of all entities receiving R&D funding from the government, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) account for a sizeable portion, receiving almost 60 percent of allocated resources. The massive R&D investment heightens the need to raise R&D productivity of publicly funded innovations and to commercialise government generated IP. How do we measure efficiency for public R&D? While there is no one size-fit-all approach, are there international best practices in bringing more publicly funded IP to the market for the benefit of society and economy through positive spillover into the private sectors?

Join us as we hear from a panel of international experts who will take us through a comparative overview of the different strategies adopted by leading economies in this field.


Organised by
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore​

Co-Organised by
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Programme Flow

5.30pm – 5.33pm13th Community of Practice on IP Management
5.33pm – 5.43pmOpening Address
Mrs Rena Lee, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
5.45pm – 6.30pmGlobal Best Practices for Public Sector IP Commercialisation

  1. Dr. Sharon Bar-Ziv, Lecturer, Sapir Academic College,
    School of Law, University of Haifa, Israel
  2. Mr. Paul Zielinski, Executive Director,
    Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)
  3. Mr. Suresh Sachi, Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate) and General Counsel,
    Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

Mr. Guy Pessach, Director, IP for Business Division, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
6.30pm – 7.00pmQ & A,

Panellist Information


Mrs Rena Lee

Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)

Mrs Rena Lee is the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Rena began her career in the public service with the Ministry of Defence in 1992, and was called to the Singapore Bar in 1993. She later joined the Attorney-General's Chambers in 2008, and has specialised in the practice of international law, covering multiple practice areas including international humanitarian and human rights law, disarmament law, law of the sea, environmental and climate change law, and the law of privileges and immunities, and international organisations.

Rena is also Singapore's Ambassador for Oceans and Law of the Sea Issues and the Special Envoy of the Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2018, Rena was elected President of the United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ). Rena is also a member of the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

Rena holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (1992) and a Masters of Laws (LLM) from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore (1998).


Dr. Sharon Bar-Ziv

Lecturer, Sapir Academic College, School of Law, 
and a senior research fellow at the Center for Cyber Law & Policy,
University of Haifa, Israel 

Sharon Bar-Ziv is a lecturer at Sapir Academic College, School of Law and a senior research fellow at the Center for Cyber Law & Policy, University of Haifa.

Sharon completed her PhD thesis in 2013 at the University of Haifa, Faculty of Law. She holds a law degree, major in law and technology (LL.B) and a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M, Summa Cum Laude), both from the University of Haifa.

Her area of specialization focuses on the intersection between Law and Technology, Intellectual Property Law, Science and R&D Policy, Information Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Cyber Law, Privacy Law and Research Methodologies.

She continually participates in international conferences, publish papers in leading professional journals and teaches courses and seminars in her areas of expertise.

Sharon is an expert for WIPO and was an associate research at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (2017).


Mr. Paul Zielinski

Executive Director ,
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)

Paul Zielinski, Executive Director of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), where he leads high quality support to over 1,000 federal agencies, laboratories and research centers to accomplish their joint mission to foster commercialization best practices and accelerate federal technologies out of the labs and into the marketplace.

Prior to this role, Paul has served for over 30 years as a federal manager, engineer, and scientist.  Most recently, Paul served as the Director of the Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), leading NIST’s technology transfer activities including patents, licenses, cooperative research, and the NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  He also led interagency technology transfer policy issues including serving as the Co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council Lab to Market Subcommittee, Chair of the Interagency Workgroup for Technology Transfer and Interagency Workgroup for Bayh-Dole, and two terms as the Chair of the FLC. 

Mr. Zielinski has also worked at other federal agencies in the development and deployment of technology, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE).  He has served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Army including duty in Korea, Panama, Germany, and the US.

Mr. Zielinski has an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, an MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from Northcentral University, a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Toledo, and earned a Certificate of Mastery in Leadership from the Federal Executive Institute.


Mr. Suresh Sachi

Deputy Chief Executive (Corporate) and General Counsel Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) 

Suresh Sachi is currently the Deputy Chief Executive and concurrently the General Counsel of the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR). He is a lawyer and a qualified Patent Agent.

He currently oversees the corporate functions for the Agency and ensures that A*STAR’s resources are deployed in an efficient and integrated manner.

As the Agency’s General Counsel, he has charge of all legal and intellectual property matters and is responsible for establishing, implementing and maintaining A*STAR’s legal, intellectual property, risk management and compliance policies.

Before joining A*STAR, Suresh Sachi was in private legal practice in a leading law firm where he was a partner in the Technology and Intellectual Property Department.

He has represented many public and private organisations, including local and foreign institutes of higher learning and has significant experience working with multi-national corporations, public listed companies, small and medium enterprises as well as hi-tech start-up companies.

Mr. Sachi spearheaded a number of national efforts to coordinate and streamline legal and IP terms across Singapore’s public agencies, including the Public Sector Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA), bringing together all public sector agencies engaged in R&D in a single research collaboration agreement; the Master Clinical Trials Agreement across all public sector trial centres; streamlining and aligning public sector RIE grant terms and conditions and establishing a National IP Protocol for Singapore.

He currently serves on the board of IPOS and IPOS International. He was a former member of the board of governors of the IP Academy. Mr. Sachi is a founding member and past president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Singapore. He served on the Ethics Committee of the Singapore Eye Research Institute and is currently a member of the SingHealth Centralised Institutional Review Board.

As a specialist in intellectual property and technology transfer, Mr. Sachi is a frequent speaker at the Global Forum on Intellectual Property and other forums by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, LES Singapore, the IP Academy, and the Law Society of Singapore. He is an active coach and trainer in the IP landscape in Singapore. He was named in the 2019 IAM 300 magazine as one of the World’s Leading IP Strategists (IAM 300).

Mr Sachi holds a LLB from the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and attended the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Fontainebleau in 2016.


Mr. Guy Pessach

Director for 
IP for Business Division,
IP and Innovation,
Ecosystems Sector,
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) 

Mr. Guy Pessach is the Director, IP for Business Division (IPBD), IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector (IES), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Prior to joining WIPO, Guy was a Law Professor at the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Intellectual Property, Law & Technology and the Creative Industries. Guy was a Fulbright Scholar, Residential Fellow at the Information Society Project, Yale Law School; a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, City University Hong Kong, UBC and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law School and also an Erasmus Mundus, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Law, Society and Pop Culture, University of Westminster.

Prior to his academic career, Guy clerked for Justice Zamir at the Israeli Supreme Court and has worked at the Economic Department of the Israeli State Attorney's Office; The Israeli Antitrust Authority; the Bank of Israel and as a private legal counsel, in the area of Intellectual Property, including ongoing counselling to technology transfer offices, startups & technology companies.