Desmond Tan

Principal, Singapore | BEng (Hons)

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Desmond is FPA’s Principal responsible for managing the Singapore office of FPA. He is a registered patent attorney in Singapore with a technical background in engineering. Recent experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the areas of manufacturing and processes, communications systems, acoustics devices, bio-mechanical medical devices, semiconductor devices, payment services, medical diagnostic devices, materials and electro-mechanical devices.

Earlier in his career, he was in-house patent counsel at a multi-national corporation dealing in consumer electronics, and was involved in setting up systems and processes for generating IP assets, optimising IP assets and managing IP costs for the corporation. In addition to his experience as an in-house counsel, his expertise also includes IP enforcement and the registration of designs. Des is fluent in spoken and written English and Mandarin.

Des has worked with clients ranging from individuals to multi-national corporations, and is passionate about assisting his clients in ensuring the sustainability of their businesses. He is very willing to share insights and information pertaining to latest developments in global patent laws either as a speaker at information sharing sessions or during client engagement sessions whenever the opportunity arises.

Des is the current President of the Association of Singapore Patent Attorneys (ASPA) after serving multiple terms as their secretary. His current role as the President of ASPA ensures that he has regular engagement opportunities with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, and it also gives him a seat on the examination board for the qualification examinations for patent attorneys in Singapore.

In addition, he also sits on the program advisory committee for the Masters of Intellectual Property and Innovation Management course at the Singapore University of Social Sciences, which is a critical foundation course for patent attorneys and IP professionals in Singapore. He is keenly involved in ensuring the positive progression of the patent attorney profession in Singapore, particularly in a manner which ensures the position of the profession as an indispensable pillar in Singapore’s standing as an IP hub in Asia.

Areas of expertise

  • Medical devices
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical diagnostics
  • Building and construction
  • Semiconductors
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Electronic transactions
  • Consumer electronics
  • Computer implemented inventions
  • Imaging inventions


  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (National University of Singapore)
  • Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (National University of Singapore)
  • Registered Patent Attorney (Singapore)


  • President, Association of Singapore Patent Attorneys
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association
  • International Trade Mark Association
  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)