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Gilbert Leong

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Gilbert Leong


LLM (Merit), LLB (Hons),
Certificate in Computer Programming and Information Processing

+65 6885 3638


Gilbert Leong is a senior partner in Rodyk IP.

Gilbert has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting commercial agreements in relation to distribution of goods/services, procurement and tenders, manufacturing arrangements, acquisition of hardware, software development, licensing, maintenance, acquisition of intellectual property such as trademark and patents, computer turnkey projects, consultancy services, IP structuring, Internet related transactions cloud computing and E-commerce. Gilbert also provides advice on aspects of joint ventures, alliances and mergers & acquisitions.

He has also been counsel to parties involved in the telecommunication industry. In particular, he has advised on disputes arising as between telecommunication licensees, application for licences, market access and infrastructural issues. Gilbert has also been very active in the field of data privacy/protection matters, having acted for large financial institutions, healthcare providers, and industrial companies. He has also written and spoken widely on the area. As a member of the Legal Sub-Committee of the National Internet Advisory Committee, Gilbert participated in the drafting to the “Model Data Protection Code for the Private Sector”.

Gilbert’s IP litigation experience includes copyright (software) suits, patent infringements as well as obtaining and executing search & seizure warrants. Additionally, he has prosecuted parties under a fiat from the Attorney General for offences under both the Trade Marks Act and Copyright Act. Gilbert also attends to hearings before the Trade Mark registry.

In addition to his legal qualifications, Gilbert also holds a Certificate in Computer Programming and Information Processing from the City & Guilds of London Institute. Gilbert has authored numerous articles and given speeches on a variety of intellectual property rights, technology issues and electronic commerce.

Gilbert was also a member of several technology-focused think tanks in Singapore.

  • Government owned entity: Advising and acting for the entity in the relation to various national IT projects
  • Public sector healthcare institutions: Advising various institutions in their acquisition of different IT systems
  • IT services provider: Advising the client on the building and implementation of a data centre
  • Leading bank: Advising on and negotiating in a multi-year, multi-million dollar IT outsourcing project. This is likely the largest IT outsourcing commitment in Singapore
  • Private hospital in Singapore: Advising and acting for the client in relation to their acquisition of a hospital information system, property management system and systems integration
  • Leading global service accommodation provider: Advising and acting for the client in connection with their property management and booking systems
  • Leading vendor of healthcare informatics products/services: Advising and acting for the client in a variety of transactions
  • Integrated Resort: Advising and acting on their various IT systems and equipment acquisitions. The transactions ranged from infrastructure building, to hardware procurement, front of house and backroom systems and IT services. A total of 13 engagements in 14 months
  • Global, listed ship owner/operator: Advising and acting on the relocation and migration of their global IT network. Also acted for this client in their acquisition of a replacement CRM system
  • Leading global IT services provider: Advising in connection with a multiyear “IT As A Service” contract (for hosting, data centre and IT managed services) between itself and a leading multinational logistics company
  • Global IT solutions provider: Acting for the client in the negotiating of an agreement to be appointed sub-contractor in a public-private partnership project to implement an egovernment services platform
  • Full service eCommerce enabler: Advising on alternate business models for its ecommerce portal and data protection issues relating to the personal data of customers.
  • JTC: Providing legal advice and counsel as a member of the consortium advising the client in relation to the telecommunications needs at One North
  • Leading Singapore telecommunications equipment manufacturer: Advising and acting in relation to the design, manufacture and support of telecommunications equipment for a large telco operating in the Americas
  • Infinity Consortium: Acting as counsel to the client in their bid for the NetCo licence of the National Broadband Network
  • Telco equipment and service company: Advising on the operation of a satellite phone service in Singapore
  • Confidential clients: Advising healthcare institutions in relation to sharing patient data
  • Confidential clients: Conducting Personal Data Protection Act 2012 compliance review and assisting companies in the following industries/sectors to comply with the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act 2012: Real Estate, Banking, Manufacturing, Retail, Logistics & Distribution and Hospitality
  • Confidential client: Advising a prominent Singapore establishment on the handling of a data breach incident and concerning an employee’s misuse of personal data.
  • Confidential client: Advising a foreign business entity on the handling of a data breach incident in several Asian jurisdictions
  • Chambers Asia Pacific: Leading Individual for Technology, Media, Telecoms, 2011 – 2019
  • “[Gilbert Leong] attracts praise for being ‘well versed and knowledgeable of the public healthcare market and IT legal matters.’” – Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
  • IFLR1000: Recognized as a Notable Practitioner for Financial and Corporate Law, 2018 – 2019
  • IFLR1000: Recognized as a Notable Practitioner for M&A, 2019
  • Who’s Who Legal: Recognized as a Leading Lawyer for Telecommunications Media & Technology: Information Technology, 2014-2017
  • Asia IP Experts: Recognized as a Leading Lawyer for IT & Telecoms in Singapore, 2016
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Leading Individual for Intellectual Property, 2012 – 2015
  • Asialaw Profiles 2014: Recognized in the areas of IT, Telecommunications & Media
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyer: Recognized in the areas of IT, Telecommunications & Media, 2008 – 2014
  • Asialaw: Recognized lawyer in IP, IT, and Telecommunication areas, 2011 – 2012
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Recognized lawyer with expertise in Biotechnology, Media and Telecommunications, 2009 – 2011
  • Co-author, “Geographical Indications Bill Passed”, Rodyk Reporter – IP Edge, June 2014
  • Co-author, “Protecting Your Trade Mark In Myanmar”, Rodyk Reporter – IP Edge, December 2013
  • Author, “Draft Singapore Patents Rules For A Positive Grant Examination System”, IP Edge, December 2013
  • Co-author, “Singapore Parliament Passes Bill To Protect Personal Data”, Rodyk Reporter – IP Edge, October 2012
  • Co-author, “Internet Service Providers – Are They Liable For Your Traffic?”, Rodyk Reporter – IP Edge, September 2009
  • Author, “Of Pictures, Text And Reports”, Rodyk Reporter – IP Edge, December 2008
  • Author, “Case Law Updates & Legal Developments: December 2008″, IP Edge, December 2008
  • Author, “Unlocking Your Electronic Gadget – Releasing The Genie In More Ways Than One”, Rodyk Reporter – IP Edge, March 2008
  • Author, “Virtual Conflicts, Real Problems”, Rodyk Reporter – IP Edge, December 2006
  • Author, Singapore Chapter, The Preston Gates Guide to Telecommunications in Asia, 2006 ed., (Asia Law & Practice, 2006)
Activities and Affiliations
  • Hon Legal Advisor, Singapore Computer Society
  • Global Technology Law Conference 2015 : The Future of Money and Data, June 29, 2015
  • Personal Data Protection Act – Compliance, December 5, 2013
  • Personal Data Protection Act Seminar, August 29, 2013
  • Development Of Copyright Law In Singapore, April 26, 2013
  • Social Media and IP, January 19, 2011
  • Panel Discussion On “Empowering Business & Employees With Life-Long Learning & Certification”, November 18, 2009
  • Securing IP In And Around Software Applications With Open Sources, July 30, 2009
  • Understanding IP In Software, July 10, 2009
  • Negotiating, Drafting And Managing IT Contracts, June 23, 2009
  • IP In Information Technology, March 18, 2009
  • IP In Information Technology, November 12, 2008
  • Google Issues – Is Content Liability Sexy Again?, October 15, 2007
  • Understanding The Limits To Data Collection And Reassessing Electronic Marketing And Its Relationship With Consumers, June 19, 2007
  • Copyright Issues, January 10, 2007
  • Negotiation Of Difficult Issues In Software Contracts, November 3, 2006
  • SMBNet Executive Roundtable Discussion 2006, September 26, 2006
  • Privacy & Data Protection, May 16, 2006
  • Identifying And Managing Unstructured Information, April 27, 2006
  • Employee Privacy & Surveillance, April 5, 2006
  • Electronic Agreements, March 15, 2006
Prior and Present Employment
  • Senior Partner – Rodyk IP (2002 – present)
  • GE Medical Systems (1999 – 2002)
  • Baan Company (1997 – 1999)
  • Rodyk & Davidson (1990 – 1997)
  • Commercial Agreements
  • Intellectual Property and Technology
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • IP Contracts, Assignment and Licensing
  • Strategic IP Planning
Industry Sectors
  • Communications
  • Media, Entertainment and Sports
  • Technology
  • University College London, 1991, LLM, (Merit)
  • National University of Singapore, 1989, LLB (Hons)
Admissions and qualifications
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore, 1990