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Lee Ai Ming is a partner in Rodyk & Davidson LLP and heads the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group.
She has practised law for more than 25 years and specialises in intellectual property litigation particularly in patent infringement disputes. Ai Ming has represented both foreign multinationals and local SMEs in patent disputes involving cutting edge technologies in the fields of semiconductors, telecommunications, pharmaceutical preparations and biotechnology.
In the field of semiconductors, she represented for Intel Corporation in several patent infringement actions against Taiwanese semiconductor foundry, United Microelectronics Company Ltd involving microprocessor patents. She also represented the same client against leading fabless supplier of processor platforms, Via Technologies Inc in patent infringement actions involving chipset patents for computers.
She also acted for a leading manufacturer of mobile phones in patent infringement disputes with Qualcomm Inc involving patents covering wireless technologies in the telecommunications field, telecommunication standards and chipsets for mobile phones.
In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology space, Ai Ming is well versed with the patent linkage system introduced in Singapore as a result of the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, having represented pharmaceutical multinationals in patent infringement actions involving the freedom to operate, Bolar exemptions and compulsory licensing.
Besides patents, Ai Ming has also acted in trademark infringement and Passing-Off actions. Significant cases handled include defending ICI against Nippon Paints in a trademark infringement and passing off action over the use of the descriptor "3-in-1". She has also handled trademark disputes over proprietorship, non-use and well known mark status.
Ai Ming is active in various forums that help to promote innovation among SMES in Singapore. She helps SME clients build IP portfolios, enforce their IP rights in Singapore as well as in the region, notably China, and defend against litigation by well-heeled competitors.
Recently, Ai Ming led a team that successfully defended a local SME, Aurigin Pte Ltd against a patent infringement action brought on by ASM Assembly Automation Ltd, the world's largest assembly and packaging equipment supplier for the semiconductor and LED industries in what is believed to be the first successful revocation action in the High Court of Singapore and later affirmed by the Court of Appeal. She also acts for SME companies involved in disputes over Trade Secrets and breach of Confidential Information.
Ai Ming is the Past President of the Singapore Group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and a council member of that association. APAA represents more than 2000 patent attorneys and IP practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region. Ai Ming is also active in the International Trademark Association (INTA) where she heads the Committee on Harmonisation of Trademark Law and Practice. INTA is a 131-year-old not-for-profit membership organization with more than 5,600 members in more than 190 countries. Ai Ming is a member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal. This tribunal is granted the power by Parliament to decide on copyright royalty.
She is cited in a number of international legal guides, including The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers, AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers, The Best of the Best among others.
Additionally, she serves on the boards of the Agri-Veterinary Board of Singapore (AVA), Keppel Land Ltd, K-Reit Ltd and HTL Holdings Ltd as an independent director.