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Andy Leck

Andy Leck is the head of the Intellectual Property and Technology (IPTech) Practice Group and a member of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Singapore. He is a core member of Baker McKenzie's regional IP practice and also leads the Myanmar IP Practice Group. Andy is recognised by reputable global industry and legal publications as a leader in his field. He was named on "The A-List: Singapore's Top 100 lawyers" by Asia Business Law Journal 2018. In addition, Chambers Asia Pacific notes that Andy is "a well-known IP practitioner who is highlighted for his record of handling major trade mark litigation, as well as commercial exploitation of IP rights in the media and technology sectors. He's been in the industry for a long time and has always been held in high regard. He is known to be very fair and is someone you would like to be in the trenches with you during negotiations." Furthermore, Asian Legal Business acknowledges Andy as a leading practitioner in his field and notes that he “always gives good, quick advice, [is] client-focused and has strong technical knowledge for his areas of practice.” Andy was appointed by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) as an IP Adjudicator to hear disputes at IPOS for a two-year term from April 2021. He has been an appointed member of the Singapore Copyright Tribunal since May 2010 and a mediator with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. He is also appointed as a Notary Public & Commissioner for Oaths in Singapore. He previously served on the International Trademark Association’s Board of Directors and was a member of the executive committee.

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and AI Verify Foundation have announced the draft Model AI Governance Framework for Generative AI (Framework), which adopts a systematic and balanced approach to addressing concerns posed by generative AI (GenAI) while continuing to facilitate innovation. The Framework expands on the Model AI Governance Framework that covered traditional AI, which was last updated in 2020.

On 18 January 2024, the World Health Organization issued new guidance on the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health, focusing on large multimodal models (LMMs). The WHO guidance summarizes the broad applications of LMMs in the healthcare industry and includes recommendations for governments, which have the primary responsibility of setting standards for the development and deployment of LMMs, and their integration and use for public health and medical purposes.

On 9 January 2024, the Parliament of Singapore passed the Significant Investments Review Bill (“Bill”).
This Bill strengthens the Singapore government’s regulatory toolkit for investments in local and foreign entities that are significant to Singapore’s national security interests and ensures greater regulatory flexibility in safeguarding Singapore’s evolving national security interests. At the same time, the Bill has been designed to align with international norms and preserve Singapore’s open and investment-friendly economy.

Data is a critical asset in today’s globally connected economy. Rapidly evolving technologies have made it easier than ever for companies to collect, use and transfer data throughout the world. Yet strict data protection, privacy and cybersecurity regulation is evolving rapidly, imposing complex and often inconsistent standards. Our Global Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Handbook is updated annually to help you keep up with the dynamic legal landscape. We provide detailed overviews and allow a comparative perspective of the increasingly complex and sophisticated data privacy and cybersecurity standards in over 50 countries.

The Singapore government has once again recognized the importance of AI in the healthcare industry, outlining a three-pronged approach on how to harness the potential of AI in the industry.
In the long-run, the increasing use of AI would serve to deliver better diagnosis and treatment; early detection, prevention and prediction of diseases; faster drug development; and better understand the risks around intervention and how to stratify it. In the shorter term, the use of AI may help to enhance clinical decision support; increase productivity of healthcare teams; and support individuals.

The Therapeutic Products Branch of the Health Sciences Authority has provided an interim update on the progress of the eCTD implementation in Singapore following an industry consultation held between 2 May 2023 to 12 June 2023. The eCTD is a standard structured format for companies to transfer regulatory information related to therapeutic products to facilitate dossier submissions. The implementation was envisaged to take place in phases, and adoption by the industry will be on a voluntary basis during the initial roll-out.

The Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS), Singapore’s advertising standards watchdog, has found an electronics company in breach of the Singapore Code of Advertising Practice (SCAP) for greenwashing or marketing that exaggerates the sustainability of a product.
This is the ASAS’ first finding of a breach of the SCAP as a result of greenwashing. The advertising standards watchdog has previously received one other complaint about greenwashing since 2020, but the advertisement in that case was found not to have breached the SCAP.