Amira Nabila Budiyano
Associate Director

Amira’s practice is rather diverse, albeit with a core focus on IP, privacy and IT laws. Amira first started in IP practice and since then has had significant experience in various aspects of both the contentious and non-contentious side. On the contentious side of her IP practice, Amira is able to and has represented clients in opposition, and invalidation proceedings before the Trade Marks Registry and other IP-related disputes before the High Court. On the non-contentious side, she has administered and managed local and overseas clients’ IP portfolios as well as conducted worldwide searches to determine the patentability of an invention, drafting, preparation and prosecution of patent applications. Her practice also includes providing advice on IP commercialization, such as assignment/franchise agreements, IP due diligence, licensing and technology transfer matters. Apart from that, she continues to engage in general corporate advisory work (related to IP rights or otherwise) involving confidential information and trade secrets amongst others and several regulatory and technology-related issues. Some of the recent reported IP cases before the Singapore courts that Amira has lead or been involved in to date, include:

• [2016] 3 SLR 517 – Audience Motivation Company Asia Pte Ltd v AMC Live Group Pte Ltd (Court of Appeal)
• [2015] 3 SLR 321 – Audience Motivation Company Asia Pte Ltd v AMC Live Group Pte Ltd (High Court)

Amira was also previously on the Panel of Lawyers under the PDPA Legal Advice Scheme administered by the Law Society, which has since ended. She has advised various educational institutions (both public and private), associations, and other private entities on their obligations vis-à-vis the Singapore’s data protection regime.
Amira has also advised a multi-national company providing IT solutions to Singapore’s biggest telecommunications service provider on a recent investigation by the Personal Data Protection Commission on a breach of data protection obligations. Amira also continues to advise various Statutory Boards and other foundations and organisations on a plethora of legal matters, ranging from collaboration and procurement documentation, to other contractual and regulatory issues.

To add some interesting diversity and flavour to her practice, Amira has increasingly also advised on Singapore employment laws. She has and continues to advise several multinationals on their Singapore office hires and the offering of share option schemes apart from reviewing their agreements in place, and various companies on core local employment law issues including employee leave benefits, working hours and CPF (government-mandated social contributions) issues amongst others.

Amira has been invited to give talks and to provide her viewpoints on several occasions, as follows:-

• Panelist for “What are the must-knows before embarking on a buyer-freelancer partnership?” on 5 May 2017 at the Freelancer Trade Fair organised by the U Freelancers and Self-Employed Unit (UFSE) by the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and IoTalents.

• Speaker at Law Society’s Pro Bono Services Office series of talks held at Hong Lim Specialist Community Centre in February 2017 to provide members of the public with an overview of their rights with respect to Personal Data Protection in Singapore.

• Interview featured on Episode 20, Channel 5 News and on Singapore Tonight, Channel News Asia on “IPOS, AGC applying to intervene in illegal movie downloads case”, 20 September 2016

Amira is fluent in English and Malay, and fairly conversant in French. In the past 5 years, Amira has been to nearly 50 cities across 5 continents and back, and if left to her own devices, she would probably on the next flight out to anywhere else in the world.

Academic Background:
Bachelor of Laws, Singapore Management University
Professional Qualifications:
Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Singapore Academy of Law
Law Society of Singapore
Member of Cybersecurity and Data Protection Committee
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
Copyright Committee Representative of the Singapore Group
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Vice-Chairman of Next Generation Committee

Amira Nabila Budiyano | +65 6221 7815

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