Donaldson & Burkinshaw


Donaldson & Burkinshaw LLP 24 Raffles Place
#15-00 Clifford Centre


(65) 6533 9422

DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW, established since 6th November 1874, is one of the oldest law partnerships in Singapore. On 3rd January 2014, DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW converted to a limited liability partnership and embarked on its 140th year in business as DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW LLP. The Firm practises as advocates and solicitors, notaries public, commissioners for oaths and agents for trade marks, patents and designs. The Firm and its partners have been profiled in many leading legal periodicals. Its clientele ranges from multinational corporations, international airlines, the world’s largest medical indemnifier, leading pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, statutory boards, large and medium enterprises, to high net worth individuals. The Firm is on the list of legal contacts of the Australian High Commission, the British High Commission, the Canadian High Commission, the New Zealand High Commission, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the US Embassy.

 The Firm’s mission is to provide a full range of high quality legal services to commercial, corporate, financial, industrial and public sector clients in accordance with international best practices. Its core values are excellence in the law; promptness, efficiency and professionalism; constant upgrading of specialist knowledge and core competencies, friendly and personable service, and the provision of practical, beneficial and holistic legal solutions. Over the past two centuries, the Firm has earned a sterling reputation for integrity, industry and astuteness in advancing and protecting its clients' best interests by looking beyond narrow legal issues towards realising our clients' total business goals.

The Firm is currently about 100-strong. Its main office is at Clifford Centre in Raffles Place, Singapore’s Central Business District. The Firm also operates Donaldson & Burkinshaw (I.P.) Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and DONALDSON & BURKINSHAW LLP in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam. Through affiliation with 300 MULTILAW independent law offices located in 70 countries worldwide, the Firm has an extensive international network and representation.

Apart from the Firm’s MULTILAW affiliation, the Firm and its partners have memberships with leading global, regional and local professional organisations such as the International Trademark Association (“INTA”), the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”), the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (“PTMG”), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (“AIPPI”), the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (“ASPA”), the Singapore Trustees Association (“STA”) and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (“IPBA”).


Intellectual Property Practice

The Firm has one of the longest established, largest and leading Intellectual Property (“IP”) practices in Singapore. Its experience in IP extends over more than 7 decades as the Firm handled Singapore’s earliest trademark applications in the late 1930s when its Trademark Registry (as it then was) was first set up.

Over the years, the Firm has consistently been lauded as a leading IP specialist in Asia. It has also maintained its market position as one of the 5 top-filing practices in Singapore, cementing its status as market-leaders in the field of IP. 

The members of the Firm’s IP Practice are also active participants in a number of professional organisations within the IP field, such as as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”), the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (“ASPA”), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (“AIPPI”), the International Trademark Association (“INTA”), the Licensing Executives Society (“LES”) and the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (“PTMG”). Through the Firm’s professional associations, physical presence in South East Asia and membership with international legal networks such as MULTILAW, it is able to provide a “one-stop” solution for all its clients’ IP needs.


The Firm’s expertise includes:

  • Advisory services across the full spectrum of IP law, entertainment law, digital media, internet and information technology, electronic commerce, media and advertising
  • Searching, clearance (including risk management and regulatory compliance), protection, management and maintenance of IP rights including trademarks, service marks, patents and designs in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam and other South East Asian countries
  • Advisory and drafting services for patent specifications across many technical fields
  • Civil and criminal litigation and enforcement actions including patent and trade mark invalidation and infringement, counterfeiting, injunctions, search and seizure orders
  • Handling and negotiating domain name disputes and Internet piracy
  • Commercialisation, exploitation and licensing of IP rights including trademarks and technology transfers, licensing, agency and distributorship, franchising,
  • Protection of copyright
  • Confidential information, non-disclosure agreements
  • Trade secrets


With its several decades of experience in providing a full range of IP services to multinational corporations and businesses, the Firm's clients include several of the world’s largest corporations with some of the best and most prestigious brands today. The Firm represents the world’s biggest companies in food and beverage, fashion, domestic consumer products, electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, hotels, computer hardware and software, media, entertainment, air travel and vehicle manufacture, amongst many others. They include the best leading domestic and multinational corporations, businesses, local and foreign Government bodies, educational and non-profit organisations, individuals, estates and trusts. Members of the Firm’s IP Practice have also handled IP protection for major international sporting events.