From Ideas to Assets: Industry 4.0 & Innovation Management in the Digital Economy

Course Reference No: CRS-N-0048344


Course Objectives

Companies are incorporating Industry 4.0 technologies into their operations, and creating new business models through digitalising and transforming their products and services. As companies innovate or collaborate with other parties on new technology developments, creation and protection of intellectual property has also become an important source of competitive advantage.

The courses will look at how technologies can be applied to business operations and processes. It will also address issues such as management of confidential information shared with a counter-party, ownership of the fruits of the R&D collaboration, rights to use the outcome of the collaboration, commercialisation and sharing of revenue, and many other issues.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Transformative and disruptive potential of new technology developments
  2. Overview of key technologies in Industry 4.0
  3. Manage and protect intangible assets in supply chain
  4. Overcome challenges related to intellectual property in licensing and research collaborations

Course Outline

  • History and evolution of Industry 4.0
  • Technology adoption curve and innovation matrix
  • General Introduction to IP Issues in R&D Collaborations
  • Innovation Commercialization and common issues which may arise during the course of collaboration, and after completion of R&D


Diploma with a minimum of 2 years of work experience.

Who Should Attend

Senior Managers, Managers, Supervisors, Researchers, Engineers who are involved in technology innovation, entrepreneurship and research collaboration. Professionals who are involved in innovation and intellectual property initiatives in companies.

Mode of Training



Dr. Goh Puay Guan

Goh Puay Guan is Associate Professor at NUS SCALE, and NUS Business School. Prior to that he had 20 years of corporate experience throughout Asia in general management, strategic planning, and commercial investments. He has also been an Adjunct Associate Professor at NUS Business School from 2011 to 2017, and Adjunct Professor with Inha University in South Korea from 2007 to 2009. He is the author of Supply Chain Management: A Concise Guide. published by Pearson (1st Ed. 2005, 2nd Ed. 2015).

As Vice President of Business and Commercial at Sembcorp Development, he helped to set up a new business unit Sembcorp Infra Services in 2014 and build its logistics assets footprint in Vietnam, serving concurrently as General Director of its wholly owned subsidiary in Vietnam. He led Batamindo Shipping and Warehousing Pte Ltd to attain the ASEAN Business Award for Growth (SME) by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council in 2013. He was a Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) 2012 Merit Winner for Business and Entrepreneurship category, awarded by Junior Chamber International (JCI).

He has been active in the community, including serving as President of the Stanford Club of Singapore, Honorary Treasurer at Mensa Singapore, and President of the Singapore Club in Seoul. He is also a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.


Mr. Dan Collopy (Director, Inflexion Point Strategy and Principal, Engineering and ICT, Spruson & Ferguson (Asia) Pte Ltd)

Dan Collopy is based in Singapore. He is also Principal to the law firm of Spruson & Ferguson ( which provides intellectual property legal services across Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, and is an Adjunct Fellow and Instructor at the Singapore IP Academy. 
Dan has extensive experience in designing, negotiating and executing complex corporate transactions in which IP plays a central role, including M&A, joint ventures, and IPOs. He has also prepared and/or prosecuted more than 300 patents in semiconductor technologies (including memory technologies and semiconductor processing), communication technologies, electric automobile engine control systems, avionics and other software / electronics / mechanical / design areas.  


Dr. Jack Cheng Faculty; Head (Professional Certification/China Desk); Principal Assistant Director, IP Academy)

Dr. Cheng Yu-Chao (Jack) is Principal Assistant Director and member of the Faculty at IP Academy, specialising in competitive intelligence and IP management. He is also the Head of Professional Certification and the China Desk. Jack is a certified Senior IP Technology Consultant (IPTC), under the IPTC joint initiative by The Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). 
Jack received his PhD from the Division of Engineering and Technology Management, National University of Singapore (NUS). He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NUS and Renmin University of China, teaching the modules “Patent Deployment, Licensing and Litigation”, “IP Management”, and “Technology Intelligence & IP Strategy”. 
Prior to joining IP Academy, Jack was the co-principal investigator for several national projects on patent trends and litigation in the information and optical-electronic industries. In addition, he also conducted several consulting projects related to IP management, patent analysis and deployment for companies in various industries, including the semiconductor and financial leasing industries. 




2 Days 
9.00am to 5.30pm 


National University of Singapore 
University Town

International Participants


Incl. GST

Singapore Citizens (39 yrs old or younger) or Singapore PRs


Incl. GST

Singapore Citizens
(40 yrs or older)


Incl. GST

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs


Incl. GST

Fees & Fundings

Singapore Citizen1
39 years old or younger
Singapore Citizen 1
40 years or older eligible for MCES2
Singapore PRs Enhanced Training
Support for SMEs3
Full Programme Fee S$1,900.00 S$1,900.00 S$1,900.00 S$1,900.00 S$1,900.00
SkillsFuture Funding
Eligible for Claim Period
(04 Dec 2018 - 30 Sep 2020)
- (S$1,330.00) (S$1,330.00) (S$1,330.00) (S$1,330.00)
Nett Programme Fee S$1,900.00 S$570.00 S$570.00 S$570.00 S$570.00
7% GST on Nett
Programme Fee
S$133.00 S$39.90 S$39.90 S$39.90 S$39.90
Total Nett Programme
Fee Payable, Incl. GST
S$2,033.00 S$609.90 S$609.90 S$609.90 S$609.90
Less Additional Funding if
Eligible Under Various Scheme
- - (S$380.00) - (S$380.00)
Total Nett Programme Fee, Incl. GST,
after additional funding from the various funding schemes
S$2,033.00 S$609.90 S$229.90 S$609.90 S$229.90

  1. All self-sponsored Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit to pay for the programme. Visit to select the programme. 
  2. Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) - Singaporeans aged 40 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the programme fee. 
  3. Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) - SME-sponsored employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the programme fee. For more information, visit
  4. Eligible organisations (excluding government entities) may apply for the absentee payroll funding via SkillsConnect at for Singaporean/permanent resident participants attending the programme during working hours. The absentee payroll funding is computed at 80% of hourly basic salary capped at $4.50 per hour or $7.50 per hour for SME. For more information, visit
  5. Eligible individuals may apply for training allowance capped at $6/hr under the WSS scheme, visit- for more information on WSS.
  6. NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) – All self-employed (i.e. freelancers and sole-proprietors-with-no-employee) Singaporeans and Permanent Residents are eligible to apply for the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) from NTUC’s Employment and Employability Institute (e2i). Click here for more information.
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09 October 2020