UK Overseas Intellectual Property Attaché Network

UK Overseas Intellectual Property Attaché Network

Thinking of doing business in South East Asia, China, Brazil and India? Help and advice is available through our intellectual property liaison officers.

From:Intellectual Property Office

First published:20 November 2014

Part of:Business and enterprise


Thinking of doing business in South East Asia, China, Brazil and India? Help and advice is available through our intellectual property liaison officers.

Also referred to as Intellectual Property (IP) attachés, the IP liaison officers work with local UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) leads to provide support for UK businesses seeking advice on local IP matters.

They also:

  • raise awareness of through business outreach. This includes briefing business delegations, joint webinars with UKTI and local trade associations
  • liaise with host governments and stakeholders about local and international IP frameworks / environment

Contact details


Christabel Koh: South East Asia

Joined Intellectual Property Office (IPO): September 2013

Career history: Enjoyed several years covering international engagement at the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and IP Academy Singapore.

Focus in SE Asia: Christabel plays an instrumental role in promoting and supporting British businesses in South East Asia. She represents a point of contact for one-to-one IP support to UK businesses; leads awareness-raising through business and stakeholder outreach events; and conducts policy dialogue with host governments across the region to discuss local and international IP frameworks and environments.

Contact details: email:; tel: +65 6424 4229; address: British High Commission Singapore, 100 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247919.


Tom Duke: China

Joined IPO: December 2011

Career history: Tom Duke was appointed the first UK IP attaché to China in December 2011. Prior to joining the British Embassy in Beijing, he was Director responsible for the IP Centre at the EU Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, South Korea. He speaks fluent Mandarin, and has been living and working in the region for nine years.

Focus in China: The Chinese IP framework is fast developing, and the UK is a key international partner. Tom, and his policy team in Beijing, provide direct support to UK companies with concerns across the IP spectrum, particularly in supporting enforcement outcomes. He also works closely with a number of Chinese government agencies on IP, to share UK expertise and best practice. This work is bolstered by several IPO visits to China each year.

Contact details: email: ; tel: +86-10-5192-4495; address: British Embassy, 11 Guanghua Lu, Beijing 100200.


Sheila Alves: Brazil

Joined IPO: August 2012

Career history: Over 10 years experience of IP in public/private sectors and has managed several IP and tech transfer projects. Gained an insight into difficulties faced by foreign investors trying to navigate Brazil’s IPframework whilst working at Apex-Brazil (equivalent to UKTI).

Focus in Brazil: Assisting UK companies who have IP issues in Brazil and working closely with Government to ensure that there is a strong IPframework. This includes outreach with both officials and business, highlighting the benefits of a strong IP system. Specific areas of interest include addressing backlogs in patents and trade marks, Geographical Indications (GIs), pharmaceuticals, IP enforcement and the revision of Brazilian copyright law.

Contact details: email:; tel: +55 61 3329 2316; address: British Embassy, SES Qd. 801, Cj. K, Brasilia, Brazil, Cep: 70408-900.


Anshika Jha: India

Joined IPO: May 2012

Career history: Dual qualified lawyer – a Solicitor in England / Wales and an Advocate in India. Having practiced law in India and worked at a leading law firm in London, Anshika has a solid grasp of Indian IP issues and UK companies’ IP concerns.

Focus in India: Anshika has assisted numerous British businesses facing IP-related issues in India as well as providing advice and guidance on the IndianIP environment. In addition to ongoing business support, in the last year her focus has been on delivering copyright related projects in conjunction with Indian Trade Associations.

Contact details: email: ; tel: +91 11 2419 2166; address: British High Commission, New Delhi – 110021.


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