Dr Chong-Yee Khoo

Singapore Patent Attorney


Dr Khoo Chong-Yee is an experienced patent attorney (patent agent) qualified by examination with an extensive research background and over two and a half decades of experience as a patent attorney in private practice and industry.

He is the first Singaporean patent attorney ever to be qualified by examination. He is so far the only Singaporean to have qualified as a patent attorney in both the United Kingdom and at the European Patent Office.

Chong-Yee’s scientific knowledge and extensive working experience in Europe and Asia allow him to provide practical and commercially relevant advice to his clients, which have included universities, research institutes, startups, SMEs and large industrial clients in the United Kingdom, Denmark, the United States, Singapore and elsewhere.

Chong-Yee has taught biotech and chemical drafting at Queen Mary, University of London, Bournemouth University and the Graduate Certificate in IP Law course, National University of Singapore, and was also a lecturer on several commercial patent law courses in London, Singapore and Malaysia.

Before setting up Cantab IP, Chong-Yee was a partner in the biotechnology and life sciences group at one of the leading patent and trade mark firms in the United Kingdom.


Scientific and Technical

Chong-Yee obtained a Double First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences from Queens’ College, Cambridge and is a Foundation Scholar at Queens’ College.

At Cambridge, he received a broad scientific training in the physical and life sciences, including physics, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, zoology and molecular and cell biology. Chong-Yee also has postgraduate research experience with a doctorate (PhD) from Cambridge University, where he spent four years doing laboratory research on DNA replication and the cell cycle at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Institute (now the Gurdon Institute).

He is an author on two Nature papers and one in Current Biology.


Chong-Yee is an active member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Singapore Patent Agents (ASPA) and the International Liaison Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).

He regularly attends the Annual Meeting of the International Trade Mark Association (INTA), the BIO International Convention (Bio), the Asian Patent Attorneys Association Meeting (APAA) and the CIPA Life Sciences Conference (CIPA Biotech).


Chong-Yee is a qualified orchid judge accredited to the British Orchid Council. He was Chairman of the Judging Committee of the 20th World Orchid Conference in 2011 in Singapore.

In his spare time, he is a keen road cyclist, photographer and computer programmer. He enjoys cricket as a spectator and listening to the music of Stephen Sondheim.