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The most influential people of 2006

MIP presents its fourth annual list of the most influential people in IP. Join us as we meet the 2006 top 50

Influence takes many forms. From the academics and theorists whose ideas filter down to shape our views, to the legislators, administrators and judges who set and uphold the rules, to the IP creators, owners and users who seek to sway opinions and protect their interests, the MIP team had to choose from a wide pool.

This year we have grouped the top 50 into five distinct groups: the rulemakers, the campaigners, the strategists, the enforcers and the innovators. These divisions demonstrate that people and organizations with radically different views on IP often influence the system in a very similar way. Our campaigners group, for example, includes both Eli Lilly's Bob Armitage and the AIPLA's Mike Kirk, supporters of patent rights, and Ellen t'Hoen and James Love, representatives from non-governmental organizations concerned with access to medicine. This highlights the disparate nature and interests of those seeking to change the existing IP...

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