There are many types of influence that are brought to bear
on the IP system: political, social, economic. But this year it
seems that politicians have been less able to take the
initiative on reforming the IP system than anytime in the
recent past. There are, as yet, few concrete results from the
intense efforts to overhaul patent law in the US over the past
three years, for example. In Europe, few IP owners would bet on
seeing a Community patent come into existence any time soon,
despite a decade of rhetoric from European Union officials.
This year, then, sees a particularly eclectic group of
people make it onto Managing IP's list of the 50 most
influential people in IP. In addition to a handful of
politicians and a group of administrators of the IP system, we
have advocates for consumer and patient rights, innovative
in-house counsel, out-spoken academics, company...