Last year’s list was typically diverse,
including judges, officials, in-house counsel and academics as
well as a basketball player, an actress, an internet
entrepreneur and a fashion designer (
read the list in full here).
We profiled five of the 50 in depth in the July/August
issue: Jurgen Dressel of Novartis, Colleen Chien of Santa Clara
University, Jamie Love of KEI, Liu Chuntian of the
People’s University Law School and Denis Croze of
WIPO. All are probably contenders to be included again this
year; indeed some (such as Chien) are arguably more
influential now than a year ago.
"This year we want to know
who readers think should be included.
We’re particularly interested in the less
well-known names and those whose impact on IP might be
This year we want to know who readers think should be
included. We’re particularly interested in the
less well-known names and those whose impact on IP might be
less celebrated. Few would deny that the director general of
WIPO, the chief judge of the Federal Circuit or the director of
the USPTO (when there is one) have influence. But who is
shaping popular perceptions about copyright? Who is driving
debates on patent reform? And who is shaping business
strategies and trends?
We’d like you to let us know – either
via the comment function on this site, on our LinkedIn
discussion, or on twitter (@managingip). Please
tell us the name of the person you think should be included,
and (briefly) why you think they are influential.
There a few guidelines we always follow with the MIP 50,
though we have occasionally broken them over the years. The
main one is that this is not a list of private-practice
lawyers; there are many other places where they are rated and
ranked (some published by us), so please don’t
nominate anyone whose main job involves working for a law firm
or other service provider.
A second principle is that this is a global list and we are
particularly keen to hear of people in Africa, Latin America
and Asia that deserve wider recognition. It is also not
primarily a list marking past achievements – we seek
to include people who are influential now and are likely to be
in the future. If that means they are a college graduate
launching a startup, rather than a retired professor or judge,
so be it.
Finally, the MIP 50 is not a popularity contest. We are not
counting votes. However, we are interested in your views and
will acknowledge all suggestions received when we publish this
year’s list of the MIP 50 in the July/August
So please do spend a few minutes sending us your ideas.
After all, if you don’t take the opportunity to
participate, you can hardly criticise the list when
it’s published can you?