Managing IP is relaunching our list
of the 50 Most Influential People in IP in our
November/December issue, being published next month.
The list has proved a popular ranking in the past. We last
published it in 2015. You can see that year’s list
The main rule is that this is not a list of private-practice
lawyers. So anyone whose main job involves working for a law
firm is not eligible for the list. It has typically included an
array of in-house counsel, judges, officials and academics, as
well as celebrities that have had a particularly big recent
impact on IP.
We want to know who readers think should be included. Is
there anyone out there who is driving debates or shaping
perceptions around IP that you think we should know about?
We’d love you to tell us about people you think
are deserving – either by email (to email@example.com),
on our LinkedIn discussion, or on Twitter
(@managingip, include the hashtag
#MIP50 in any tweets). Please tell us the name of the person
you think should be included, with a brief explanation of why
you think they are influential.
There a few guidelines we follow with the MIP 50, though we
have occasionally broken them over the years. Again, the main
one is that this is not a list of private-practice lawyers.
They are rated and ranked in many other places (including some
published by us), so please don’t nominate anyone
whose main job involves working for a law firm or other service
A second principle is that this is a global list so we keen
to hear about people in Africa, Latin America and Asia that
deserve wider recognition. It is also a reflection of the
present, rather than primarily a list marking past
achievements. We want to include people who are influential now
and are likely to be in the future.
So please do spend a few minutes sending us your ideas. We
need your suggestions by the end of November 2. Thanks for your