The 50 people included in our annual most-influential list would make for an interesting cocktail reception. By one table, Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader, retired Indian Supreme Court judge Aftab Alam and “notorious patent troll” Erich Spangenberg are chatting about patent litigation. Across the room, Kim Dotcom, Pete Wishart MP and Angelina Jolie are arguing about music and movie piracy. And who is that over in the corner? Could it be Tim Tebow (below), Christian Louboutin and OHIM’s Antonio Campinos discussing trade mark strategies?
These are just some of the people we selected for this year’s list, the 11th we have published (see the full list, with links to individual profiles). As in previous years, we have selected a diverse (you might say eclectic) bunch, with just a few ground rules: no lawyers in private practice, for example.
|Tim Tebow in trade mark pose|
Our main aim when deciding who should go in (we start with a much longer list, and have to whittle it down) is to represent the key debates, controversies and developments in IP in the past year and the near future. That’s why we include some unexpected names such as Jolie and Tebow as well as the more predictable figures such as judges, IP office heads and politicians.
What are the main issues represented this year? Here are some: US patent litigation reform, copyright piracy, new gTLDs, trade mark changes in the EU, design reform in the UK, free-trade agreements, smartphone patent wars, pharmaceutical regulation and IP in the developing world.
So, that leaves two questions for readers. First, which important issues have we neglected this year? And second, which figures best represent them? In other words, who would you like to have seen included in the MIP 50 2013? Click on the comment button and let us know.