In 2003, when we first compiled a list of the most influential people in IP, the list included “politicians, judges, industry leaders, regulators, authors and campaigners”. It was dominated by important people, such as heads of IP offices, members of Congress and business executives.
In the decade since, the nature of influence has changed: today, a smart blogger, a passionate campaigner or an entrepreneur is as likely to shape the development of the law and business of IP.
This year’s top 50 list reflects that change. Ten of the 50 are included on the basis of their activity in social media – a concept that did not even exist in 2003. Another 10 are “advocates” – academics and policy-shapers influencing issues such as plain packaging, IP enforcement and internet governance.
The remaining 30 comprise the legal eagles (judges and legislators), policy makers (heads of IP offices) and business leaders. The people included span the full range of IP issues and perspectives, and come from all regions of the world.
Having said that, we recognise that certain areas are under-represented in the MIP 50. In particular, there are too few representatives from Latin America and Africa. To remedy that, we invite readers to suggest who they think should have been included and why. After all (and as our 50th inclusion indicates) in the new world of informal influence, everyone – without exception – has the opportunity to influence the development of IP law and policy.
Find out more about the MIP 50 (free access).
Read the top 10 lists of social media, legal, policy, business and advocacy figures (subscription or free trial required)
Join the debate on twitter (#MIP50) and LinkedIn.
Case study: Caterpillar
Among the other articles in this month’s issue (all of which are of course available online to subscribers):
A profile of Caterpillar’s European team by Managing IP’s magazine editor Simon Crompton
IP Clinic: three perspectives on “My company is rebranding. What are the priorities from an IP point-of-view?”
FRAND – analysis of the recent AIPPI report, including an interview with BlackBerry’s Michael Fröhlich
How to protect well-known marks in Russia – with case studies and statistics
Effective strategies for fee motions after Octane
China’s developing approach to Swiss-style claims
Understanding open source software
Trade mark damages in Europe – a guide
Latest trends in Bolar exemption rules in Europe