50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Alexander Ramsay of the UPC Administrative Committee
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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Alexander Ramsay of the UPC Administrative Committee

Alexander Ramsay is former chair of the UPC Administrative Committee in Sweden

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Alexander Ramsay, former chair, UPC Administrative Committee, Sweden

Alexander Ramsay’s name had been earmarked for this list before his announcement this month that he was stepping down as chair of the UPC Administrative (formerly preparatory) Committee.

Ramsay’s decision to leave the post he has become so well-known for in the patent community may not have come as a major shock. Nonetheless, it is a sign that the UPC is finally becoming a reality.

The UPC is set to open its doors in spring next year, and that’s largely thanks to Ramsay’s work over the years. The project took a major step forward earlier this year, with the announcement that 85 judges had been appointed to the court.

After his departure from the committee was revealed, Sweden national Ramsay, who is also a judge at the Swedish Patent and Market Court, told Managing IP that he had decided to leave because the court had staff and a judicial leadership in place.

Before stepping down, Ramsay was also influential in ensuring that the UPC would not be mired in transparency concerns.

Ramsay confirmed in June that the UPC would not place any public access restrictions on orders or judgments from the court. Previously, the preparatory committee suggested that court documents, including decisions and orders, should only be made available “upon reasoned request”.

Pleadings and evidence will still only be made available “upon reasoned request”.

The path to the UPC has not been an easy one, and at times it seemed it may never happen. But now we can all sit back and wait and see what happens. Ramsay, on the other hand, can enjoy some well-earned time off.

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19 Industry leaders
10 Public officials
9 IP authorities
7 Judges
5 Notable individuals
 
Kasim Alfalahi is CEO at Avanci in the US
Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen are founders at Andreessen Horowitz in the US
Jim Sullivan is a director at Shazam Productions in the UK
Audrey Lee is general counsel at Starz Entertainment in the US
Niall Trainor is senior director of brand protection at eOne in the UK
Scott Frank is CEO of IP at AT&T in the US
Nader Pazirandeh is president at Unicolors in the US
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Robert Devonshire is a partner at MML Capital in the UK
Mattia Fogliacco is president of Sisvel International in Luxembourg
Shannon Thyme Klinger is chief legal officer at Moderna in the US
Daniel Zohny is head of IP at FIFA in Switzerland
Jack Randles is head of legal at Manolo Blahnik in the UK
René Claude Metomo is the president of the Association of Penja Pepper Producers in Cameroon
Clemens Heusch is global head of dispute resolution at Nokia in Germany
Stephen Wurth and John Scott are legal counsel at Qualcomm in the US
Juliette Rouilloux-Sicre is vice president of legal and intellectual property at Thales in France
Joyce Ang is senior vice president for IPR protection at Lazada in Singapore
Beat Weibel is chief IP counsel at Siemens in Germany
 
The investigation lead at the Spanish National Police asked to remain anonymous
Thom Tillis is a senator for North Carolina at the US Congress
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the former secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in the UK
Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the former president of the United Arab Emirates
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the director general of the World Trade Organization in Switzerland
Patrick Leahy is a senator for Vermont at the US Congress
Kerstin Jorna is director general of DG Grow at the European Commission in Belgium
Vladimir Putin is president of Russia
 
Insil Lee is the commissioner at KIPO in South Korea
Tim Moss is former CEO of the UKIPO
Shira Perlmutter is register of copyrights at the US Copyright Office
António Campinos is president of the EPO in Germany
Christian Archambeau is executive director at the EUIPO in Spain
Kathi Vidal is the director of the USPTO and under secretary of commerce for IP in the US government
Shen Changyu is the commissioner of the CNIPA in China
Konstantinos Georgaras is CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
 
Len Stark is a judge at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the US
Suzanne Barnett was the interim chief judge at the Copyright Royalty Board in the US
Orlando Garcia is the chief judge at the District Court for the Western District of Texas in the US
Wang Jiangqiao is a judge at the Hangzhou Internet Court in China
Colm Connolly is the chief judge at the District Court for the District of Delaware in the US
Klaus Grabinski is president of the UPC Court of Appeal in Germany
Prathiba Singh is a judge at the Delhi High Court in India
 
Amber Kotrri is the founder of House of Zana in the UK
Ed Sheeran is a pop star in the UK
Lynn Goldsmith is a celebrity photographer in the US
Ankit Sahni is the owner of the RAGHAV Artificial Intelligence Painting App in India
Taras Kulbaba is a partner at Bukovnik & Kulbaba IP Guardians in Belgium