50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Edwin Tong of the Singapore government
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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Edwin Tong of the Singapore government

Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government

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Edwin Tong, second minister for law, Singapore government

Singapore’s minister for culture, community, and youth and second minister for law Edwin Tong was picked last year for pushing through a long pending bill that revamped the country’s copyright law.

This year, because of Tong’s efforts, Singapore hit yet another major intellectual property milestone when the parliament passed the Intellectual Property (Amendment) Bill in January.

The bill made key changes to various IP statutes, specifically, the Patents Act, the Trade Marks Act, the Registered Designs Act, the Plant Varieties Protection Act, and the Geographical Indications Act.

On top of that, the judiciary established a new optional track for IP litigation aimed at providing quicker and more cost-effective dispute resolution. This took effect in April 2022 as part of Singapore’s Supreme Court of Judicature (IP) Rules 2022.

In November 2022, Singapore implemented enhanced border enforcement measures for geographical indications and registered designs as part of the European Union-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.

Tong also made headway in the IP valuation and financing domain, including by building a network of professional valuers to support the growing demand for IP assessment work and co-developing an intangible-asset disclosure framework together with an industry working group.

With Tong at the helm of the country’s IP and innovation efforts, Singapore has risen in rank over the years and was named the 7th most innovative nation in the world in the 2022 Global Innovation Index report released by WIPO.

The minister has truly earned his place in this year’s list.

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The list is in five categories, which you can navigate by selecting the appropriate section below.

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