50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Jacob Rees-Mogg at the UK government
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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Jacob Rees-Mogg at the UK government

Jacob Rees-Mogg is the former secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in the UK

Jacob Rees-Mogg, former secretary of state, UK government

It has been suggested once or twice on these pages that the UK’s politicians don’t take intellectual property all that seriously.

The IP minister job operates as a revolving door, with incumbents rarely sticking around long enough to see any major projects through.

It’s also usually a junior ministerial brief, and it’s not clear how much thought any political heavyweights give to the direction or detail of UK IP policy.

What often happens instead is IP gets caught up in much bigger political storms.

Take, for example, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s bill that will make it easier for the government to abolish any EU-derived laws by the end of next year.

The bill will do away with EU-originating legislation in December 2023 unless the government decides to convert it into national law, either directly or in tweaked form.

We would wager IP was not front of mind for any of the politicians or advisers who crafted this latest effort to carve out an independent path for the UK after Brexit.

But its consequences on IP could be severe.

The government, now without Mogg, will need to carry out a mammoth review of all EU-derived law introduced since the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973.

“The task is massive across IP, and herculean when you consider the sheer breadth of law to be reviewed in every area in a year,” Joel Smith, partner at Hogan Lovells in London, told Managing IP in October.

Brexit has already had massive ramifications for the UK IP sector.

The Unified Patent Court will open next year with the UK, formerly a leading proponent of the system, nowhere to be seen.

Stakeholders will likely shudder at the thought of any further disruption to the IP framework – indeed, some have described Rees-Mogg’s bill as a “recipe for disaster”.

It’s bad news for any IP professionals who hoped the worst of the Brexit-related uncertainty had come to an end.

Profiles for the 50 most influential people in IP 2022
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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
Audrey Lee is general counsel at Starz Entertainment in the US
Beat Weibel is chief IP counsel at Siemens in Germany
Jack Randles is head of legal at Manolo Blahnik in the UK
Mattia Fogliacco is president of Sisvel International in Luxembourg
Joyce Ang is senior vice president for IPR protection at Lazada in Singapore
Daniel Zohny is head of IP at FIFA in Switzerland
René Claude Metomo is the president of the Association of Penja Pepper Producers in Cameroon
Niall Trainor is senior director of brand protection at eOne in the UK
Stephen Wurth and John Scott are legal counsel at Qualcomm in the US
Scott Frank is CEO of IP at AT&T in the US
Nader Pazirandeh is president at Unicolors in the US
Juliette Rouilloux-Sicre is vice president of legal and intellectual property at Thales in France
Clemens Heusch is global head of dispute resolution at Nokia in Germany
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Robert Devonshire is a partner at MML Capital in the UK
The investigation lead at the Spanish National Police asked to remain anonymous
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the director general of the World Trade Organization in Switzerland
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the former president of the United Arab Emirates
Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government
Kerstin Jorna is director general of DG Grow at the European Commission in Belgium
Patrick Leahy is a senator for Vermont at the US Congress
Thom Tillis is a senator for North Carolina at the US Congress
Vladimir Putin is president of Russia
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
Tim Moss is former CEO of the UKIPO
Kathi Vidal is the director of the USPTO and under secretary of commerce for IP in the US government
Shira Perlmutter is register of copyrights at the US Copyright Office
Shen Changyu is the commissioner of the CNIPA in China
António Campinos is president of the EPO in Germany
Konstantinos Georgaras is CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
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
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
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
Amber Kotrri is the founder of House of Zana in the UK
Taras Kulbaba is a partner at Bukovnik & Kulbaba IP Guardians in Belgium
Ankit Sahni is the owner of the RAGHAV Artificial Intelligence Painting App in India
Ed Sheeran is a pop star in the UK
Lynn Goldsmith is a celebrity photographer in the US
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