50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Klaus Grabinski of the UPC Court of Appeal
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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Klaus Grabinski of the UPC Court of Appeal

Klaus Grabinski is president of the UPC Court of Appeal in Germany

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Klaus Grabinski, president, UPC Court of Appeal, Germany

The fact that the UPC entered the final furlong was one of the biggest developments of 2022. So, it’s only right that the person who will soon become the new court’s most senior judge gets a mention in this list.

Germany’s Klaus Grabinski was revealed as president of the UPC Court of Appeal in October. The news was met with universal acclaim from those who knew him well – namely German litigators who spent years arguing in front of him.

He has made an instant impact. In November, in his first interview since taking on his role at the UPC, Grabinski told Managing IP that the court could introduce guidelines to address concerns over judicial conflicts of interest.

Grabinski has been a judge at the German Federal Court of Justice since 2009.

In addition to being named as the senior judge, the German was active in the working group that wrote the Rules of Procedure.

In a 2020 interview with Managing IP – at a time when the future of the UPC was still uncertain– Grabinski said he remained positive that the project would come into fruition and that endurance would be key to seeing it through.

His view has been vindicated. We at Managing IP look forward to Grabinski’s first few months in office and seeing how the UPC takes shape.

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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
Robert Devonshire is a partner at MML Capital in the UK
Mattia Fogliacco is president of Sisvel International in Luxembourg
Daniel Zohny is head of IP at FIFA in Switzerland
Shannon Thyme Klinger is chief legal officer at Moderna 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
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Jim Sullivan is a director at Shazam Productions in the UK
Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen are founders at Andreessen Horowitz in the US
Nader Pazirandeh is president at Unicolors in the US
Audrey Lee is general counsel at Starz Entertainment in the US
René Claude Metomo is the president of the Association of Penja Pepper Producers in Cameroon
Jack Randles is head of legal at Manolo Blahnik in the UK
Clemens Heusch is global head of dispute resolution at Nokia in Germany
Beat Weibel is chief IP counsel at Siemens in Germany
Joyce Ang is senior vice president for IPR protection at Lazada in Singapore
Juliette Rouilloux-Sicre is vice president of legal and intellectual property at Thales in France
Stephen Wurth and John Scott are legal counsel at Qualcomm in the US
 
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
Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the former secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in the UK
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
The investigation lead at the Spanish National Police asked to remain anonymous
Thom Tillis is a senator for North Carolina 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
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
Christian Archambeau is executive director at the EUIPO in Spain
António Campinos is president of the EPO in Germany
Tim Moss is former CEO of the UKIPO
Shira Perlmutter is register of copyrights at the US Copyright Office
 
Colm Connolly is the chief judge at the District Court for the District of Delaware in the US
Prathiba Singh is a judge at the Delhi High Court in India
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
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
 
Amber Kotrri is the founder of House of Zana in the UK
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
Lynn Goldsmith is a celebrity photographer in the US
Ed Sheeran is a pop star in the UK