50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Nader Pazirandeh at Unicolors
Managing IP is part of the Delinian Group, Delinian Limited, 4 Bouverie Street, London, EC4Y 8AX, Registered in England & Wales, Company number 00954730
Copyright © Delinian Limited and its affiliated companies 2024

Accessibility | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Modern Slavery Statement

50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Nader Pazirandeh at Unicolors

Nader Pazirandeh is president at Unicolors in the US

Nader Pazirandeh, president, Unicolors, US

Nobody’s perfect, including those registering for copyright.

But thanks to Nader Pazirandeh’s company Unicolors, which creates designs for use on textiles and garments, those who include inaccuracies in their copyright registrations have a better chance of enforcing them.

The US Supreme Court ruled in Unicolors v H&M in February that a lack of knowledge of either fact or law could excuse an inaccuracy in a registration.

 The Copyright Office granted Unicolors a registration that comprised 31 separate designs in 2011. The company stated that all the designs were sold to the public at the same time.

 But it emerged, when Pazirandeh’s company sued H&M, that some of the designs were sold to different customers at different times.

 SCOTUS ruled that the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was wrong to accept H&M’s argument that the registration should be invalidated because Unicolors had knowingly included inaccuracies in its application.

The high court claimed there was no intention to deceive the Copyright Office.

According to some counsel, the ruling was good for individual creators because it made it less likely for those creators to be punished for honest mistakes.

Profiles for the 50 most influential people in IP 2022
View profiles

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
Robert Devonshire is a partner at MML Capital in the UK
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen are founders at Andreessen Horowitz in the US
Scott Frank is CEO of IP at AT&T in the US
Audrey Lee is general counsel at Starz Entertainment in the US
Niall Trainor is senior director of brand protection at eOne in the UK
Juliette Rouilloux-Sicre is vice president of legal and intellectual property at Thales in France
Beat Weibel is chief IP counsel at Siemens in Germany
Stephen Wurth and John Scott are legal counsel at Qualcomm in the US
Joyce Ang is senior vice president for IPR protection at Lazada in Singapore
Daniel Zohny is head of IP at FIFA in Switzerland
Jack Randles is head of legal at Manolo Blahnik in the UK
Clemens Heusch is global head of dispute resolution at Nokia in Germany
Jim Sullivan is a director at Shazam Productions in the UK
René Claude Metomo is the president of the Association of Penja Pepper Producers in Cameroon
Shannon Thyme Klinger is chief legal officer at Moderna in the US
Mattia Fogliacco is president of Sisvel International in Luxembourg
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
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
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the former secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in the UK
Kerstin Jorna is director general of DG Grow at the European Commission in Belgium
Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government
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
Shira Perlmutter is register of copyrights at the US Copyright Office
António Campinos is president of the EPO in Germany
Shen Changyu is the commissioner of the CNIPA in China
Konstantinos Georgaras is CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Kathi Vidal is the director of the USPTO and under secretary of commerce for IP in the US government
Tim Moss is former CEO of the UKIPO
Christian Archambeau is executive director at the EUIPO in Spain
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
Colm Connolly is the chief judge at the District Court for the District of Delaware in the US
Orlando Garcia is the chief judge at the District Court for the Western District of Texas in the US
Prathiba Singh is a judge at the Delhi High Court in India
Suzanne Barnett was the interim chief judge at the Copyright Royalty Board in the US
Klaus Grabinski is president of the UPC Court of Appeal in Germany
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
Gift this article