50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Niall Trainor at Entertainment One
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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Niall Trainor at Entertainment One

Niall Trainor is senior director of brand protection at eOne in the UK

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Niall Trainor, senior director brand protection, eOne, UK

Managing the intellectual property rights to the Peppa Pig franchise is bound to keep you busy and in the news. So, it’s no surprise that this next entrant is on our list for the second year in a row.

Last year, Niall Trainor’s inclusion was based on securing well-known trademark status in China. This year, it’s down to his efforts in Russia.

In June, Russia’s Second Appeal Commercial Court confirmed Peppa Pig characters had been infringed. That ruling overturned a judgment from March 2022 from the Kirov Commercial Court, which denied IP protection on the basis of Western sanctions.

The UK unit of eOne, which owns the Peppa Pig brand, filed its complaint in September 2021, alleging that the defendant, a Russian individual, was selling counterfeit figurines from the series.

It could have been a routine open and shut case – but between the matter being filed and judgment being issued, Russia invaded Ukraine. The invasion prompted a slew of sanctions from Western nations and counter responses from Russia, which included disavowing IP belonging to “unfriendly” nations, including the UK.

In his March edict, Judge A P Slavinsky dismissed eOne’s claims and found that the complaint was filed in bad faith because the plaintiff was based in the UK.

The decision created uncertainty for foreign brand owners in Russia.

The fact that it was then overturned on appeal came as welcome relief to many.

Trainor told Managing IP shortly after the appeal court’s verdict that denying legal protection to an entity purely based on its jurisdiction was against the public interest.

He said: “In a period of an undoubtedly complex and fractious geopolitical environment, it is more important than ever that the rule of law holds firm where possible.”

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Konstantinos Georgaras is CEO of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
António Campinos is president of the EPO in Germany
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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