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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Prathiba Singh at the Delhi High Court

Prathiba Singh is a judge at the Delhi High Court in India

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Prathiba Singh, judge, Delhi High Court, India

Justice Prathiba Singh made last year’s list because of her instrumental role in setting up India’s first intellectual property-focused judicial forum, the Delhi High Court Intellectual Property Division.

This year, she was picked for handing down some excellent rulings as one of the first appointed judges of the newly established forum.

According to stakeholders, Singh hasn’t just been using judgments to resolve individual cases, she has also set out broad policy positions to help rights owners more generally.

In March, she took the IP office to task when she fined two officers for failing to disclose material facts in Dr Reddy’s Laboratories v Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks.

She also directed the IP office to formulate a plan to deal with the more than 200,000 oppositions pending before it.

In Dabur India v Ashok Kumar, she directed government authorities, ICANN, and domain name registrars to formulate solutions to curb malpractice from registrants.

Singh was also part of the two committees that released rules on the functioning of the IP division and adjudication of patent disputes in February.

These rules have made processing IP cases, particularly patent matters, much faster and easier.

Singh has held a judicial position for a little over five years – but her record already shows that having a former industry practitioner as a judge can lead to real and effective change.

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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
The investigation lead at the Spanish National Police asked to remain anonymous
Thom Tillis is a senator for North Carolina at the US Congress
Kerstin Jorna is director general of DG Grow at the European Commission in Belgium
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
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
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
 
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
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
Klaus Grabinski is president of the UPC Court of Appeal in Germany
 
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