50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Scott Frank at AT&T
Scott Frank is CEO of IP at AT&T in the US
Scott Frank made last year’s list for setting up the US Intellectual Property Alliance and announcing plans to form the Global Intellectual Property Alliance.
He retains his place because he launched GLIPA in Atlanta this October, which seeks to bring regional, national and local IP organisations and leaders together. It’s based on the success of the USIPA and the Georgia Intellectual Property Alliance, which Frank also set up.
In October, GLIPA signed a memorandum of understanding with WIPO, setting out that the organisations would work together on mutually supportive activities and programmes that advanced the global understanding and use of IP to improve peoples’ lives.
The organisation’s members included former USPTO director David Kappos and former UK judge Robin Jacob. It’s founded on the principles of education, collaboration, and diversity and inclusion.
Frank previously stated that he was thrilled that GLIPA had launched and that he hoped it would spread awareness of IP across the world.
“Few people in the US know much if anything about IP, and that’s true for the world too,” he said. “Yet IP is so fundamental to our existence. We wouldn’t have got several COVID vaccines out as quickly as we did without IP.”
Disclaimer: Patrick Wingrove, Managing IP’s deputy managing editor, is a board member of GLIPA