50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Shannon Thyme Klinger at Moderna
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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Shannon Thyme Klinger at Moderna

Shannon Thyme Klinger is chief legal officer at Moderna in the US

Italy - January, 5, 2021: Moderna Inc produces the vaccine again
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When COVID hit the world, a lot of stakeholders wanted to ensure patents wouldn’t get in the way of access to medicine.

Several tech companies signed the Open COVID pledge, in which they promised free public access to their intellectual property for the purpose of fighting COVID.

 The World Trade Organization debated and eventually introduced a controversial patent waiver for vaccines.

And Moderna, one of the lead vaccine manufacturers, promised not to enforce its patents related to COVID against other vaccine manufacturers while the pandemic was ongoing.

 But this August, Moderna – where Shannon Thyme Klinger leads the legal team – sued Pfizer for patent infringement in the District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The company emphasised that it wasn’t seeking injunctive relief but wanted monetary compensation.

It’s still unclear how this dispute between two of the US’s largest vaccine manufacturers will play out. But the case is one to keep an eye on for a couple reasons.

First, the issues in the dispute are expected to apply to mRNA platforms beyond COVID. A Moderna victory could hand the company a large share of the mRNA market.

The suit could flesh out how patent pledges are enforced too. The company indicated that its pledge shouldn’t prohibit it from suing Pfizer, claiming in its complaint that COVID had entered an endemic phase.

But the way these arguments play out in court could have implications for how other companies approach these matters in the future.

Profiles for the 50 most influential people in IP 2022
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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
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Robert Devonshire is a partner at MML Capital in the UK
Scott Frank is CEO of IP at AT&T in the US
Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen are founders at Andreessen Horowitz in the US
Mattia Fogliacco is president of Sisvel International in Luxembourg
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
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
Juliette Rouilloux-Sicre is vice president of legal and intellectual property at Thales in France
Daniel Zohny is head of IP at FIFA in Switzerland
Audrey Lee is general counsel at Starz Entertainment in the US
Nader Pazirandeh is president at Unicolors in the US
Niall Trainor is senior director of brand protection at eOne in the UK
Jack Randles is head of legal at Manolo Blahnik in the UK
 
The investigation lead at the Spanish National Police asked to remain anonymous
Thom Tillis is a senator for North Carolina at the US Congress
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the director general of the World Trade Organization in Switzerland
Kerstin Jorna is director general of DG Grow at the European Commission in Belgium
Patrick Leahy is a senator for Vermont at the US Congress
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the former president of the United Arab Emirates
Vladimir Putin is president of Russia
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the former secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in the UK
Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government
 
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
Kathi Vidal is the director of the USPTO and under secretary of commerce for IP in the US government
Christian Archambeau is executive director at the EUIPO in Spain
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
Tim Moss is former CEO of the UKIPO
 
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
Klaus Grabinski is president of the UPC Court of Appeal in Germany
Prathiba Singh is a judge at the Delhi High Court in India
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
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
Ed Sheeran is a pop star in the UK
Ankit Sahni is the owner of the RAGHAV Artificial Intelligence Painting App in India
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