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50 most influential people in IP 2022: MIP recognises Wang Jiangqiao at the Hangzhou Internet Court

Wang Jiangqiao is a judge at the Hangzhou Internet Court in China

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It has been more than a year since the non-fungible token hype hit the internet.

Since then, countless intellectual property disputes have surrounded the token.

But only a few NFT spats have reached the courts, and final decisions have been delivered in even fewer cases.

Justice Wang Jiangqiao, a judge at the Hangzhou Internet Court, was picked for our top 50 list for delivering China’s first-ever ruling in a dispute concerning NFTs and IP infringement.

In his April edict in Shenzhen Qice Diechu Cultural Creativity v Hangzhou Yuanyuzhou Technology, Jianqiao settled the long-debated legal status of the token and held that an NFT was a digital commodity.

He also clarified that the sale of an NFT did not trigger an automatic transfer of the IP in the underlying artwork.

According to the ruling, the sale of an unauthorised NFT did not violate the copyright owner's right to distribute the underlying work but infringed their right to communicate through information networks.

Jianqiao also held that NFT marketplaces had a higher obligation to review uploaded content than regular internet service providers and that they should make efforts to verify the copyright ownership of underlying works associated with NFTs.

As a result of his precedential ruling, IP owners in China can now feel a lot more secure about their rights in NFT marketplaces.

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
René Claude Metomo is the president of the Association of Penja Pepper Producers in Cameroon
Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreessen are founders at Andreessen Horowitz in the US
Clemens Heusch is global head of dispute resolution at Nokia in Germany
Robert Devonshire is a partner at MML Capital in the UK
Craig Wright is a computer scientist in Australia
Jack Randles is head of legal at Manolo Blahnik in the UK
Nader Pazirandeh is president at Unicolors in the US
Daniel Zohny is head of IP at FIFA in Switzerland
Beat Weibel is chief IP counsel at Siemens in Germany
Scott Frank is CEO of IP at AT&T in the US
Audrey Lee is general counsel at Starz Entertainment in the US
Juliette Rouilloux-Sicre is vice president of legal and intellectual property at Thales in France
Mattia Fogliacco is president of Sisvel International in Luxembourg
Stephen Wurth and John Scott are legal counsel at Qualcomm in the US
Jim Sullivan is a director at Shazam Productions in the UK
Shannon Thyme Klinger is chief legal officer at Moderna in the US
Joyce Ang is senior vice president for IPR protection at Lazada in Singapore
Niall Trainor is senior director of brand protection at eOne in the UK
 
The investigation lead at the Spanish National Police asked to remain anonymous
Patrick Leahy is a senator for Vermont at the US Congress
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
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
Edwin Tong is the second minister for law in the Singapore government
Vladimir Putin is president of Russia
Jacob Rees-Mogg is the former secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in the UK
 
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
Christian Archambeau is executive director at the EUIPO in Spain
Tim Moss is former CEO of the UKIPO
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
 
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
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
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
Ed Sheeran is a pop star in the UK
Lynn Goldsmith is a celebrity photographer in the US
Ankit Sahni is the owner of the RAGHAV Artificial Intelligence Painting App in India