The 50 most influential people in IP 2023
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The 50 most influential people in IP 2023


Managing IP reveals its pick of the top people driving intellectual property law, policy and business this year

It’s been an exciting 12 months in the world of intellectual property, and once again Managing IP has picked the 50 people who had the most influence in making that happen.

As with last year, our 50 profiles are all published on separate pages.

You can access these pages by clicking on the five tabs at the bottom of this page: industry leaders, IP authorities, public officials, judges, and notable individuals (note: we save private practitioners for our IP STARS research and rankings).

The tabs can also be found at the bottom of each profile.

In Europe, the Unified Patent Court finally came into being after many years of talks. The EU also proposed a controversial regulation on standard-essential patent licensing. You can expect to see at least a few individuals connected with those two developments in the list.

Not to mention, the EUIPO got a new executive director after a bruising leadership campaign that lasted much of the year.

There were plenty of important court decisions over the last 12 months, too, and our judges section recognises some of those rulings.

There were also numerous milestones in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), including a notable crossover between AI and the judiciary.

In Asia, there was a major milestone regarding patent policy in India and more signs that China is inching towards being a more favourable jurisdiction for foreign brand owners. Find out which individuals helped shape those trends.

As in previous years, the list also recognises those who may not be immediately connected to IP but whose actions have undeniably shaped the industry.

Which billionaire businessman makes the cut, how did two tuberculosis survivors play a vital role in access to medicine, and which popular children’s doll proved a prime example of how companies can monetise their IP?

Finally, much like his efforts to secure consecutive chart-topping singles during the Christmas period, a famous singer-songwriter gets a second appearance in a row on this end-of-year list.

All that and much more is included in this year’s list. We hope you enjoy browsing it and learning about some of the key figures from 2023.

If you would like to compare this year’s list to 2022’s, click here.


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The list is in five categories, which you can navigate by selecting the appropriate section below.

Industry leaders
Public officials
IP authorities
Notable individuals
Hakki is senior partner at Shearman & Sterling in the US and Dejonghe is senior partner at Allen & Overy in London
Ragot is general counsel at Christian Louboutin in France
Gil is director of research at IBM in New York
Mishra is chairman at The Bar Council of India
Reinitz is director and advocacy and legal operations counsel at Getty Images in the US
Liu is chief IP counsel at Bayer in China
Kahle is the founder of the Internet Archive in California
McKay is general counsel at LKQ in Chicago
Donahue is principal counsel of patent litigation at Sanofi in New York
Huang is an IP legal counsel at Assa Abloy in China
Welch is chief IP counsel at Jack Daniel's in California
Musk is the founder of X Corp in the US
McCallum is head of litigation and IP at CoStar in the US
Fitzgerald is senior vice president at Avanci in Dublin
Adair is co-founder of Cellect in the US
Mettler is legal director for global brand protection at Yum Brands in Texas
Fan is vice president for IP at Huawei in China
Whitaker is chief legal officer at 10x Genomics in San Francisco
Breton is commissioner for the internal market in the EU at the European Commission
Jaramillo is health minister for the Colombian government
Goyal is the minister of commerce and industry in India
Meikle is the chief executive at the Commerce Commission in New Zealand
Coons is chair of the Senate Judiciary IP Subcommittee in Washington DC
Khan is chair of the US Federal Trade Commission in Washington DC
Orliuk is the director of Ukraine’s IP office, UANIPIO
Perlmutter is register of copyrights at the US Copyright Office in Washington DC
Campinos is president of the EPO in Munich
Vidal is the director of the USPTO and under-secretary of commerce for IP in the US government in Washington DC
Barba is the director general at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines
Koichi is commissioner at the JPO in Japan
Schwager is the director general at IP Australia
Furtado was president of Brazil’s patent and trademark office (INPI) in Brazil
Negrão is the executive director of the EUIPO in Alicante
Kupecz is a judge at the UPC Central Division in Germany
Birss is a judge at the England and Wales Court of Appeal in London
Newman is a judge at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC
Grabinski is chief judge of the UPC Court of Appeal in Germany
Sotomayor is a justice at the US Supreme Court in Washington DC
Manmohan and Banerjee are judges at the Delhi High Court in India
Connolly is chief judge of the District Court for the District of Delaware
Zigann is a judge at the UPC Munich local division
Smith is a judge at the England and Wales High Court
Venkatesan and Tisile are activists based in India and South Africa, respectively
Müller is an IP commentator who is now based in Monaco
Annsley Merelle Ward, Amy Crouch, Laura Whiting, and Tom Mitcheson KC are ChIPS members based in London
Haertel was a patent lawyer and president of the German Patent and Trade Mark Office
Jonathan’s Voice is a mental health charity in the UK
Altman is the CEO of OpenAI in the US
Gerwig is a film director in the US
Sheeran is a famous singer and songwriter based in the UK