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.