Every year, Managing Intellectual Property publishes a list of the 50 most influential people in the field of Intellectual Property. It is not very often though that we find a mention!
In a list that pans the globe, MIP’s list of the 50 most influential people includes politicians, academicians, in-house counsel and even the IP blogger! Starting with Google’s inhouse counsel, Rose Hagan, the list includes a strong Asian flavour with some notable names being Mr. Wu Handong (President, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law), Jeong Hwan Lee (of GE Electronics), Toichi Takenaka (Chairman of Japan’s Intellectual Property Organisation).
The Indian standout is of course Mr. Kurian who has been in the news lately for his stunning and controversial reforms in the Patent Office (blogged here). Calling him “India’s efficiency champion”, MIP notes that Mr. Kurian has managed to work through India’s poor and confusing infrastructure and achieve remarkable results. An administrator by profession, Mr. Kurian has been able to strike the right balance by incorporating his managerial experience in handling a largely criticised organisation. By issuing regular circulars, memorandums and opinions, he has effectively carried out his plans to improve efficiency and begin the end of corruption in the Patent Office.
His managerial expertise is also evident in the manner he has now divided the Patent Office into specific subject groups to ensure a greater expertise in examination of the patent and thereby ensure that the work efficiently and not reluctantly. Mr. Kurian’s work has been appreciated by top IP lawyers, who all acknowledge that his tenure has already seen a change in the system and has brought in greater transparency and efficient working in the IP offices.
Kudos to Mr. Kurian! In a slightly narcisstic move, find below their mention as to the IP Blogger 🙂
The IP blogger
From the Afro-IP blog to Dennis Crouch’s Patently-O, the influence of the IP blogger continues to grow…Blogs have become so prominent that last year Managing IP even published a guide to the most popular trade mark blogs, which was distributed at the Meet the Bloggers meeting at the 2008 INTA Annual Meeting in Berlin. More recently, Managing IP launched a weekly blog report, highlighting the best of the IP blogosphere. As the internet becomes more widely used and blogs continue to proliferate, one can only assume that their content and impact on the IP world will become even more significant.”
Our congratulations to all those who have made the list.
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