The 50 Most Influential People in IP

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 🙂

Informing opinion

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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    Yet another Pati, Patni & Post tale: Anjali Prasad to replace her husband as DIPP joint secretary

    IN YET another tale of Pati, Patni and Post, a 1983 batch Uttaranchal cadre IAS Anjali Prasad may join the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) under the ministry of commerce and industry as a joint secretary, the post which is lying vacant after her husband N N Prasad, a 1981 batch Uttaranchal cadre IAS got a foreign posting couple of months ago.
    This is, however, a case where the wife incidentally receives the same post held by her husband earlier, unlike BoI’s earlier tale of “Pati, Patni and Post” in which then commerce secretary and present home secretary G K Pillai was competing with his wife labour secretary Sudha Pillai to clinch the cabinet secretary’s post. But neither of those 1972 batch Kerala cadre IAS succeeded as the current incumbent K M Chandrasekhar got one year’s extension.
    Significantly, Ms Prasad, a product of Delhi School of Economics, who held various responsibilities at the state level in the field of industry, commerce and finance, also had diplomas on WTO dispute settlement and WIPO diploma in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).
    Her husband Mr Prasad, who as a joint secretary in DIPP played a key role in sensitizing the IPR issues, joined as the Chef De Cabinet to the Director General of WIPO, Dr Francis Gurry in Geneva two months ago. The WIPO is the world intellectual property organization and one of the 16 specialised agencies under the United Nations.
    Ms Prasad is the daughter of former IAS, A N Verma who served as the principal secretary to Prime Minister during Narasimha Rao’s time.


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