Following a process that began in October last year and deliberation by members of the IP Hall of Fame Academy, we can officially announce the six inductees into the IP Hall of Fame for 2012. They are:
Beatrix de Russe - As head of IP and licensing at Technicolor, Ms de Russe has built and managed one of the biggest and most lucrative high-tech patent licensing operations in the world.
Q. Todd Dickinson - Currently the executive director of AIPLA, Mr Dickinson’s previous roles include running the IP operation at GE and being Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO.
Alan Drewsen - Mr Drewsen has been executive director of the INTA since 1998. During this time the organisation has grown significantly and has become a powerful force in advocating strong trademark rights on a global basis.
David Kappos - The Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO since 2009, Mr Kappos was previously head of IP at IBM.
J. Thomas McCarthy - An internationally renowned author on IP matters, Professor McCarthy’s treatise, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition, has been relied upon in over 2,000 judicial opinions.
Marybeth Peters - Ms Peters was the United States Register of Copyrights 1994 until her retirement from the role in 2010. Only Thorvald Solberg, the first Register of Copyrights, held the post for longer.
The selection process began in October last year. Members of the international IP community were invited to nominate individuals who they felt had “made an outstanding contribution to the development of intellectual property law and practice”, and to supply supporting paragraphs giving their reasons. All nominations were then sent to the members of the IP Hall of Fame Academy to consider and to make the final choice.
Usually five individuals are inducted into the Hall of Fame, however this year three people received the same number of votes, therefore we are inducting six.
The IP Hall of Fame was set up by IAM magazine in 2006 to identify and honour the individuals who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century. Inductees include men and women from business, politics, the law, finance and academia. The aim of the IP Hall of Fame is to acknowledge the vital role played by these innovators in fostering today's vibrant IP environment and ensuring its continued health, and also to show the vital role that intellectual property plays in today’s global economy.
The six inductees for 2012 will be honoured at a gala dinner at the world famous Estoril Casino in Portugal on 25th June 2012, during the IP Business Congress.