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After a five month process the names of 2007’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame can now be revealed. They are:

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Mr Abu-Ghazaleh has provided assistance and support to governmental committees and officials charged with revising and drafting new laws and regulations for the protection and enforcement of IP rights across the Arab world and beyond. As an author, he has also assisted in the publication of numerous groundbreaking reference works on IP in the Arab world, including the compilation of an English translation of all Arab IP laws and a major IP dictionary in Arabic.

Hisamitsu Arai One of the most influential Commissioners of the Japanese Patent Office, Mr Arai served a rare two terms and is one of the few Japanese Commissioners to remain a leader in the IP community, both in his home country and internationally, serving on the WIPO Policy Advisory Commission. He was also Secretary General, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, a cabinet secretary position, and is credited with elevating IP issues to the Prime Minister level and continuing to lead Japan’s IP policy.

Jerome Gilson Mr Gilson is the original author of Trademark Protection and Practice, a standard treatise in the field which has been re-named "Gilson on Trademarks". Mr Gilson has worked extensively in drafting trademark legislation that has been enacted by Congress, such as the Trademark Law Revision Act of 1988 and the Federal Trademark Dilution Act of 1995.

Professor Karl Jorda Karl F Jorda is Professor of Intellectual Property Law as well as the Director of the Germeshausen Center for the Law of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Franklin Pierce Law Center. Before joining Pierce Law in 1989, he was Chief IP Counsel for 26 years at Ciba-Geigy.

Sir Hugh Laddie Hugh Laddie has devoted most of his career to IP and has dealt with the subject in the UK as a barrister, judge, solicitor/consultant, mediator and teacher. He has a unique view and insight which he generously shares. He will not shy away from making tough and unpopular decisions if he believes them to be right. He is now a consultant at Rouse & Co International.

Gerald Mossinghoff A former Commissioner of the USPTO, Hon Gerald J Mossinghoff currently advises the firm Oblon Spivak. One of the world's premier IP specialists, he advised President Reagan on the establishment of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which strengthened and brought certainty to patent law in the US. He also initiated an automation programme at the USPTO which computerised the USPTO’s databases.

Pauline Newman Dr Pauline Newman is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is one of the most prominent women patent lawyers in the world. She was, for many years, the only female chief patent counsel of a major company, the FMC Corporation. She was instrumental in bringing about a number of the patent reforms of the early 1980s, including the creation of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. President Reagan later appointed her to that court.

Kevin Rivette Former patent attorney, founder of Aurigin Systems and, until very recently, VP of IP Strategy at IBM. Few books have had more impact on intellectual asset management than Rembrandts in the Attic. The book demonstrated how corporations could leverage their intellectual property rights in ways that would have a profound influence on revenue generation and bottom-line return. Critics may complain now that it over-simplified and over-hyped the issue. That may be true for the “IP purist”, but the book played a pivotal role in making IP much more accessible to the non-specialist.

Professor Joseph Straus Professor Joseph Straus is a director of the world-famous Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property in Munich. He is a leading academic figure in European patent law and one of the most renowned and influential patent scholars worldwide. He shaped many of the current IP doctrines and his opinion is most respected by national governments and non-governmental institutions. Professor Straus teaches at many leading IP institutions worldwide.

Many thanks to the IP Kat for supplying the links to each inductee.

The IP Hall of Fame was launched in 2005 and is designed to honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of IP law and practice, so helping to establish IP as one of the key business assets of the 21st century.

The process to find inductees for 2007 began in April with the appointment of the IP Hall of Fame Academy.

Having assembled the Academy, IAM magazine then invited members of the global IP community to submit nominations for potential induction. Over 300 nominations were received in the period from April to June. These were then collated and a short list of around 100 names was sent to Academy members, who then submitted their votes. The voting process ended on 1st September.