As many will recall last year this blogger was the only African named among 2014 Managing IP Top 50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property.
This year, Managing IP (MIP) has recently published the 13th edition of the annual List of the 50 Most Influential People in IP (MIP50). According to MIP:
“This year’s list… is one of the most diverse ever, including people from Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Some of those on the list are known for promoting stronger IP protection; others are skeptical; some are known for attacking IP rights; and many do not fit easily into any of these categories. More than one-third of those included are women, a record number.”
The four Africans in the 2015 MIP50 List are 2 women and 2 men drawn from Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa as follows:
Ruth Okediji is described by MIP as “a renowened IP academic who has taken it upon herself to help developing and least-developed countries in Africa get the best deal out of the international IP regime.” She is recognised for assisting the Africa Group at international IP law negotiation meetings in several areas including copyright exceptions for visually impaired persons, designs, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions. This blogger has previously featured Prof. Okediji among Africa’s Leading Women in IP here.
Kerry Faul, the Head of National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO) is credited by MIP for “leading South Africa’s local innovation ambitions – in particular to increase the number of patents originating from the country…South Africa has maintained its status as the leading African country in both resident and non-resident patent filing statistics.” This blogger has previously featured Dr. Faul among Africa’s Leading Women in IP here.
Fernando Dos Santos is praised by MIP for his leadership at African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO). Dos Santos is credited with bringing ARIPO member states together in adopting the Swakopmund Protocol and Arusha Protocol. He is also credited with ARIPO’s new online system and ARIPO’s revamped website.
Alexander Erwin is credited by MIP for his leadership as Chair of World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Panel looking into complaints and objections by WTO Member States on the question of whether Australia’s tobacco plain-packaging law breached the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS).
This blogger congratulates all the 2015 #MIP50 Honorees for the various contributions to the development of IP in Africa and throughout the world.