The British New Years Honours list has just been published (you can read it in full here) and it contains the names of at least three people whose honours are connected with intellectual property (the full list is 95 pages long and the grounds on which honours are given is sometimes a little cryptic). Anyway, this year's IP stars are
* Christine Reid (Lambert Group), who becomes a MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to collaborative research and innovation;Congratulations, says the IPKat. It's good to see IP-related activity recognised at the highest levels. Merpel is a little puzzled though. Normally a Kat who prides herself on her vast knowledge of the IP fraternity, she is a little embarrassed to confess that she is unfamiliar with all of these names. She wonders whether any of her readers might please enlighten her?
* Nicholas Buckland (no affiliation given), similarly honoured for services to technology and innovation;
* Geoffrey Drage (no affiliation given) has been awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to intellectual property rights.