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Beatrix de Russe. As head of IP and licensing at Technicolor, Beatrix built and operated one of the biggest and most lucrative high-tech patent licensing operations in the world.
Q. Todd Dickinson. Currently the executive director of AIPLA, Todd's previous roles include Under Secretary for Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO.
Alan Drewsen. Alan has been executive director of INTA since 1998, during which time the organization has grown and thrived in its mission to improve IP rights in its member countries.
David Kappos. The Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO since 2009, David was previously formerly head of IP at IBM.
J Thomas McCarthy. An internationally renowned author on IP matters, Tom is the author of an eponymous treatise, McCarthy on Trademarks and Unfair Competition, which has been relied upon in over 2,000 judicial opinions.The inductees will be presented with their induction certificates at the IP Hall of Fame Gala Dinner on 25 June at the Estoril Casino during the IP Business Congress in Portugal. Well done, says the IPKat, you've conributed a huge amount for your various bits of the IP community. Merpel says, it looks as if the best way to become famous is to be based in the United States and run an organisation ...
Marybeth Peters. Marybeth was the United States Register of Copyrights 1994 until her retirement from the role in 2010, during which time she was instrumental in introducing an electronic filing system.
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