We are pleased to announce that the five individuals who have been selected as 2013’s inductees into the IP Hall of Fame are:
• Miles Alexander: Leading US trademark lawyer and partner at Kilpatrick Townsend. During a career that has spanned more than 50 years, he has helped to shape the trademark landscape by, among other things, his participation in the Trademark Review Commission which drafted the landmark 1989 Lanham Act revisions.
• Stephen Ladas: Author and name partner in US IP firm Ladas and Parry LLP. He was a key player in the 1958 revisions to the Paris Convention, and authored seminal texts including his three volume treatise “Patents, Trademarks and Related Rights”. The Ladas Memorial Award for legal writing was established by the International Trademark Association in his memory.
• Peter Meier-Beck: Presiding Judge of the German Federal Court of Justice’s patent senate and a key figure in the European patent system. He has done much to promote harmonisation of patent laws across Europe and throughout the wider world.
• Peter Dirk Siemsen: Leading Brazilian lawyer and partner at Dannemann, Siemsen. During a career that has spanned more than 60 years, he has been highly influential in shaping Brazil’s IP landscape and was founder and president of honour of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association.
• Herbert Wamsley: Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Owners Association. An influential lobbyist and campaigner for increased public awareness of the economic importance of IP rights, he is a long-time advocate for the interests of IP owners both in the US and internationally.
A gala dinner will be held in their honour in Boston this June.