How to be an IP leader

The role of leaders in IP – whether in-house, in law firms or at other entities – was challenged like never before during the global pandemic. Some of those who made the big calls share their experiences in a special IAM report

The latest IAM Special Report is now available online for subscribers. Entitled IP Leadership: What it is and why it matters, the 68-page publication focuses on a topic that has become even more important over the last 18-months of the global covid pandemic.

Wherever you sit within the IP ecosystem, you have just been a period of unprecedented uncertainty. Yet for corporates, research organisations, law firms and service providers, it is times such as these that reward the teams that are creative, cohesive and, crucially, well managed.

IAM spoke to some of the most dynamic executives in different parts of the IP ecosystem to ask them for their insights into how they formulate innovative long-term strategies, win support for their plans internally and externally, attract and manage diverse, talented groups and deal with adversity.

The report also includes IAM’s annual list of the top 40 IP Market Makers – the individuals driving the transactions market atop some of the most lucrative patent-based businesses. For the first time, too, we have complemented the ranking with a companion list, which recognises influential IP heads from the life sciences space – it is a vastly different playing field, but one that richly rewards innovative business models.

Meanwhile, veteran IP journalist Harry Rijnen profiles five top executives, quizzing them about their rise to the top and the lessons on leadership that they have learned along the way, while other stand-out individuals share their thoughts directly on everything from how to enhance diversity among innovators to the need to balance different competencies within a team.

Leadership is just as important in the private practice space but running a law firm IP practice a or patent attorney firm comes with its own set of challenges. In a roundtable of managing partners and heads of intellectual property from some of the most highly decorated businesses in the IAM Patent 1000, we learn about rapid changes in the legal landscape and why partnerships need to adapt to these.

Finally, we have taken the opportunity to ask the three 2021 living inductees into the IP Hall of Fame – former USPTO director Andrei Iancu, RPX CEO Dan McCurdy and Lenovo chief legal officer Laura Quatela – to reflect on their journeys to the pinnacle of the IP profession.

You can access the report via this link: IP Leadership: What it is and why it matters

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