From an initial scan, this year’s UK New Year Honours List appears to include very few people from the world of intellectual property – fewer than usual. IP Draughts congratulates the following people, whose breadth of expertise has brought them into contact with IP contracts, but whose central focus and distinction lie elsewhere:
- Professor Mark Pepys FRS, of University College London, who has been knighted. Among his many other distinctions, Sir Mark is the founder of Pentraxin Therapeutics Limited, which holds the intellectual property of his research group and which has a major contract with GlaxoSmithKline.
- Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, who has also been knighted.
- Nigel Eastaway, a tax partner at giant accountancy firm BDO, who has received an OBE (Order of the British Empire). Nigel Eastaway’s connection with IP is that he is one of the authors of the leading UK textbook on the taxation of IP, Intellectual Property Law and Taxation, which is now in its 7th edition.
Have we missed anyone?