Congratulations to Sean Dennehey, Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Intellectual Property Office, for being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours list of 2018.
IP Draughts has had regular interactions with Sean in recent years, and has found him straightforward, humane, talented, wise, a good civil servant, an excellent role model, and very helpful within the political constraints of his role. IP Draughts has learnt a lot from Sean, and he can’t think of anyone more deserving of this senior honour.
Regrettably, Sean seems to be the only person connected with IP, business law or technology transfer to receive an honour in this year’s list. The closest to these categories – and it is something of a stretch – that IP Draughts was able to find is Nulifer von Bismarck, Head of Equity Capital Markets at Slaughter and May, who is awarded an OBE for services to financial services.
IP Draughts can’t help wondering whether the lack of honorees in the IP and legal fields reflects this government’s disdain for the legal community, or is due to a shortage of genuine national leaders in these fields. But that is a debate for another day.
Congratulations again, Sean Dennehey!