Queen’s Birthday honours for two prominent IP professionals19 June 2017
There were two awards for services to intellectual property in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published on 16th June 2017.
Congratulations to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney’s (CIPA) Immediate Past-President Andrea Brewster, who was awarded an OBE; and Professor Ruth Annand from Humphreys & Co and Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Bristol, who was awarded a CBE.
Andrea Brewster was instrumental in the formation and the subsequent development of diversity and inclusion initiative IP Inclusive. Started in 2015, IP Inclusive has seen more than 100 firms sign its charter, committing them to improving equality, diversity and inclusivity in the intellectual property professions.
Professor Ruth Annand is an Appointed Person, appointed by the Lord Chancellor under the Trade Marks Act 1994 to hear appeals from decisions of the trade marks registrar, as well being an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Bristol.
CITMA President Kate O’Rourke, who herself was awarded an MBE last year, said: “These awards for Andrea and Ruth are both richly deserved. They have shown incredible dedication to intellectual property throughout their careers, and on behalf of CITMA I would like to congratulate them both.”
This year marks 100 years of the Order of the British Empire. The awards recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people from across the UK.
Andrea and Ruth are set to formally receive their awards from a member of the royal family in due course.
Picture: Andrea Brewster with then Intellectual Property Office Chief Executive John Alty at the launch of IP Inclusive.