Francis Gurry at WIPO

WIPO reappoints Francis Gurry for second term as head of WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed Francis Gurry to a second six-year term in the position of Director General of WIPO. This term runs from October 1, 2014 – September 2020. WIPO press release.


I was fortunate to meet Francis Gurry during his recent visit to Washington, D.C. I asked Mr. Gurry about his mandate for the next six years if he got re-elected. Some snippets of his answer include:

– managing the increase in demand for intellectual property rights that is occurring around the world

– making the system work more efficiently with respect to the global protection of intellectual property

– providing an even playing field – something that began with the Marrakesh Treaty and the Beijing Treaty

– engaging WIPO members in greater dialogue about the global digital marketplace

I’ll be blogging more about Mr. Gurry’s mandate for the next six years. You may also want to read “Chatting with the Director General of WIPO” where the two of us discussed generational differences in copyright, WIPO treaties on exceptions, digital copyright issues, and copyright and librarians – published in The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter, 2014-1.



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