Bruce Gosper talks with Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on innovation and the changing nature of international trade

19 Jul 2013

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Francis GurryBruce Gosper

Francis Gurry was appointed as Director General of WIPO on 1 October, 2008. As Director General, Mr Gurry is addressing many challenges to ensure that WIPO and the international intellectual property system continue stimulating innovation and creativity and contributing to market order worldwide.

Francis Gurry began his WIPO career in 1985, initially in the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He was instrumental in establishing the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in 1994. He served on the WIPO top management team from 1997, initially as Assistant Director General, then from 2003 as Deputy Director General with responsibility for patents and the PCT system, the Arbitration and Mediation Center, traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources.

Before joining WIPO, Francis Gurry practiced as an attorney in Australia, and taught law at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is the author of numerous publications and articles on intellectual property issues in international journals.