Tuesday 12 May 2020

WIPO Has New Designated Director General

Dr Francis Gurry, who has been the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the specialized body of the United Nations for the protection of Intellectual Property, will be leaving his post after leading WIPO for twelve years as its key official.

Dr Gurry will be replaced by Mr Daren Tang, the current Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (SIPO). Mr Tang holds an LLM from Georgetown University and an LLB from the National University of Singapore. According to his C.V., his core achievement as the CEO of SIPO was to set the baseline for Singapore to thrive as an IP nation. For WIPO he has so far acted as its Chair of the Copyright Committee.

Mr Tang is the first Asian to ever hold this office. Other candidates for WIPO’s top job included long lasting insiders like Dr Edward Kwakwa, a national of Ghana and Ms Binying Wang, a national of China.

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