World Intellectual Property Organization

Director General Francis Gurry

Francis Gurry was appointed Director General of WIPO on October 1, 2008. His current six-year term runs through September 2014.

Under his leadership, WIPO is addressing major challenges. These include managing the stress on the international patent and copyright systems produced by rapid technological change, by globalization and increased demand; reducing the knowledge gap between developed and developing countries; and ensuring that the intellectual property (IP) system serves its fundamental purpose of encouraging creativity and innovation in all countries.

To equip WIPO to meet these evolving challenges, Francis Gurry has led a comprehensive program of organizational change, realigning WIPO’s programs, resources and structures with a new set of strategic goals.

Director General Francis Gurry (photo: Dhillon Photographics). More photos on Flickr.


Speeches All speeches

Address to WIPO Assemblies 2013 Sept 2013 video
Re-Thinking the Role of Intellectual Property Aug 2013 video
Launch of the Global Innovation Index 2013 Jul 2013  


Videos on YouTube of Francis Gurry's speeches and press conferences.


Browse photos on Flickr of official engagements and events.

In the media

Interviews with the Director General and other press articles.

DG's Annual Reports

Annual reports to the WIPO Assemblies.

  • 2013 - The Year in Review PDF, WIPO: The Year (2013) in Review

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