World Intellectual Property Organization

Director General Francis Gurry

Francis Gurry has led WIPO as Director General since October 1, 2008. He was reappointed in May 2014 for a second six-year term, which runs through September 2020.

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 re-defined strategic goals.

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


Speeches All speeches

Briefing to Ambassadors: Results in 2014 | Program Highlights 2015 PDF, Briefing to Ambassadors: Results in 2014 | Program Highlights 2015
Perspectives for the IP System in a Globalized World Video, WIPO DG address on Perspectives for the Intellectual Property System in a Globalized World, new window
Remarks opening a meeting of the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s International Series 2014 Video
Address of the DG to the 2014 WIPO Assemblies  


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.

  • 2014 - The Year in Review PDF, The Year in Review – Report of the DG to the WIPO Assemblies  2014

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