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.