Director General Francis Gurry
Francis Gurry was appointed as Director General of WIPO on October 1, 2008. He is the fourth Director General of WIPO and his current six-year term runs through September 2014.
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. How can WIPO and national IP offices meet the growing demand for patent services around the world? Are changes to the copyright system necessary to ensure its relevance in a rapidly evolving business and technological environment? How can respect for intellectual property rights be promoted in the face of widespread trade in counterfeit and pirated goods? How can WIPO contribute to the active participation and enjoyment in the benefits of innovation and the knowledge economy by all countries?
In response to the urgent challenges for intellectual property in the 21st Century, Mr. Gurry has led a comprehensive program of strategic realignment of the direction and work of the Organization. The program is aimed at realigning WIPO programs, resources and structures with a new set of strategic goals to enable it to respond more effectively to the rapidly evolving technological, cultural and geo-economic environment.
- WIPO Director General addresses WSIS Forum 2013 (photo on Flickr) (May 14, 2013)
- WIPO Director General Meets Djibouti’s Minister Delegate of the Ministry of Economy and Finance (photo on Flickr) (Apr 29, 2013)
- The Next Generation - World IP Day Message from Director General Francis Gurry (Apr 26, 2013)
- WIPO Director General addresses the Seventh Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy (photo on Flickr) (Apr 25, 2013)
- WIPO Director General Urges Negotiators to Advance on Treaty for the Visually Impaired (Video on YouTube) (Apr 18, 2013)