Richard Owens is Director of the Copyright E-Commerce, Technology and Management Division at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (www.wipo.int). Before rejoining WIPO in October 2002, Mr. Owens was International IPR Adviser for British Music Rights (BMR) in London, the lobbying and public affairs voice of UK composers, songwriters and music publishers. While at BMR he worked on the UK implementation of the EC Copyright and E-Commerce Directives, and was an active participant in RightsWatch (2001-2002) (www.rightswatch.com), the EC-funded project which aimed at developing self-regulatory notice-and-takedown procedures for copyright content online.
From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Owens was Director of the Developing Countries (Copyright Law) Division at WIPO, advising developing countries on implementation of the WTO/TRIPS Agreement. From 1997 until April 2000, he headed the WIPO Global Intellectual Property Issues Division and spearheaded WIPO’s exploratory program to promote use of the IPR system to protect traditional knowledge and folklore.