Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

WIPO Director General Visits Romania, Meets Prime Minister, Ministers and other Officials

March 7, 2019

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry discussed bilateral relations and the role of innovation in the global economy during meetings held with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă and other senior government officials in Romania.

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Mr. Gurry also opened the high level “Conference on the Future of Industrial Property in Europe – Challenges and Perspectives” during his March 4-5, 2019 visit. Romania's Minister of Economy Niculae Bădălău, Executive Director of EUIPO Christian Archambeau and Mr. President of the European Patent Office (EPO) Antonio Campinos also took part in the event.

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Mr. Gurry and Ms. Dăncilă discussed the future of bilateral cooperation between WIPO and the Government of Romania, the role of the Government in promoting intellectual property (IP) rights in Romania and the region and how new technologies are impacting the economy.

The Prime Minister said she appreciated the WIPO’s current direction and its role in promoting the use of intellectual property rights in the global economy. Mr. Gurry said he highly valued the planning and different initiatives of the Government of Romania in stimulating innovation, underlining the key role IP plays in this process.

In talks with Mr. Niculae Bădălău, discussion focused on the important role IP plays in the economic development of Romania and the European Union. The Director General underlined the excellent cooperation between WIPO and the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM) and ongoing and future joint activities.

During a bilateral meeting with Mr. Valer Daniel Breaz, Minister for Culture and National Identity, the Director General underlined the excellent cooperation with the Ministry, especially through the Romanian Copyright Office (ORDA). They discussed the important role that Romania plays in multilateral discussions and negotiations on IP rights, including copyright.

Mr. Gurry also met with Mr. George Ciamba, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, to discuss IP agenda for the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and IP challenges relating to new technologies.