WIPO’s copyright deal: will designs be next? Francis Gurry interviewed
Could last week’s successful conclusion of the Beijing copyright treaty herald more multilateral IP deals brokered by WIPO? Francis Gurry, the organisation’s director-general, says it could
Five years ago WIPO was caught up in an IP battle on two
fronts: on the personnel side its beleaguered head, Kamil
Idris, faced allegations of misleading delegations over his age
and accomplishments; and on the policy side its development
agenda, spearheaded by increasingly powerful emerging
economies, was being resisted by many developed countries.
No significant new treaty had been concluded since 1996 and
morale in WIPO’s Geneva headquarters was low.
Now, however, the man who succeeded Idris...
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