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WIPO’s copyright deal: will designs be next? Francis Gurry interviewed

Emma Barraclough, London

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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