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AIPLA Congratulates Francis Gurry On His Renomination for Director General of WIPO

Friday, March 07, 2014

Yesterday, the Coordination Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) renominated Francis Gurry, the Director General of the WIPO, to serve another six-year term beginning in October 2014. Appointment by the full membership of WIPO will be considered by the WIPO General Assembly in May.

"We are pleased that Director General Gurry will continue into a second term as the head of WIPO," said Q. Todd Dickinson, AIPLA Executive Director. "International IP policies are going through important shifts to keep up with the globalization of the economy and the fast-paced development of new technology, and Director General Gurry has proven to be a significant friend of the stakeholder community. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with WIPO during his second term."

Director General Gurry was appointed to his first term on October 1, 2008. He previously served as Assistant Director General, then as Deputy Director General of WIPO. Prior to joining WIPO, Mr. Gurry practiced as an attorney in Australia, and taught law at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

If you would like further comment from AIPLA, please contact Jim Crowne at or 703-412-4353.

AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.

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