Aussie head of WIPO named to second term

Aussie head of WIPO named to second term
Francis Gurry. Photo: WIPO
An Australian lawyer and jurist, Francis Gurry, was on Thursday renewed for a second term as chief of the UN's influential intellectual property agency based in Geneva.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) coordination committee nominated Gurry, 62, by consensus.
   
It said in a statement he will be confirmed in his new, six-year mandate as director general when the body's general assembly meets May 8th-9th.
   
Gurry, who easily saw off rivals from Estonia, Nigeria and Panama, said the intellectual property issues the agency dealt with were "challenging" but also "with great opportunities".
   
The 186-member WIPO handles intellectual property matters and settles disputes involving patents, copyright, trademarks and website domain names.


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