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    Process Set For 2014 Election Of WIPO Director General; Competition Brewing

    Published on 17 July 2013 @ 7:54 am

    By , Intellectual Property Watch

    The process for the 2014 election of the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization is now available. And according to sources, the incumbent may have some competition for the post.

    The current term of WIPO Director General Francis Gurry runs through 30 September 2014. He took office on 1 October 2008.

    Nominations from WIPO member states will be accepted from September until no later than 6 December.

    Gurry, a long-time WIPO official who is originally from Australia, has previously indicated his intention to run for re-election. It is typical for a director general to be elected for a second (and final) term.

    Sources say that Geoffrey Onyeama, WIPO Deputy Director General for the Development Sector, has been put forward to members as a possible candidate by the Nigerian foreign affairs office. Onyeama was a Nigerian attorney before joining WIPO.

    In addition, sources said that there is some dissatisfaction with Gurry within Gurry’s own Group B, the developed country members of WIPO. A Group B source mentioned concerns over management of the organisation.

    Names from some other countries and regions, including Europe and South America, have been circulated by member states in the WIPO hallways in recent weeks but none could be confirmed as serious candidates.

    Process:

    On 6 September, the WIPO Coordination Committee, the member state executive body, is expected to mail a circular to member states inviting proposals of candidates.

    At its 6-7 March 2014 session, the Coordination Committee is expected to nominate the candidate for appointment as director general.

    The secretariat has requested a special session of the WIPO General Assemblies on 8-9 May 2014, to appoint the new director general.

    The General Assemblies would be held early (ahead of the usual September timeframe) in order to allow the new director general to nominate his/her senior management team in time for them to be approved at the September Coordination Council meeting.

    A WIPO memorandum on the appointment of the director general in 2014 is available here.

    William New may be reached at wnew@ip-watch.ch.

     

    Comments

    1. People: Transitions In The Global IP Community | Intellectual Property Watch says:

      [...] Election season is underway at the World Intellectual Property Organization, as governments consider nominations for director general by the 6 December deadline. The term of current WIPO DG Francis Gurry is up on 30 September 2014 (IPW, 17 July 2013, WIPO). [...]

    2. What to expect from the 2013 WIPO General Assembly | WIPO Monitor says:

      […] Current Director General Francis Gurry is said to be running for re-election, early speculations suggest that some competition might be brewing for the post, with Geoffrey Onyeama, the Current […]

    3. WIPO solicits nominations for 2014 election of Director General | WIPO Monitor says:

      […] General (Cooperation for Development).  While a second term is usual for WIPO Directors General, there is said to be dissatisfaction with Gurry on the part of Group B (high income countries).  Controversies have surrounded allegations that WIPO exported US technology to Iran and North […]

    4. US Congress Members Urge US To Oppose Re-Election Of WIPO Director Gurry | Intellectual Property Watch says:

      […] been indications of dissatisfaction with Gurry on the part of the United States in recent weeks (IPW, WIPO, 17 July 2013). Gurry, a long-time patent expert from Australia who has been at WIPO for some 30 years, will […]

    5. WIPO Election: Two Candidates For Director So Far, More Could Follow | Intellectual Property Watch says:

      […] Intellectual Property Watch reported on the election process here (IPW, WIPO, 17 July 2013). […]

    6. WIPO Director General Election: How It Works | Intellectual Property Watch says:

      […] to the secretariat document on the process from last summer (IPW, WIPO, 17 July 2013), it was proposed to hold a special General Assembly in May to appoint the new DG in order to allow […]


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