About UsContact — Mission — Funding — Staff — GovernanceCONTACTIntellectual Property Watch CP 2100 1-5, route des Morillons 1211 Geneva 2 Switzerland Phone: +41 (0)22 791 67 16 Fax: +41 (0)22 791 66 35 Email: info [at] ip-watch [dot] chMISSIONIntellectual Property Watch, a non-profit independent news service, reports on the interests and behind-the-scenes dynamics that influence the design and implementation of international intellectual property policies.REPORTING SERVICESIntellectual Property Watch’s reporting is available in online format:Online (ISSN 1661-7355): news stories and features are regularly posted in a dynamic weblog format and archived on the Intellectual Property Watch website. Readers can keep up-to-date via email notifications, RSS feed, Facebook or Twitter. Subscribers receive access to restricted content, including latest stories, special reports, People news and other benefits. See the website front page to learn more about Subscribing.Monthly (ISSN 1661-1747): In addition, a 16-page monthly edition was produced from November 2004 to January 2011, which included a selection of news stories, features, briefs and news about people in the IP community. Available to subscribers, the monthly is online with a searchable archive. Limited past editions are available in print.FUNDINGIntellectual Property Watch is funded through subscriptions and by grants from private philanthropic foundations and governments. Editorial decisions are made independently from funding sources.Intellectual Property Watch currently has funding from: Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property Camino Stiftung Past funding was provided by the Open Society Foundations, Swiss Agency for Economic Cooperation and Development (SECO), International Development Research Centre (Canadian government), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German government), Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Loterie Romande, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, and Rockefeller Foundation.Intellectual Property Watch does not accept financial support from anonymous donors or from private corporations (except in the form of subscriptions to our reporting services or for advertising services).STAFFDirector/Editor-in-Chief: Mr. William E. New (wnew [at] ip-watch [dot] ch)William New has been on the reporting forefront of most major international intellectual property and technology policy developments for well over a decade. William joined Intellectual Property Watch as Director and Editor-in-Chief in January 2005, with primary responsibility for the writing, editing, publishing, management, and finances of the organisation. Prior to that, he was a senior writer and editor for the National Journal Group (publishing in National Journal magazine, CongressDaily and Technology Daily) in Washington, and a senior reporter at Washington-based Inside U.S. Trade and managing editor of Americas Trade.William is an accredited journalist at the World Trade Organization and the United Nations, and a member of the Swiss press association Impressum, the Club de la Presse Suisse, and the Association of Correspondents Accredited to the United Nations (ACANU) in Geneva. From 2010 to 2011, William served as Secretary of ACANU.William also is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale University Law School Information Society Project.Expert appearances on television and radio include CNBC, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. William regularly participates on panels such as at the OECD, European Patent Office, the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, and in the field of access to knowledge, and also provides field training in policy communications. He regularly chairs the annual European IP Law Summit, and other private-sector events. He also has been a contributor to Oxford Analytica. William holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Economics and Political Science and an MBA in International Management and Marketing from the University of New Mexico, as well as a BA in English from Oberlin College. He is fluent in Spanish, has working French and some German.During his career, William has covered in great depth developments at United Nations bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Health Organization, International Telecommunication Union, and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as well as other international organisations such as the World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Hague Conference on Private International Law, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Coverage also includes a full range of regional and national bodies worldwide. William also has closely reported on the activities of the US Congress and key US government agencies, including for CongressDaily, and has analysed and written about numerous legal decisions. While at National Journal, he worked briefly as an editor for a former National Journal project called UN Wire, an online publication on the United Nations, before moving to technology and congressional coverage.William’s coverage has focused on global intellectual property concerns in areas such as international trade, public health, and the promulgation and enforcement of copyright, patent and trademark laws and agreements. He has closely tracked free trade negotiations at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels, including North American and European bilateral deals, reaching back to the Free Trade Area of the Americas, and WTO negotiations. At the WTO, issues also include enforcement and updating of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and other agreements, accessions and dispute settlement cases.William has also followed intellectual property issues in the context of debates on information and communications technology including global internet governance, open source, digital rights management, and internet domain names. His coverage of science issues has spanned research and development, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and open standards.Earlier in his career, William was at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he managed a North American Free Trade Agreement partnership programme with universities in Canada (Carleton) and Mexico (UNAM), and conducted outreach and marketing for the Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies. Prior to that he spent six months on a fellowship in Guatemala, operating an aid project in the highlands to help the Ixil and Quiché people rebuild their communities, and studied two Mayan dialects for nearly two years.Senior Writer: Ms Catherine Saez (csaez [at] ip-watch [dot] ch)Catherine Saez joined Intellectual Property Watch in June 2006. She is responsible for reporting and writing stories on a variety of topics.She has been reporting on intellectual property policies, in particular following the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Trade Organization, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Health Organization.She also covers the Convention on Biological Diversity, and notably covered negotiations leading to the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing. She also actively follows the discussions of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, as well as activities at the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. She also covers developments in intellectual property in the area of biotechnology, geographical indications, and other related issues in and outside of Geneva.Catherine, a native of France, holds a masters’ degree in journalism from the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme in Paris, an administrative degree from the Ecole Nationale de Commerce in Paris, as well as a certificate of Proficiency in English from Cambridge University. She also completed a small business management course at Scarlett Oaks Career Campus in Cincinnati (United States), where she spent three years and got involved in many community projects. She is currently learning Spanish.Catherine also was a press correspondent for 7 years for a local newspaper. Catherine is an accredited journalist at the World Trade Organization and the United Nations in Geneva, and a member of the Swiss press association Impressum.Webmaster: Mr Claude Vedovini (webmaster [at] ip-watch [dot] ch)The ongoing development and the maintenance of the Intellectual Property Watch website is handled by Claude Vedovini, an external consultant who can be found at vedovini.net.From 2004 to mid-2009, the website was created and maintained by Olivier Tripet, http://www.b-spirit.com/. From mid-2009 until early 2010, the site was maintained by John Kirkwood.Contributing WritersTo conduct its reporting activities, Intellectual Property Watch has forged partnerships with a network of freelance journalists and outside contributors, particularly at the regional level. Interested writers should contact William New at wnew [at] ip-watch [dot] ch.Recent Contributing Writers:Jaroslaw Adamowski (Poland)Tatum Anderson (UK)Patralekha Chatterjee (India)Linda Daniels (South Africa)Monika Ermert (Germany)Bruce Gain (France)Eugene Gerden (Russia)Tove Iren S. Gerhardsen (Denmark)Peter Kenny (Switzerland)Mingjiang Liu (China)Munyaradzi Makoni (South Africa)Hillary Muheebwa (Uganda)Fredrick Nzwili (Kenya)Jackie Opara (Nigeria)Steven Seidenberg (US)Dugie Standeford (UK)Sinfah Tunsarawuth (Thailand)Justus Wanzala (Kenya)Maina Waruru (Kenya)TranslatorsIn the past, Intellectual Property Watch established a network of translators currently in French and Spanish. Some of our past translators:French:Vanja GuérinGriselda JungMarisa MaroldaFanny MourguetLine-Marie NotterVéronique SauronAurélie WinterSpanish:Giselle Martinez de MelendezFernanda Nieto FemeniaAnalin PedroniArabic:Mouhamed Fadal MbackéChinese:Yujun LaoInternships / ResearchersIntellectual Property Watch frequently offers internships and research opportunities for individuals interested in independent journalism and intellectual property policymaking. In the past, many interns and researchers have come from Switzerland and the United States, as well as Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Kenya, Mauritius, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, and the UK. There are currently no paid positions available, but interested candidates may contact info [at] ip-watch [dot] ch.GOVERNANCEIntellectual Property Watch was established in 2004 as a non-profit association under Swiss law. Based in Geneva, the work of Intellectual Property Watch is overseen by a Board of Directors. Board members serve in a personal and voluntary capacity for 2 year, renewable terms.Board of DirectorsDr. Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Chair and Founder (Australia) Carolyn is a Senior Researcher at the Global Economic Governance Programme at the University of Oxford. She has worked and published on issues of sustainable development, trade and intellectual property for a range of non-governmental and international organizations. Her scholarly books include WIPO: A Reference Guide (Edward Elgar Press), The Implementation Game (on the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement in developing countries) (Oxford University Press) and Making Global Trade Governance Work for Development (Cambridge University Press). She was previously Assistant Director in the Global Inclusion programme of the Rockefeller Foundation where she was responsible for grantmaking on intellectual property and trade, and Bellagio Series on Development and Intellectual Property Policy. Carolyn holds a DPhil (Oxon) and M.A. (SAIS) in International Relations.Dr. Thomas Cottier (Switzerland) Thomas, former Managing Director of the World Trade Institute, is Professor Emeritus of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern and adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa. He published widely in the field of international economic law, with a particular focus on constitutional theory and intellectual property. He held several positions in the Swiss External Economic Affairs Department and was the Deputy-Director General of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office. Prof. Cottier has a long-standing involvement in GATT / WTO activities. He served on the Swiss negotiating team of the Uruguay Round from 1986 to 1993, first as Chief negotiator on dispute settlement and subsidies for Switzerland and subsequently as Chief negotiator on TRIPs. He chaired the EFTA negotiating committee on IPRs in EEA negotiations. He has served as a member or chair of several GATT and WTO panels and recently on a high level panel reviewing the International Health Regulations of the World Health Organization.Dr. Bruno Lanvin (France) Bruno is the Executive Director of INSEAD’s Global Indices, comprising the Networked Readiness Index of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR), the Global Innovation Index (GII), and the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). Before joining INSEAD, he worked ten years for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies, Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICT and e-government issues, and Chairman of the Bank’s e‐Thematic Group. Before this, he held senior positions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva. Dr Lanvin holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes (France), an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France. He is also an INSEAD alumnus (IDP-C). A frequent speaker at high‐level meetings, he advises a number of global companies and governments and has been a member of numerous boards, including those of IDA and Govtech (Singapore) and ICANN.Dr. Ruth Okediji (US) Ruth is the William L. Prosser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. She has written and published extensively about intellectual property regulation, and the relationship between developed and developing countries in the international intellectual property system. Ruth received an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School.Ms. María Julia Oliva (Argentina) Ms. María Julia Oliva is Senior Adviser for Access and Benefit Sharing at the Union for Ethical BioTrade. Previously, she was Senior Programme Officer for Trade, Environment and Natural Resources at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Julia also worked as a legal consultant for the UNCTAD BioTrade Facilitation Programme and served as the Director of the Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development Project at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). She is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and a Research Associate at IQSensanto. Julia earned an LLM Degree in Environmental Law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and a law degree at the University of Mendoza in Argentina.Mr. Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz (Colombia) Ricardo is a co-founder of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and its Chief Executive since 1996. A Harvard University graduate, he previously co-founded and was Director General of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (Quito, Ecuador), and served as Colombian negotiator for GATT’s Uruguay Round, the UNCED and several other international processes.Dr. Susan K. Sell (US) Susan is currently Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC and Director of the Institute for Global and International Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs. She has published widely on the politics and history of international policy debates on intellectual property and technology transfer.Prof. Jonathan Zittrain (US) Jonathan is the George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Director of the Harvard Law School Library, and co-founder of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American. His research focuses on the control of digital content, privacy, and the use of technology in education. He has co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments entitled Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace, and is the author of The Future of the Internet – And How to Stop It. He is a former trustee of the Internet Society, a former Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and was previously a Distinguished Scholar-In-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission.Past Board MembersMr. Matthew Stilwell (Australia) 2004-2017 Matthew is currently Managing Director at the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development. He was formerly a legal counsel to UNEP’s Economics and Trade Branch in Geneva, and a Managing Attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law where he led its work on intellectual property and sustainable development. He holds an LLM from Columbia University School of Law.Intellectual Property Watch also benefits from the advice and support of an informal council of advisers comprised of leading international authorities on intellectual property, sustainable development, science and technology, and transparency and accountability in global governance.Intellectual Property Watch is a registered trademark.