[Ip-health] Musical chairs: WIPO unveils new leadership team

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri Nov 27 04:10:10 PST 2020


https://www.keionline.org/34715

Musical chairs: WIPO unveils new leadership team
Posted on November 26, 2020 <https://www.keionline.org/34715> by Thiru
<https://www.keionline.org/author/thiru>

UPDATE: On Friday, 27 November 2020, the World Intellectual Property
Organization (WIPO) published document WO/CC/79/2, Appointment of Deputy
Directors General and Assistant Directors General
<https://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/govbody/en/wo_cc_79/wo_cc_79_2.pdf>, in
all six United Nations languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French,
Russian, and Spanish) confirming the information KEI revealed the day
before.

Document WO/CC/79/2 provided extensive detail on the selection process for
WIPO’s senior management team.

Following the invitation issued on August 3, 2020 by the then Director
General-Elect for Member States to nominate candidates for the posts of DDG
and ADG, a total of 49 applications were received, of which 26 per cent
were female and 74 per cent were male. Each of these applicants were then
invited to individual meetings with the Director General, which took place
between October 13 and November 20, 2020. The applicants were considered
carefully in order to evaluate their requisite experience, intended
contribution to the Organization, technical and managerial competence, as
well as leadership qualities and ability to work as a team, with due regard
to equitable geographic and gender balance.

In relation to the posts of Deputy Directors General, WIPO provided the
following information.


   7. The successful candidates for the posts of Deputy Director General
   will take responsibility for the following sectors:


   a) The Patents and Technology Sector, which will administer the Patent
   Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the Organization’s programs relating to the
   law of patents, as well as their full practical application. This Sector
   will be assigned to Ms. Lisa Jorgenson (United States of America).


   (b) The Brands and Designs Sector, which will administer the Madrid
   System for International Trademark Registrations; the Hague System for
   International Design Registrations; the Lisbon System for International
   Registrations of Appellations of Origin; and the Organization’s programs
   relating to the law of trademarks, industrial designs and geographical
   indications, as well as their full practical application. This Sector will
   be assigned to Ms. Wang Binying (China).


   (c) The Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, which will cover the
   Organization’s programs relating to copyright and related rights; and its
   work in supporting creators and the creative industries. This Sector will
   be assigned to Ms. Sylvie Forbin (France).


   (d) The Regional and National Development Sector, which will cover the
   Organization’s programs relating to the WIPO Development Agenda; the use of
   IP to support the growth and development, in an impactful manner, of
   developing countries and their relevant regions and sub-regions, and
   support, in particular, to least developed countries (LDCs). This Sector
   will be assigned to Mr. Hasan Kleib (Indonesia).

WIPO provided the following information on the posts of Assistant Directors
General, including the creation of a new sector,IP and Innovation
Ecosystems Sector to be led by Marco Alemán of Colombia.


   8. With regard to the posts of Assistant Directors General, work across
   the Organization has increased substantially since 2014, as evidenced by
   the growing demands from Member States for its services, as well as
   increased requests from Member States for the Organization to support them
   in using innovation and creativity as tools for economic and social
   development.


   9. Member States are keen to tap into the expertise of the Organization
   for the development of their intellectual property (IP) and innovation
   ecosystems to drive enterprise growth, especially for Small and Medium
   Enterprises (SMEs), and more broadly as a catalyst for economic growth. As
   such, the Organization will need to develop a specific focus on programs
   that look at IP not just from a legal perspective, but also from the
   enterprise and economic perspectives, supporting the movement of ideas to
   the market. It is therefore proposed to regularize the fourth post of an
   Assistant Director General, with responsibility over these substantive
   areas.

WIPO provided the following names regarding successful candidates for the
posts of Assistant Directors General.


   10.The successful candidates for the posts of Assistant Director General
   will take responsibility for the following sectors:


   (a) The Infrastructure and Platforms Sector, which will cover
   developing, implementing and maintaining the various databases, tools and
   platforms of the Organization that are targeted at and used by IP offices,
   IP professionals, researchers, and other specialized users in national,
   regional and global IP and innovation ecosystems. It will also include the
   use of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence to enhance and support
   the effectiveness and impact of these databases, tools and platforms. This
   Sector will be assigned to Mr. Kenichiro Natsume (Japan).


   (b) The Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, which will cover
   issues relating to traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions
   and genetic resources; lead efforts to work with other UN agencies and
   international organizations on cross-cutting global issues; build on and
   expand partnerships with stakeholders, including those from international,
   business and civil society sectors; and reach out to new stakeholders such
   as youths. This Sector will be assigned to Mr. Edward Kwakwa (Ghana).


   (c)The IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, which will cover the issues
   highlighted in paragraph 9 above, including support for researchers and
   SMEs in commercializing IP and using it for business growth; the emergence
   of IP as an asset class; and the development of legislative and policy
   advisory expertise in these areas and beyond. This Sector will be assigned
   to Mr. Marco Aleman (Colombia).


   (d) The Administration, Finance and Management Sector, which will cover
   key administrative functions that underpin the operational success and
   financial viability of the Organization, including: Legal; Finance; Program
   Performance and Budget; Information and Communication Technology,
   Digitalization and Data; Procurement and Travel Services; Conference and
   Language Services; Safety and Security; and Premises and Infrastructure.
   This Sector will be assigned to Mr. Andrew Staines (United Kingdom).

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Thursday, 26 November 2020

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is convening an
extraordinary session of the WIPO Coordination Committee on Thursday, 3
December 2020 to formally appoint the senior management team to lead WIPO’s
activities on, *inter alia*, patents, copyright, trademarks, development,
and global challenges. According to sources close to the organization, WIPO
convened a small, high-level meeting today (26 November 2020) to
communicate Director General Daren Tang’s decision on his choices for the
senior management team of Deputy Directors General and Assistant Directors
General.

According to informed sources, WIPO’s senior management team will be
comprised of the following individuals. The formal list of appointees is
expected to be published on Friday, 27 November 2020 on WIPO’s webpage
<https://www.wipo.int/edocs/mdocs/govbody/en/wo_cc_79/wo_cc_79_2.pdf>.
- Deputy Director General – Patent and technology: Lisa Jorgensen, United
States of America
- Deputy Director General – Brands and Designs: Binying Wang, China
- Deputy Director General – Copyright and creative industries: Sylvie
Forbin, France
- Deputy Director General – Regional and national development sector:
Hassan Kleib, Indonesia
- Assistant Director General – Infrastructure and platforms: Kenichiro
Natsumi, Japan
- Assistant Director General – Global challenges and partnerships: Edward
Kwakwa, Ghana
- Assistant Director General – IP and innovation ecosystems: Marco Alemán,
Colombia
- Assistant Director General – Administrative finance sector: Andrew
Staines, United Kingdom


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Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org


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