[Ip-health] WIPO's Coordination Committee nominates Daren Tang of Singapore for the Post of Director General

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Fri Mar 6 08:33:57 PST 2020

Posted on March 6, 2020 by Thiru

*Singapore’s Daren Tang emerges victorious in WIPO leadership race*

It was a papal conclave save for the plume of white smoke. At 17h16 on
Wednesday, 4 March 2020, Ambassador Umej Bhatia, Singapore’s Permanent
Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva posted on Twitter
that Daren Tang of Singapore won the leadership race for the top post of
Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In
the final round of voting which took place at WIPO’s Coordination
Committee, Singapore’s Daren Tang received 55 votes; China’s candidate, Ms.
Binying Wang of China received 28 votes. Daren Tang is currently the Chief
Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), a post
he has held since 16 November 2015. Daren Tang will assume the post of
Director General of WIPO on 1 October 2020. The term of Dr. Francis Gurry,
the current Director-General of WIPO expires on 30 September 2020.

In the context of WIPO, Tang has served as the Chair of the Standing
Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) since May 2017. In
relation to trade and intellectual property norms, Tang’s CV
that he served as the lead negotiator and chief counsel for Singapore
during the negotiations of the US-Singapore Free Trade Agreement from 2001
to 2003. He also chaired IP negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership
Agreement (TPPA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
Agreement (RCEP).

The full account of the election, including the results of the first round
of voting can be found here: https://www.keionline.org/32326

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

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