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Daren Tang, the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, has been named as the next Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) starting this October.

His appointment was confirmed by the General Assembly, WIPO’s highest governing body, followed his nomination by the WIPO Coordination Committee in March, 2020. Mr. Tang will begin his six-year term this 1st October.

Mr. Tang will succeed Mr. Francis Gurry, who has served as WIPO’s 4th Director General since October 1, 2008. This will also be the first time that the UN agency’s Director-General post is filled by a representative from the Asia region.

Mr. Tang said “I sincerely thank all Member States for their support and confidence in entrusting me with this immense responsibility in these unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold misery and brought the world to a standstill, but has also reminded us of our common humanity. More than ever, the WIPO community needs to unite to support our inventors, innovators and creators, all of whom are playing critical roles in helping us overcome this grave pandemic, whether it is in finding a cure for the virus, allowing us to stay connected through technology, or lifting our spirits during this challenging period.”

Mr. Tang added: “I look forward to working with the Member States and staff of WIPO, as well as the many stakeholders in the global IP community, to build our future IP ecosystem – one that is balanced, inclusive and vibrant. I send my heartfelt wishes to one and all that they and their loved ones remain safe and healthy until we meet again.”

Source: WIPO Press Release: Daren Tang of Singapore Appointed as WIPO Director General

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