Francis Gurry


Re-thinking the role of IP
The Francis Gurry Lecture, 22 August 2013

Dr Francis Gurry is Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the highest-ranking Australian official in a United Nations agency. He is a distinguished alumnus and a Professorial Fellow of Melbourne Law School.

Dr Gurry’s lecture explores the major economic, social, and political developments affecting intellectual property:

“The argument that I would like to present to you is that the context in which intellectual property operates in the contemporary world is vastly different from that in which IP was born and that new context has changed the position of intellectual property in the economy and it’s changed it in society, and I think it should cause us to rethink the role that we give to intellectual property.”

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