Re-thinking the Role of IP' presented by Dr Francis Gurry

The lecture will explore the major economic, social, and political developments affecting intellectual property. It will examine how innovation and intellectual property are increasingly central to economic strategy and competitive advantage, and will show how the knowledge economy is causing an adjustment to the way in which we think of the role of intellectual property.

Dr Francis Gurry is Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He is the highest-ranking Australian official in a United Nations agency. Dr Gurry is a distinguished alumnus, and a Professorial Fellow, of Melbourne Law School. He holds an LLB and LLM from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He practised as a solicitor in Melbourne and Sydney prior to joining WIPO in 1985.