Australia to head international intellectual organisation

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Dr Francis Gurry has been nominated as the next director general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), after defeating his Brazilian colleague Jose Aranaha by a single vote.

He had to compete with eight candidates in a three-day meeting. There were sixteen candidates, including Gurry, but seven dropped out.

He needs to be appointed at the next WIPO General Assembly, held on the 20th September to the 22nd September, and will assume the duties on the first day of October.

Previous directors have been from The Netherlands, United States and Sudan.

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