WIPO Director General Candidates Episode 2: Insights from One of the Most Innovative IP Offices in the World–the Singapore Model

Published: February 26, 2020

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Daren Tang Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Singapore

This episode is part of a special series of interviews with candidates for the position of Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. It is a repeat of an earlier interview with Mr. Tang, conducted prior to the announcement of his candidacy and which originally aired on July 2, 2019.

This just in: On March 4, the Coordination Committee at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) nominated Daren Tang of Singapore for the post of WIPO Director General. Next step: Action by the WIPO General Assembly on May 7-8.

Daren Tang is the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, which ranks as the second most innovative IP office in the world. Before he took over the IP Office, he was taking care of its registry. s an expert in international law, he has been involved in the negotiation of key free trade agreements between Singapore and the United States, and between Singapore and the European Union.

In this interview, Mr. Tang shares his views about the goals and the general role of an IP office today and in the future in a small country that has one of the most stable and open economies in the world.

Mr. Tang is also one of the remaining six candidates for the position of WIPO’s Director General. The Director General will be nominated in March 2020 and appointed in May 2020, for a term beginning October 1, 2020.

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