Mr. Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has been officially appointed as the next Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
WIPO is a specialized United Nations (UN) agency based in Geneva, Switzerland, with 193 member states and an annual revenue in excess of S$600 million.
The appointment of Mr. Tang marks the first time a Singaporean will lead a UN agency and WIPO’s first Director-General from Asia.
Mr. Tang will take over the helm of WIPO on 1 October 2020 for a term of six years.
Mr. Tang will resign his current role as the Chief Executive of IPOS, a statutory board under the Ministry of Law, where he drove the strategic transformation of IPOS from an IP registry and regulator into an innovation agency that helps to build Singapore’s future economy.
Singapore ranked second globally and top in Asia for the best IP protection in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report and IPOS was recognized as the world’s most innovative IP office by the World Trademark Review in 2020 under Mr. Tang leadership.
It is worthy of note that IPOS today has cooperation agreements with over 70 regional and international partners with the strategic leadership of Mr. Tang.
Mr. Tang thanked all member states for their support and paid tribute, in particular, to the WIPO staff and out-going Director-General, Dr. Francis Gurry. Mr. Tang prioritized the need to build an inclusive, balanced, vibrant, and forward-looking global intellectual property (IP) ecosystem.
Chairman of the IPOS Board, Dr. Stanley Lai reportedly said that “on behalf of the IPOS Board of Directors, we extend our heartiest congratulations to IPOS Chief Executive, Daren Tang for being officially appointed as the next Director-General of the WIPO. We are confident that he will bring the same vision orientation, energy, outcomes, and capabilities that have come to define him during his time at IPOS into the auspices of WIPO.”
“Having worked with him for several years, the Board is certain that the global IP community will be served by a Director-General who is exceptionally attuned to the interests of countries, economies, and also equipped with a deep understanding of IP and its forceful impact on innovation and global development, especially during these challenging times. These qualities will serve WIPO, her member states, and the larger IP community well.”