We can be pretty sure that Francis Gurry is as old as he says he is. That in itself is progress for the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the UN’s beleaguered IP agency of which the 57-year-old Australian will take leadership at the end of September. Unlike Kamil Idris,
the man whom he succeeds, the professional past of WIPO’s
director-general designate is fully transparent and very well known. There will be no surprise revelations once the reins of power have been handed over.
The Patent Reform Act has hit a brick wall in the US Congress and looks unlikely to be resurrected during 2008. This leaves the door open for reform by other routes –
something that means US patent owners may live to regret their inability to find common cause.