Singaporean Daren Tang said the World Intellectual Property Organisation would continue to be “neutral and professional” in its efforts to safeguard global intellectual property and patents. Photo: EPA-EFE Singaporean Daren Tang said the World Intellectual Property Organisation would continue to be “neutral and professional” in its efforts to safeguard global intellectual property and patents. Photo: EPA-EFE
Singaporean Daren Tang said the World Intellectual Property Organisation would continue to be “neutral and professional” in its efforts to safeguard global intellectual property and patents. Photo: EPA-EFE

Singapore official set to head UN intellectual property agency says focus is on staying ‘neutral’

  • Daren Tang beat China’s Wang Binying in a vote earlier this year and Singapore moved to make clear he was not Washington’s proxy
  • The 48-year-old says he intends to ‘call out’ unilateralism and be a bridge between countries while helming the World Intellectual Property Organisation

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Singaporean Daren Tang said the World Intellectual Property Organisation would continue to be “neutral and professional” in its efforts to safeguard global intellectual property and patents. Photo: EPA-EFE Singaporean Daren Tang said the World Intellectual Property Organisation would continue to be “neutral and professional” in its efforts to safeguard global intellectual property and patents. Photo: EPA-EFE
Singaporean Daren Tang said the World Intellectual Property Organisation would continue to be “neutral and professional” in its efforts to safeguard global intellectual property and patents. Photo: EPA-EFE

Corrected [10:06pm, 19 May, 2020]

  • [10:06pm, 19 May, 2020]

    An earlier version of this story said Wipo "currently has 43 million patents in its database". The article has been amended to say "According to its February report, it has approximately 14 million active patents and 49.3 million trademarks as of 2018".

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