The World Intellectual Property Organization has nominated Francis Gurry, a national of Australia, to become the next director general of WIPO. Gurry will have to be appointed by the WIPO General Assembly at its next meeting scheduled for Sept. 22-30 in Geneva.
Gurry would become the fourth director general of WIPO, following Georg Bodenhausen of the Netherlands (1970-1973); Arpad Bogsch of the United States (1973-1997); and Kamil Idris of Sudan (1997-2008).
Gurry joined WIPO in 1985 as a consultant in the Development Cooperation and External Relations Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He has assumed various posts since that time including head of the industrial property law section; special assistant to the Director General and director-counselor in the Office of the Director General; director, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center and acting legal counsel; legal counsel; assistant director general and legal counsel; and most recently, deputy director general.
Prior to joining WIPO, Gurry practiced law and held a number of academic positions. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Gurry will assume his duties on Oct. 1 following appointment by the General Assembly.
Kathryn Soulier has joined the Kalamazoo, Mich., office of Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone as an associate focusing on intellectual property, life sciences and biotechnology, and litigation and dispute resolution.
Previously, she was an associate at the law firm Varnum Riddering Schmidt and Howlett, which she joined in 2004. Earlier, she held positions as a student attorney at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, a legal intern in the US Public Defender’s Office in Tucson, Ariz., a cardiovascular research technician with Borgess Medical Center, and research associate with MPI Research.
Soulier received a JD degree in 2004 from the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law, and a BA degree in biotechnology in 1999 from Kalamazoo College.
Eric Lofgren has joined the Burnham Institute for Medical Research as vice president of finance and chief financial officer.
Lofgren joins Burnham from Science Applications International Corporation, where he worked for 19 years in a variety of financial and administrative positions. He was most recently the vice president and business unit controller for the information technology services business unit.
Lofgren graduated from the University of San Diego in 1987 with a BBA degree, with an emphasis in accounting.