David Muls, Senior Director, Law and Legislative Advice Division, Brands and Designs Sector, WIPO

David Muls, Senior Director, Law and Legislative Advice Division, Brands and Designs Sector, WIPO

Speaker in Panel Session III – Copyright/Trademark – An indication of developments in GIs

Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 16.00 to 17.30

David-muls

David is Senior Director of the Law and Legislative Advice Division in the Brands and Designs Sector of WIPO.  He was recently appointed to that position in July of this year.

At WIPO, which he joined in 1997, David first worked on intellectual property issues raised by the Internet, including domain name dispute resolution.  He joined the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 2003 where he later became Director of the Operations Division.  In 2013, he was appointed Senior Director of the Madrid Registry in the Brands and Designs Sector, where he was responsible for all legal, operational and promotional aspects of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks.

David is a Belgian national, with law degrees from the Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and Columbia Law School in New York.  Prior to joining WIPO in 1997, he was an attorney at Baker & McKenzie in Brussels, a legal assistant at the Iran-US Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and a Head of Section at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva.