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Good evening. Please find your seats, and it's wonderful to see so many people here. Welcome to the Twenty-Fourth Annual Manges Lecture. The Horace S. Manges Lecture and Conference Fund was established by the firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges in memory of Horace S. Manges, Columbia Law School Class of 1919. Mr. Manges was a distinguished trial lawyer who worked on behalf of countless writers and publishers.

Tonight's speaker, Dr. Francis Gurry, was appointed Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, on October 30, 2008. During a career at WIPO that began in 1985, Francis Gurry was instrumental in establishing the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center in 1994, and, subsequently, in developing the highly successful Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. He served on the WIPO Top Management Team from 1997, initially as Assistant Director General, then from 2003 as Deputy Director General, with responsibility for Patents and the PCT System; the Arbitration and Mediation Center; and Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources. Francis Gurry holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne in Australia and a PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He is the author of numerous publications and articles in international journals on intellectual property issues.

The title of his talk this evening is, "Copyright in the Digital Environment: Restoring the Balance," and there will be a question and answer session following the formal part of the lecture.


Intellectual Property Law | Law