Johannes Christian Wichard
Deputy Director-General for Global Issues
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Law degrees, state of Baden Württemberg, Germany; Master's degree, Harvard Law School; Doctorate in Law, Univ. of Tübingen. 1993, New York Bar. 1989-96, career in teaching and research, Faculty of Law, Univ. of Tübingen and Univ. of Berlin. 1996-98, German Federal Ministry of Justice, dealing with Trademarks and Unfair Competition. 1998-2006, with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), first in the Industrial Property Law Division, then in the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. 2006-09, Deputy Director-General, German Federal Ministry of Justice, in charge of IP law and policy and other economic and commercial law matters. Since 2009, Deputy Director-General, Global Issues, WIPO, responsible for programmes on Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources, Intellectual Property (IP) and Global Challenges, IP and Competition Policy, Building Respect for IP, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, Communications, External Relations, and relations with certain countries in Europe and Asia.