The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation to the 77th (27th Extraordinary) Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Coordination Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 4-5, 2020. At the session, the 83 members of the WIPO Coordination Committee will vote on the nomination of a candidate for appointment to the post of WIPO Director General. United States participation in WIPO underscores America’s economic reach and dedication to positive economic impact, open markets, secure commercial opportunities, and transparent investment and innovation.
Ambassador Andrew Bremberg, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, will serve as the Head of Delegation. Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, and Mr. Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, will serve as the Alternate Representatives. Mr. T. Ulrich Brechbühl, Counselor of the Department of State, will serve as the senior U.S. government official.
Other members of the U.S. delegation include Ambassador Jessye Lapenn, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union; Mr. Jonathan Moore, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs; Ambassador Todd C. Chapman, Department of State Western Hemisphere Affairs Bureau; Shira Perlmutter, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs from the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and technical experts from the Department of State and Department of Commerce.