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Top U.S. Official Charges United Nations’ WIPO Patent Organization Chief With ‘Serious Violations Of National And International Law’

United Nations WIPO Francis Gurry

United Nations WIPO Francis Gurry


The top American official at the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization has accused its Director General, Francis Gurry, of “serious misconduct”  and “violations of national and international law” in connection with a bizarre series of alleged 2008 burglaries of staffers’ offices to obtain samples of their DNA.

The official, James Pooley, is one of Gurry’s four top deputies, and also a highly regarded U.S. patent lawyer, who was nominated for his WIPO job by the Obama Administration in 2009.

The ‘Riskiest’ Places in the World

World Risk Map

World Risk Map


The MAP [click on the word MAP] measures the risk of political violence to international business in 200 countries and territories, based on three icons indicating the forms of political violence which are likely to be encountered:

  • Terrorism and sabotage

  • Strikes, riots, civil commotion and malicious damage

  • Political insurrection, revolution, rebellion, mutiny, coup d’etat, war and civil war



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On November 6, 2012, SERAPH partnered with Philadelphia law firm Stradley Ronon to produce an international business event entitled “Stealers Keepers” U.S. and International IPR Protection and Product Counterfeiting Countermeasures.

The event featured the Chinese Embassy Intellectual Property Attaché Fuli Chen who spoke of Chinese law and intellectual property and keynote speaker Samuel Blackstone. Mr. Blackstone is the Global Crisis Management Specialist for SERAPH.

Mr. Blackstone spoke about Global Emerging Market Risk Management and the issues of doing Business in foreign markets.  Customs Issues

·        Theft of Shipments
·        Transport Issues
·        Financial Issues
·        (FCPA) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Compliance

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