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Marco´s Story

Marco has been dedicated to the protection and development of intellectual property for over 30 years. He is a dedicated expert and scholar, who is committed to understanding the changing IP climate, and has extensive experience in multilateral negotiations. Marco has assisted countries in different regions throughout the world in drafting their IP laws and policies, and he is a dedicated WIPO international civil servant helping to solve global and national issues.

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The 2020 Team
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Marco is an excellent person and prominent professional, who has worked for more than two decades in WIPO occupying important responsibilities within the organization and supporting the intellectual property systems around the world. It is a pride for all the professional who work linked to intellectual property in Latin America to have a WIPO Director General candidate like him, who is an example of what can be achieved when working with passion, dedication and commitment.


Olga Moreno (CL)

Partner, Head Patent Division, JarryIP SpA

“I am rooting for Marco M. Alemán, who has all the knowledge and expertise necessary to lead World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO during these times of technological change and innovation.Intellectual property remains at the heart of how we leverage these changes for economic development and growth. He has demonstrated throughout his career to have the diplomacy, gravitas and understanding necessary to balance the needs of all the countries that look at WIPO for direction on this strategic field. As a Latin American and fellow Colombian, I believe it is time for our region to lead this important agency.”

Maria Alexandra Velez (COL)

Director of Latin American Government and Regulatory Affairs SBA Communications

“His career during the last 20 years at WIPO makes him the ‘only candidate who combines in-depth knowledge about IP issues and also demonstrates long experience in multilateral negotiations at WIPO. Marco has clear expertise in the process of administration of international treaties in different areas and in technical support to countries on different continents seeking to use the intellectual property system efficiently”

Luis F. Samper (COL)

Fundador y Presidente, 4.0 Brands, Colombia

Since the begining of campaign,the program of M.Aleman present good initiatives for development of IP.Good luck.

Martin Luther Nyate (CMR)

Juriste,Spécialiste en Droit de la PI,Expert/Trainer en Protection des Obtentions Vegetales (Convention UPOV)

Marco is clearly the best candidate. He has more than 20 years of professional work at expert and managerial levels at WIPO; since 2013 has been Secretary of the Standing Committee of the Law of Patents at WIPO; he is a known expert on the Paris Convention (PC), the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and the Budapest Treaty (BT); he has assisted countries in different regions throughout the world, in drafting their IP laws and policies;  and he has contributed to patent-related flexibilities at the multilateral level with the work conducted at the Committee on IP and Development (CDIP), among many other of his accomplishments in IP.


Andrés Izquierdo (US)

IP Attorney - American University, Washington D.C. - Data, Cyberlaw, Artificial Intelligence - PIJIP -WCL

“The long road to international leadership is built step by step. Such is the case of Marco M. Aleman and his work developed within WIPO”

Dr. Andres Barreto (COL)

Director General of the Colombian Superintendence of Industry and Commerce

As an Asian I also strongly believe that  Mr. Marco M. Alemán is the best one who can lead an organization like WIPO. He has a very good understanding of how to implement IP systems and strategies in different jurisdictions in the world. Best of luck Mr. Marco.


Asanka Suraweera (LKA)

Project Manager at Sri Lanka CERT|CC

“The best wishes for Marco Alemán to be the new Director General of WIPO and to exercise renewed leadership, with a greater balance between countries. Ibero-America has an excellent representative.”

Lorena Castellanos Penafiel (ECU)

Abogada. Derecho Internacional Económico, Propiedad Intelectual, Políticas Públicas y Derecho Constitucional.

I applaud WIPO’s past efforts and Marco’s future plans better to enable mankind to enhance innovation through his five elements. This third one is a key cornerstone in the globalization of IP from which all peoples would benefit . Marco’s vision to lead WIPO to enable all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is inspiring and his third element is extremely important for our developing nations to promote and protect their IP assets.


Richard “Dick” Thurston (US)

Of Counsel, Duane Morris LLP and Retired TSMC General Counsel

Great programme. With your skills and experience, you could really give a boost to WIPO.


Cees Mulder (NL)

Professor of European Patent Law in a Global Context at Maastricht University and European Patent Attorney

My Vision

Positioning WIPO for the challenges ahead

WIPO’s shift to a more modern organizational and operational approach, reinforcing our position of leadership within the IP community, is…

Combining Insight and Experience with Inclusive Multilateralism

Our increasingly knowledge-based economies require well-functioning IP systems to thrive. WIPO plays a key role in supporting countries to identify…

Promoting efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the IP system

Core to WIPO’s mission is the delivery of efficient and cost-effective mechanisms for the protection of IP rights internationally. It is…

Assisting Member States to Benefit from IP Systems

The use of IP systems is highly concentrated and there are still a number of countries not yet reaping the…

Structuring WIPO’s Team for Agility to Accelerate Innovation

WIPO’s team must be ready for the disruption ahead. We can empower the staff to work more seamlessly across the…

Positioning WIPO for the challenges ahead
Combining Insight and Experience with Inclusive Multilateralism
Promoting efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the IP system
Assisting Member States to Benefit from IP Systems
Structuring WIPO’s Team for Agility to Accelerate Innovation

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