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Johannes Christian Wichard is Deputy Director General in the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection. Since January 2019, he is (again) in charge of Departments addressing commercial and economic law matters, including, in particular, the evolvement of legislation as well as EU- and international negotiations in the area of intellectual property. Between December 2014 and December 2018, he directed the Ministry’s work in civil law matters, including family law, inheritance law, private international law, international civil procedure, and arbitration.
From December 2009 to December 2014, he was Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. His responsibilities included WIPO’s programs on Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources; Intellectual Property (IP) and Global Challenges; IP and Competition Policy; Building Respect for IP (Enforcement); the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center; support for Small and Medium Enterprises; Communications; WIPO’s relations with former transition countries in Europe and Asia; and External Relations with the UN system, industry and civil society.
Prior to joining WIPO, he was, from August 2006, Deputy Director General in the German Federal Ministry of Justice in charge of IP law and policy and other economic and commercial law matters. Between November 1998 and July 2006, Mr. Wichard had already worked at WIPO, first in the Industrial Property Law Division, then in the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center. Before that, he was Deputy Head of Section in the German Federal Ministry of Justice dealing with Trademarks and Unfair Competition since 1996, after a brief career in teaching and research at the Faculties of Law of the University of Tübingen (since 1989) and the Free University of Berlin (as of 1995).
Mr. Wichard holds law degrees from the State of Baden-Württemberg (Germany), a doctorate degree in law from the University of Tübingen, a master’s degree from Harvard Law School, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1993.