Mr José Graça Aranha: “International and Multilateral IP Systems and UNSDGs”

Public Lecture

Monday 13 February 2023, 10:00 (BST); PG15

The event is free to attend, but registration is required.  Please e-mail Prof. Dinusha Mendis at to book your place.


Focusing on the various bilateral and multilateral Intellectual property (IP) treaties, this  talk will provide insights and perspectives on their implementation as well as their impact in developed and developing countries. Moreover, and in particular, the talk will focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) and what they mean for IP laws in meeting these goals by 2030. The talk will focus on some of the aims such as boosting innovation, technology exchange and creativity in addressing some of the most pressing needs of developing countries. In this context, closing the COVID-19 global vaccination gap, boosting women and youth entrepreneurship as well as tackling the existential threat of climate change are some of the ways in which IP organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will aim to achieve the UNSDGs.

The Public lecture will provide an insight in to the impact of IP laws on UNSDGs and will discuss the challenges and opportunities in looking ahead to 2030.

Mr José Graça Aranha is a Senior Director at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, where he is currently the Special Representative for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN/SDG). He served as Regional Director of the WIPO Brazil Office from 2010 to 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Graça Aranha was the Senior Director of the Department of International Registration, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications. He is a former President of the Brazilian Industrial Property Office (INPI) and also has experience in teaching Intellectual Property (IP) in higher education.
Mr José Graça Aranha holds a law degree from Cândido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and a Masters degree in Intellectual Property Law from Franklin Pierce Law Center, University of New Hampshire, USA.