Pressure is growing for a full investigation of accusations of improper conduct levelled at World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) director-general Francis Gurry by James Pooley, a deputy director general of the UN body. Among other things, Gurry is accused by Pooley of violating the human rights of WIPO employees whose DNA is said to have been collected without their permission and of suppressing evidence that this had occurred. Gurry has dismissed the charges as being without foundation, while WIPO legal counsel Edward Kwakwa threatened legal action and criminal prosecution against blogger Gene Quinn when he linked to Pooley’s Report of Misconduct, filed on April2 , in a piece on the widely-read IP Watchdog site.

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