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Mary W.S. Wong joined ICANN as a Senior Policy Director in July 2013. She is a former Vice Chair of the GNSO Council at ICANN and was a tenured Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) where she was also the Chair of the Intellectual Property Graduate Program. Mary is the founding faculty director of UNH Law's flagship applied research center, the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.
Prior to joining UNH Law, Mary was an Associate Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University. From 1998 to 2003, she was Special Counsel to the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. At the firm's New York and Brussels offices, Mary counseled clients from all over the world on a wide range of technology-related transactions, and provided advice on international and comparative legal developments relating to the Internet, privacy and e-commerce. Mary was also previously a Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore. Among her other public service roles, Mary has been the chair of the International Copyright Committee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Section, and a member of the inaugural Editorial Board for Landslide, the Section’s flagship publication. She has also served on the ABA's Copyright Reform Task Force.
Previously, Mary was a member of the New York New Media Association's Programs Committee and the Singapore Government's e-Commerce Consultative Committee. She is an Advocate and Solicitor admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Singapore, and has been appointed an Associate Fellow to the Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore.
Mary was elected to the GNSO Council for ICANN in 2009, representing ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency. She is also a member of INTA, and an expert on the topics of Whois, trademark issues regarding new gTLDs, and ICANN governance. She served two terms as GNSO Councillor for the -Non Commercial Stakeholder Groups. and was also appointed by ICANN's Nominating Committee to the ccNSO Council in 2012.
Meetings and Conferences
Mary is also a frequent speaker at industry and academic conferences in the United States, Europe and Asia. She is invited regularly to speak at conferences related to intellectual property and Internet law and policy organized by universities, trade associations, law firms and governments.
Mary's research interests center on the legal and policy challenges posed by changes to Internet and computer technology, particularly issues related to international intellectual property norms and standards. She has published law review articles and contributed to books on international intellectual property, digital copyright and trademark rights in domain names.
- She contributed a chapter to the book Global anti-terrorism law and policy. Another forthcoming book on trademarks and territoriality, from Edward Elgar Publishing, will also feature a chapter co-authored by Mary, on the development of trademark rights protection mechanisms for ICANN's new gTLD program.
- Online Gripesites & ICANN's New gTLD Program
- Imperatives of Private Arbitration in ICANN's New gTLD Program
- Trademarks & Freedom of Expression in ICANN's New gTLD Process
- Transformative User Generated Content & Copyright Law: Infringing Derivative Works or Fair Use?
- Toward an Alternative Normative Framework for Copyright Law: From Private Property to Human Rights
- The Acquisition and Consequences of Cumulative Protection under the Copyright and Trade Mark Laws of Singapore
- Electronic Surveillance and Privacy in the United States after September 11, 2001: The USA-PATRIOT Act
- Rocking and Ripping on the World Wide Web: The Collision between Digital Music and Copyright Law
- User-Generated Content & the Open Source/Creative Common Movements: Has the Time Come for Users' Rights?
- The Exclusive Rights of 'Distribution', 'Communication to the Public' and 'Making Available' Under the WIPO Copyright Treaty: Lessons for Other Jurisdictions from the Hong Kong BitTorrent Case
- Cyber-Trespass and 'Unauthorized Access' as Legal Mechanisms of Access Control: Lessons from the US Experience
- Character Merchandising under the Copyright and Registered Designs Laws of Singapore
Prof. Wong holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and an LLB from National University of Singapore.
- 1st Annual IP Cafe: Inaugural Speech by Mary Wong
- Talk - Mary Wong - The IT Standards Battle and Why We Are the Spoils of War
- Professor Mary Wong - Internet and Society 2007