William New

William New has been on the reporting forefront of most major international intellectual property policy developments for more than a decade. New joined Intellectual Property Watch as director and editor-in-chief in January 2005, with primary responsibility for the writing, editing, publishing, management, and finances of the organization. Prior to that, he spent nearly five years as a senior writer and editor for the National Journal Group in Washington, and three years as a senior reporter at Washington-based Inside U.S. Trade and managing editor of Americas Trade.

During that time, New covered developments at United Nations bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Health Organization, International Telecommunication Union, and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as well as the World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Hague Conference on Private International Law, and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Coverage also included a full range of regional bodies worldwide. New also has closely reported on the activities of the U.S. Congress and key U.S. administration agencies, and has analyzed numerous legal decisions. While at National Journal, he worked briefly as an editor for a former National Journal project, UN Wire, an online publication on the United Nations.

New's coverage has focused on global intellectual property concerns in areas such as international trade and the promulgation and enforcement of copyright, patent, and trademark laws and agreements. He has closely tracked free trade negotiations at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels, including North American and European bilateral deals, the Free Trade Area of the Americas and WTO negotiations. At the WTO, issues also include enforcement and updating of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), accessions and dispute settlement cases.

New has also followed intellectual property issues in the context of debates on information and communications technology including global internet governance, open source, digital rights management, and internet domain names. His coverage of science issues has spanned research and development, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and open standards.

An accredited journalist at the World Trade Organization and the United Nations in Geneva, New is also a member of the Swiss press association Impressum, the Club de la Presse Suisse, and the Association of Correspondents Accredited to the United Nations (ACANU) in Geneva. In 2010, New is serving as Secretary of ACANU.

Earlier in his career, New was at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he managed a North American Free Trade Agreement partnership program, and conducted outreach and marketing for the Center for Latin American Studies. Prior to that he spent six months on a fellowship in Guatemala, operating an aid project in the highlands to help the Ixil and Quiché people rebuild their communities, and studied two Mayan dialects for nearly two years.

Expert appearances on television and radio include CNBC, National Public Radio, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. New regularly participates in panels such as at the OECD, European Patent Office, the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, and in the field of access to knowledge, and also provides field training in policy communications. He also is a contributor to Oxford Analytica. New holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Economics and Political Science, and an MBA in International Management and Marketing from the University of New Mexico, as well as a BA in English from Oberlin College. He is fluent in Spanish, has working French and some German.
William New