Árpád Bogsch

Árpád Bogsch
Arpad Bogsch.jpg
Born (1919-02-24)February 24, 1919
Died September 19, 2004(2004-09-19) (aged 85)
Nationality Hungarian, American
Occupation Attorney
Years active 1942-1997
Known for Director General of WIPO
Notable work
Universal Copyright Convention: An Analysis and Commentary (book)

Árpád Bogsch (February 24, 1919, Budapest, Hungary – September 19, 2004, Geneva, Switzerland[1]) was a Hungarian-American international civil servant. He became an American citizen in 1959.[1] From 1973 to 1997, he was Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He was also Secretary General of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).

the Árpád Bogsch building

Bogsch was featured in the 1988 Swiss documentary film A Szellem Tulajdona (Property of the Intellect), directed by Zoltán Bonta.[2]

There have been a number of tributes made in Bogsch's memory. The main building at WIPO headquarters in Geneva is named the "Árpád Bogsch building" in his honor.[3] The Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, in the country of Bogsch's birth, features a bust of Bogsch by sculptor Tibor Borbás [hu].[4] The International Federation of Inventors' Associations in 2010 established the Árpád Bogsch Memory Medal, to be awarded to individuals who support invention and innovation in the same spirit as Bogsch.[5]

Notable works

  • Bogsch, Arpad (1958). Universal Copyright Convention: An Analysis and Commentary. New York: Bowker. LCCN 58-13137. OCLC 902072883. A comprehensive annotation of the Universal Copyright Convention.


  1. ^ a b "WIPO Director General Expresses Concolences on Passing of Dr. Árpád Bogsch, Press Release 389, Geneva". World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). September 21, 2004. Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ A Szellem Tulajdona on IMDb
  3. ^ "Agreement with General Contractor Paves Way for Beginning of Conference Hall Construction". WIPO. May 31, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Árpád Bogsch (1919 - 2004 )". Hungarian Intellectual Property Office. July 15, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Árpád Bogsch Memory Medal: The highest international recognition of invention and innovation supporters". International Federation of Inventors' Associations. November 24, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
Preceded by
Georg Bodenhausen
Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Succeeded by
Kamil Idris

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