Marino Porzio studied law at the Law School of the University of Chile in Santiago and was admitted to practise in 1963.
He also attended the New York University Law School, where he obtained a master’s degree in 1965.
He worked at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, and in several different positions until 1979, when he was elected Deputy Director General, a position he occupied for nine years until 1987, when he returned to Chile.
He was the president of WIPO’s General Assembly for the period between 1999 and 2001, and an arbitrator with the WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center.
He was also an arbitrator with the World Trade Organization dispute resolution system, having been a member of the panel of neutrals in the complaint of the United States against China on intellectual property rights in 2008 and 2009.
He was a member of the board of the Chilean Intellectual Property Association from 1993 to 2003 and president of the Association between 2004 and 2005.
He is an intellectual property professor at the Law School of the University of Chile and the Law School of University Diego Portales.
He speaks Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese.