World Intellectual Property Day is observed every year across the globe on 26 April to raise the awareness about the impacts of Intellectual Property (IP) on our daily life.
World Intellectual Property Day is also known as World IP Day.
It was established by World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). It promotes the role of IP in stimulating innovation and creativity.
In fact World Intellectual Property Day provides an opportunity for IP offices, inventors and enterprises whether big or small to discuss and connect each other about the emerging various innovations that will help in shaping the world and also improves the living of people.
World Intellectual Property Day 2018: Theme
The theme of World Intellectual Property Day 2018 is Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity.
According to WIPO several campaigns and programs were organised to celebrate the brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world and shaping our common future.
Therefore, this year's theme will no doubt aware and encourage the increasing participation of women and girls in various technological and creative fields. Also, IP will see how they can support their creations.
World Intellectual Property Day: History
Do you know that the WIPO is a specialised agency of the United Nations?
It is committed to develop a balanced and approachable international intellectual property (IP) system, which reward creativity, encourage innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
In 2000, WIPO's member states designated April 26, the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970. They want to minimise the gap between IP as a business or legal concept and its relevance to people's lives.
How World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated?
To promote World Intellectual Property Day every year, WIPO works together with several agencies of government, non-government organisations, community groups and individuals to organise events and activities.
- Stage concerts or various public performances focussed around the World IP Day theme.
- Essay competitions for young people on the theme of World IP Day.
- Seminars or free lectures in several universities are provided to build awareness about the IP and its benefits.
- To explain the link between innovation and intellectual property various exhibitions in museums, art galleries, schools and other educational institutions are organised on the World IP Day.
- On 26 April some local intellectual and copyright offices may have open to promote World IP Day.
Therefore, we can say that every year on 26 April World Intellectual Property Day is observed to spread the awareness about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.