WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY [WIPO]: APRIL 26, 2014

 

WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY

Quick Facts

World Intellectual Property Day is annually held on April 26 to increase awareness and understanding of intellectual property worldwide.

Local names

Name Language
World Intellectual Property Day English
Día Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual Spanish
היום הבינלאומי לקניין רוחני Hebrew
اليوم العالمي للملكية الفكرية Arabic
세계 지적 재산의 날 Korean
Welttag des geistigen Eigentums German

World Intellectual Property Day 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

World Intellectual Property Day 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

World Intellectual Property Day is observed on April 26 each year with a variety of events and activities worldwide. It aims to increase people’s awareness and understanding of intellectual property (IP). World Intellectual Property Day is sometimes referred as World IP Day.

World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property Day focuses on increasing people’s awareness and understanding of all aspects of intellectual property.

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What do people do?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote World Intellectual Property Day each year. Activities and events may include (but are not exclusive to):

  • Stage concerts or other public performances centered around the around the World IP Day theme, with the performers delivering messages which encourage respect for creators and creativity.
  • Essay competitions for young people on themes relating to intellectual property, innovation, piracy, counterfeiting, and other similar issues.
  • Seminars or free lectures in universities to build awareness of intellectual property and its benefits among students, faculty and researchers.
  • Exhibits in museums, art galleries, schools and other educational institutions, with presentations explaining the link between exhibitions, innovation and intellectual property.

Some local intellectual and copyright offices may have an open day on or around April 26 to promote World IP Day. Some educational institutions may choose World IP Day as a time to celebrate the works of a notable inventor, artist, designer, or entrepreneur, and link discussions with the important role of intellectual property.

Public life

World Intellectual Property Day, also known as World IP Day, is an observance held in many places around the world. It is not designated as a special public holiday.

Background

WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

WIPO decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day to address the perceived gap between IP as a business/legal concept and its relevance to people’s lives. April 26 was chosen as the date upon which the convention establishing WIPO first entered into force in 1970.

WIPO plays a key role in organizing World IP Day. The activities, events and campaigns that focus on World IP Day seek to increase public understanding of what IP really means, and to demonstrate how the IP system fosters not only music, arts and entertainments, but also all products and technological innovations that help to shape the world.

External link

World IP Day Official Site

World Intellectual Property Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Thu Apr 26 2001 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Fri Apr 26 2002 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Sat Apr 26 2003 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Mon Apr 26 2004 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Tue Apr 26 2005 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Wed Apr 26 2006 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Thu Apr 26 2007 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Sat Apr 26 2008 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Sun Apr 26 2009 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Mon Apr 26 2010 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Tue Apr 26 2011 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Thu Apr 26 2012 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Fri Apr 26 2013 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Sat Apr 26 2014 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Sun Apr 26 2015 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Tue Apr 26 2016 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Wed Apr 26 2017 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Thu Apr 26 2018 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Fri Apr 26 2019 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance
Sun Apr 26 2020 World Intellectual Property Day United Nations observance

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