WORLD IP DAY is April 26th
On World IP Day, we recognize and re-energize the minds that keep our tech, scientific, and creative worlds turning. It is a day to appreciate the laws that protect our intellectual property. And, it is a day to begin asking more questions.
Here is the scoop on how World IP Day started and what it means to you.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) heads up World IP Day. This day is a United Nations observance, as WIPO is a UN agency.
1998: The idea for a global day of recognition first came from the Director General of the National Algerian Institute for Industrial Property. The concept was to generate awareness and promote the need for innovation as well as acknowledge advances in intellectual property.
1999: The Chinese WIPO delegation offered the idea of “World Intellectual Property Day”. Their addition to the concept was heavy emphasis on IP protection and increasing public awareness of intellectual property rights.
2000: WIPO selected April 26th as World Intellectual Property Day. This date is significant because on April 26th, 1970 the WIPO Convention came into force after its initial draft in 1967.
WIPO’s goal for this day is “to join with others around the globe to consider how intellectual property (IP) helps the global arts scene to flourish and how it enables the technological innovation that drives human progress.” This day not only recognizes technological and scientific advances, but also music and the arts. We should consider (1) the different manifestations of innovation and (2) how those manifestations can interact, support, and stimulate one another.
To that end, World IP Day has different themes every year. For 2019, the theme is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”. WIPO examines, and encourages us to do the same, how the sporting spirit of competition and drive for success are echoed in IP development and protection. In both arenas, core elements are “excellence, respect and fair play”. We can also look at how scientific and technological innovations improve athletic performance, increase safety, provide public accessibility, and raise profits. On the creative side, inventors are coming up with new games and sports all the time. (Ever heard of Teqball?)
World IP Day is also a day to think about IP protection and expanding your resources. Past themes include, “Make Intellectual Property Your Business” (2003) and “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity” (2018). Look at the role of IP in your organization. The IP laws are constantly changing — what do you want to see happen? Find the tools you need to support innovation. Do you have the resources you need to ensure your freedom to practice and market your inventions? Working through its mission on World IP Day, WIPO addresses some of these questions, but encourages more inquiry.
Ask More Questions
What are your nagging IP questions? Need to know more about protecting your inventions, patent searching, or building an IP strategy? What does your patent portfolio look like? How do you publish an invention disclosure? It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice or an expert, if your question is general or specific – all questions are good. Instead of sending yours out into the search engine universe, check with IP.com first. Our experts* are standing by.
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For 2019, the WIPO-posted events map shows what’s happening from Edmonton, Canada to Sydney, Australia. You can attend a workshop, give a presentation, or just have coffee with fellow professionals to share what is on your mind. There is still time to learn more and plan an activity or event for the 2019 World IP Day (Official Site). Or, get a head start on 2020!
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References https://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/faq_world_ip_day.html  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Intellectual_Property_Day