World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property Day

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World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to "raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life" and "to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe". April 26 was chosen as this was the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.

Each year, a message or theme is associated with the event:
  • 2001 - Creating the Future Today
  • 2002 - Encouraging Creativity
  • 2003 - Make Intellectual Property Your Business
  • 2004 - Encouraging Creativity
  • 2005 - Think, Imagine, Create
  • 2006 - It Starts With An Idea
  • 2007 - Encouraging Creativity
  • 2008 - Celebrating innovation and promoting respect for intellectual property UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) web site, , Events, World IP Day. Consulted on March 27, 2008.
  • 2009 - Green Innovation
  • 2010 - Innovation - Linking the World
  • 2011 - Designing the Future


Following a statement made at the Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in September 1998, the...
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