World IP Day

I was surprised to find out recently that April 26 is World IP Day:

Most people are aware of intellectual property (IP) – of copyright, patents, industrial designs and trademarks. But many still view these as business or legal concepts with little relevance to their own lives. To address this gap, WIPO’s Member States decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day. They chose 26 April 2010, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO originally entered into force in 1970.

So what is this day meant to do?

The aims of World IP Day are:

  • to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life;
  • to increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation;
  • to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe;
  • to encourage respect for the IP rights of others.

And how is this meant to happen?

This year the IPO is planning to celebrate World IP Day with a shared event in conjunction with ITMA, CIPA, IPAN and the British Library Business & IP Centre to be held at the British Library, London and will be celebrating the creativity of children with A World of Cracking Ideas.

Not exactly riveting but the last topic did sound interesting and then after going to the website I realised that I had actually seen the exhibition when I visited The Science Museum last year! It’s now at the Glasgow Science Centre until November 2010. It obviously didn’t make a huge impact on me at the time but then that’s an adult’s comment, I guess it’s what children think that matters!

On the topic of World Days, here’s a listing – watch out for World Hypnotism Day (January 4)!


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