Every April 26, the World Intellectual Property Organisation ( WIPO) celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
This year, WIPO is exploring how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer and more comfortable, turning problems into progress. It is also looking at how the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas, and ensuring that their new knowledge is freely available so that tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.
According to WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry, “With this year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign we are celebrating innovation and how it improves our lives. We are also celebrating all the risk-takers, all those who have dared to bring about positive change through innovation.”
This year’s campaign, he said, is an opportunity for everyone to think about what it actually takes to invent something and the challenges associated with that process. “It is also a chance for us to consider how we can make innovation really work for the benefit of the whole of society,” he added.