April 26, 2013 - World Intellectual Property Day

On April 26, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World Intellectual Property Day.

The date is set by the Member States of WIPO at a meeting of the General Assembly in October 1999 when taking the decision to create this holiday. April 26th is the day on which in 1970 the Convention establishing WIPO entered into force.

Every year the Organization commemorates the Intellectual property day with different activities and events. The aim is to raise awareness of the people - their understanding of intellectual property and the role that patents, copyright, trademarks and design play in our daily live, “how protecting intellectual property rights helps promote creativity and innovation” and „to encourage respect for intellectual property rights of others”.

For this year’s celebration WIPO sends a message for a look to the future and it will run under the motto “Creativity: The Next Generation”.
What used to be science fiction years ago is our world today. What awaits us in the future - we all want to know how our world will look like tomorrow. How the development of high technology and digitization will affect the way we live, which will be the new inventions, how would we communicate or listen to music, work or heal, what are future great inventors and artists?

On this theme WIPO offers a variety of activities and initiatives to spread their message around the world - from concerts on stage, exhibitions and different competitions to holding seminars at universities and public debates on “hot” issues in the field of intellectual property, etc.

“The future? Ask the next generation.”- Says the World Intellectual Property Organization.

For more information on the World Intellectual property day you can visit the website of WIPO: http://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/2013/