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World Intellectual Property Day

Quick Facts

World Intellectual Property Day is annually held on April 26 to increase awareness and understanding of intellectual property worldwide.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Intellectual Property DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la Propiedad IntelectualSpanish
היום הבינלאומי לקניין רוחניHebrew
اليوم العالمي للملكية الفكريةArabic
세계 지적 재산의 날Korean
Welttag des geistigen EigentumsGerman

World Intellectual Property Day 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

World Intellectual Property Day 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

World Intellectual Property Day is observed on April 26 each year with a variety of events and activities worldwide. It aims to increase people’s awareness and understanding of intellectual property (IP). World Intellectual Property Day is sometimes referred as World IP Day.

World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property Day focuses on increasing people's awareness and understanding of all aspects of intellectual property.

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What do people do?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) works together with various government agencies, non-government organizations, community groups and individuals to hold different events and activities to promote World Intellectual Property Day each year. Activities and events may include (but are not exclusive to):

Some local intellectual and copyright offices may have an open day on or around April 26 to promote World IP Day. Some educational institutions may choose World IP Day as a time to celebrate the works of a notable inventor, artist, designer, or entrepreneur, and link discussions with the important role of intellectual property.

Public life

World Intellectual Property Day, also known as World IP Day, is an observance held in many places around the world. It is not designated as a special public holiday.

Background

WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

WIPO decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day to address the perceived gap between IP as a business/legal concept and its relevance to people’s lives. April 26 was chosen as the date upon which the convention establishing WIPO first entered into force in 1970.

WIPO plays a key role in organizing World IP Day. The activities, events and campaigns that focus on World IP Day seek to increase public understanding of what IP really means, and to demonstrate how the IP system fosters not only music, arts and entertainments, but also all products and technological innovations that help to shape the world.

External link

World IP Day Official Site

World Intellectual Property Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuApr 262001World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 262002World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 262003World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
MonApr 262004World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 262005World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
WedApr 262006World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 262007World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 262008World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 262009World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
MonApr 262010World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 262011World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 262012World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 262013World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
SatApr 262014World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 262015World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
TueApr 262016World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
WedApr 262017World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuApr 262018World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
FriApr 262019World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
SunApr 262020World Intellectual Property DayUnited Nations observance 
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