World IP Day – April 26, 2021
IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market
Every business starts with an idea. Each of the millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that operate across the globe every day started with an idea that took shape in someone’s mind and made its way to market.
on Enhancing the Quality of Intellectual Property (IP) Management in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
and the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TURKPATENT)
Webinar, April 26, 2021
Are you interested?
World IP Day offers a unique opportunity to join with others around the globe to consider how intellectual property (IP) helps the global arts scene to flourish and how it enables the technological innovation that drives human progress.
FAQs: World IP Day
In 2000, WIPO's member states designated April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day with the aim of increasing general understanding of IP.
Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.
IP rights provide the means by which researchers, inventors, businesses, designers, artists and others can legally protect their innovative and creative outputs and secure an economic return from them. But the IP system is no free lunch. Only when a work meets certain established criteria will it qualify for IP protection. A song, or a movie, for example, only qualifies for copyright protection if they are original. Similarly, a technology has to be novel, non-obvious and useful if it is to qualify for a patent. Moreover, to obtain a patent, an inventor is obliged to make details of her invention public so that others can build on the technology.
An effective IP system that balances the interests of inventors and creators with those of society as a whole has proven an effective way to encourage inventors and creators to invest their time, energy and ingenuity into developing new technologies and new forms of creative expression that both improve and enrich our lives.
An environment in which innovation and creativity thrive and which is diverse and inclusive, improves our chances of addressing the major challenges facing humanity, driving human progress, and making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable.
Spread the word. Use our social media kit to spread the word about this
campaign and the role that IP plays in fostering innovation and
Online: Share your views and join the discussion on social media using the #WorldIPDay hashtag, and follow @WIPO on Facebook and/or @WIPO on Twitter. Share World IP Day content and tell us and your followers what you think about the importance of creativity, innovation, IP and this year’s theme on your website or blog.
Offline: Talk about World IP Day with your friends and colleagues.
Attend a virtual event. Every year, hundreds of events to celebrate
World IP Day are organized around the world – webinars, conferences,
national award ceremonies, workshops, and exhibitions. Take your pick.
World IP Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate innovation and
creativity and to learn something new.
- Organize an event. Why not think big and organize your own virtual World IP Day event? Have a look at our list of event ideas for inspiration. Remember to share your event with us via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can possibly promote it on social media. You can use our social media kit to promote your event.