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World Intellectual Property Day 2019: Here’s everything you need to know about the day

World Intellectual Property Day 2019: Here’s everything you need to know about the day: World Intellectual Property Day is held every year on 26 April in order to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life”.

World Intellectual Property Day 2019

The day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the year 2000 and the other reason for creating the day was “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”.

The date 26 April was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day for the reason that it happens together with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in the year 1970.

History of World Intellectual Property Day

In September 1998, the following statement was made at the Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Director General of the National Algerian Institute for Industrial Property (INAPI) offered on 7 April 1999 the institutionalisation of an global day for intellectual assets, with the objective of setting up “a framework for broader mobilization and awareness, [opening up] access to the promotional aspect of innovation and [recognizing] the achievements of promoters of intellectual property throughout the world.”

On 9 August 1999, the Chinese allocation to the WIPO suggested the acceptance of the “World Intellectual Property Day”

It stated, “in order to further promote the awareness of intellectual property protection, expand the influence of intellectual property protection across the world, urge countries to publicize and popularize intellectual property protection laws and regulations, enhance the public legal awareness of intellectual property rights, encourage invention-innovation activities in various countries and strengthen international exchange in the intellectual property field”.

Finally, in the year 1999, the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on October accepted the idea of announcing a specific day as a World Intellectual Property Day.

Theme of World Intellectual Property Day 2019

Every single year, a message or theme is connected with the event and this year in 2019, the theme of World Intellectual Property Day is Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.

Following is the list of other themes in the previous years:

2001 – Creating the Future Today

2002 – Encouraging Creativity

2003 – Make Intellectual Property Your Business

2004 – Encouraging Creativity

2005 – Think, Imagine, Create

2006 – It Starts With An Idea

2007 – Encouraging Creativity

2008 – Celebrating innovation and promoting respect for intellectual property

2009 – Green Innovation

2010 – Innovation – Linking the World

2011 – Designing the Future

2012 – Visionary Innovators

2013 – Creativity – The Next Generation

2014 – Movies – a Global Passion

2015 – Get Up, Stand Up. For Music

2016 – Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined

2017 – Innovation – Improving Lives

2018 – Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity