World IP Day

26 April offers a celebration of intellectual property and this year it will be the 17th World IP day – the anniversary of the day that the World Intellectual Property Organization Convention was activated in 1970.

World IP day was brought into being with the intention of helping the world to understand how intellectual property contributes to our lives. This year, we’ll explore how innovation is making our lives better – turning problems into progress. We’ll look at how the intellectual property system supports innovation.

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World IP day EVENTS:


IP and Young Minds: Essay Competition and Presentations
26 April 2017 – Gauteng, South Africa –
In April and May, Licensing Executives Society (LES) South Africa will organize school IP information days and an essay competition for young people, inviting them to share innovative ideas about IP, protecting novel ideas, piracy and counterfeiting. The author of the winning essay will be awarded a cash prize.

Lunch Hour Talk Sessions
26 April 2017 – Port Elizabeth, South Africa –
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Innovation Office will be hosting a series of lunch hour talk sessions to various faculties within the university throughout the month of April. Each lunch hour session will have a representative from the Innovation Office to educate attendees about intellectual property (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) as well as an innovator within the specific faculty to explain how their own innovation / IP has ensured the improvement of people’s lives.

National Intellectual Property Awards 2017
26 April 2017 – Mumbai, India –
On April 26, 2017, the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), recognizes individuals and enterprises for creation and commercialization of intellectual property (IP) with national IP awards. The deadline for applications is February 25, 2017.

Norwegian Patent Office
26 April 2017 – Norway –
The Norwegian Patent Office and the Norwegian Center for Design and Architecture (DOGA) organize a free seminar on April 26, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

LES Silicon Valley Annual Conference
26 April 2017 – Palo Alto, CA United States –
In 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization member states designated April 26 – the day 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.