World IP Day

The World Intellectual Property Day was established by the World Intellectual Property Oganization (WIPO) „raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life“ and „to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe“.

26 April was chosen as this was the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity.As written on the WIPO homepage Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

IP is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

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