World IP Day Events in Canada

Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day 2012
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and its Member States decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day. They chose April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO originally entered into force in 1970.

The aims of World Intellectual Property Day are:

To raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life;
To increase understanding of how protecting intellectual property (IP) rights helps promote creativity and innovation;
To celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe; and
To encourage respect for the IP rights of others.

The annual celebration, linking IP and creativity, provides us with the opportunity to celebrate and promote innovation and economic growth. The theme of World Intellectual Property Day this year is „Visionary Innovators“.

CIPO supports the growth and prosperity of Canadians and proudly salutes the creative potential of Canadian entrepreneurs and innovators.

Licensing Executives Society Celebrates World IP Day by Uniting IP and Business Professionals across the Globe to Move Innovation Forward

Join Us on April 26 to Celebrate World IP Day! Don’t Miss Out on This Chance to Connect with Your Community!

On April 26, LES will join WIPO to celebrate World IP Day with a series of coordinated events aimed at connecting IP, licensing and business professionals, as well as entrepreneurially-minded students, across the globe in an effort to move innovation forward.

In the past two years, LES has hosted more than sixty Around the World with LES events, with over 2,000 participants in several countries and local areas throughout the US and Canada.

The events range from networking receptions and valuable education sessions, to career chats and hot topic discussions. The events are are open to anyone, including non-members and students, so register now through your local chapter and don’t forget to bring a friend or two!

LESI Societies
Several LESI Societies will be hosting Around the World events. For more information, please visit the LESI website.

Around the World Photo Release Policy
Registrant grants permission to LES (USA & Canada) to use registrant’s image or likeness for any and all promotional purposes.

World IP Day April 26, 2012

The Catalyst Centre presents two guest speakers on World IP Day:

– Karen Mazurkewich is a consultant who co-directed a report on intellectual property and innovation for the Canadian International Council titled „Rights and Rents – Why Canada Must Harness its Intellectual Property Resources.“

– Don Stewart is an entrepreneur, scientist and a founder of PlantForm Corporation, a start-up company that developed through a partnership with the University of Guelph.

For more information, visit

Time: 10 a.m.
Location: OVC Pathobiology AHL, Room 1810

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1