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World Intellectual Property Day 2012

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day. In 2010, the date marked the 40th anniversary of the Convention establishing WIPO: the World Intellectual Property Organization.

For the general public, the term "intellectual property" does elicit terms such as copyright, patents, industrial designs and trademarks. For most, these are business or legal concepts with little relevance to their own lives. WIPO’s Member States decided in 2000 to designate an annual World Intellectual Property Day to raise awareness of the important role IP plays in everyday life.

The theme this year is Creativity: the next generation



April 26

World Intellectual Property Day

Specific aims of the World IP Day are:

  • to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life;
  • to increase understanding of how protecting 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;
  • to encourage respect for the IP rights of others.

2013's theme of Creativity and the organization describes its relevance for the future in these terms:

"Predicting the future is an uncertain endeavor at best, but that does not keep us from trying. And with ever greater access to information, instant communication, new forms of collaboration and crowd-sourcing, our predictions are becoming more frequent, more outrageous, and more accurate.

We know, for example, that cars will soon drive themselves. That our sight and speech – eventually our brains – will interact more directly with, and effectively control, our computers. Which will in turn become much smaller and be worn on – or inside – our bodies. This will all have a profound effect on how we live – how we think, how we work, how we learn, heal, enjoy.

What used to be science fiction is now fact. But what’s next? What is the future beyond the future? What disruptive technology is now just an idea bouncing around a young engineer’s mind? Who will create the next online sensation that again changes how we talk to each other? What new music will emerge from a garage somewhere to rock the world’s dance floors or unnerve the academy? Who are tomorrow’s great artists and innovators? How are they working; how do they create? And how will they get their creations to market in a world where the game changes, almost daily?

The future? Ask the next generation."

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