World Intellectual Property Day 2017

2017 theme is "Innovation - Improving Lives" 

World Intellectual Property Day is noticed on April 26th every year with a number of events as well as activities globally. The goals is always to boost people’s consciousness and knowledge of intellectual property (IP). World Intellectual Property Day might be referred since World IP Day.

April 26th marks World Intellectual Property Day, a global special event of the visionary advancement and innovative illustration fostered by the rational property system. The U.S. Copyright Office is pleased to join the Globe Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), its Member Says around the world, and also our co-workers across the U.S. Federal government in remembering the important contributions of writers as well as other creators to our worldwide society.

Importance of the day

We are lucky to reside in a tradition that respects the talent and also dedication of authors, composers, musicians, photography enthusiasts, filmmakers, artists, manufacturers and other writers. As the Supreme Court has mentioned: “The instant impact of our copyright law would be to secure a good return for an ‘author’s’ innovative labor. But yet the ultimate purpose is, with this incentive, to encourage artistic ingenuity for the common people good.”

How to celebrate the day

WIPO recognizes the goals of World IP Day as:

WIPO is a specialist company of the United Nations. It is committed to growing a well-balanced and available international intellectual property (IP) system, which benefits ingenuity, stimulates advancement and plays a role in economic growth while preserving the public attention.

  • To increase consciousness of how patents, copyright, characteristics and styles impact on everyday life;
  • To boost knowledge of how shielding IP rights will help promote ingenuity and invention;
  • To enjoy creativity, as well as the contribution created by creators and innovators to the growth and development of societies around the world; and
  • To motivate value for the IP rights of other people.

World Intellectual Property Day Themes

  • 2016 -  "Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined"
  • 2015 - Get Up, Stand Up. For Music.
  • 2014 - Movies - a Global Passion
  • 2013 - Creativity - The Next Generation
  • 2012 - Visionary Innovators
  • 2011 - Designing the Future
    2010 - Innovation - Linking the World
  • 2009 - Green Innovation
  • 2008 - Celebrating innovation and promoting respect for intellectual property
  • 2007 - Encouraging Creativity
  • 2006 - It Starts With An Idea
  • 2005 - Think, Imagine, Create
  • 2004 - Encouraging Creativity
  • 2003 - Make Intellectual Property Your Business
  • 2002 - Encouraging Creativity
  • 2001 - Creating the Future Today


While I think about a World Intellectual Property Day event (even within patent lawyer circles), maybe someday it will likely be a worldwide holiday that is filled with parades and dancing in the street.

  • Stage shows or additional public activities centered on all over the world IP Day theme, with the performers providing communications which motivate respect for authors and ingenuity.
  • Essay contests for teenagers on themes concerning intellectual character, innovation, piracy, counterfeiting, as well as other similar problems.
  • Seminars or totally free lectures in universities to develop knowledge of rational property as well as its advantages among students, staff and research workers.
  • Exhibits in museums, art galleries, universities and other institutions, with displays explaining the link between expositions, innovation as well as intellectual home.

Rational property is a lawful concept which represents creations of the thought for which unique privileges are recognized. Under rational property regulation, owner is granted particular exclusive privileges to a number of intangible assets, like musical, literary, and also artistic works. Typical types of rational property legal rights include copyright, advertisers, patents, industrial style rights, trade dress, as well as in certain jurisdictions trade tricks.

"Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."
- Steve Ballmer

"In the old days, you would have one lawyer to handle everything: speeding tickets, buying a house, contracts, litigation, real estate, copyrights, leasing, entertainment, intellectual property, forensic accounting, criminal offenses... the list goes on. Now, you have to have a separate lawyer for each one of those categories!"
- James Belushi

" spend a lot more time than any person should have to talking with lawyers and thinking about intellectual property issues."
- Linus Torvalds

"Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on."
- Tim Berners-Lee

"People recognize intellectual property the same way they recognize real estate. People understand what property is. But it's a new kind of property, and so the understanding uses new control surfaces. It uses a new way of defining the property."
- Michael Nesmith

"I wasn't political enough to write articles about myself or go to cocktail parties, meaning that not only has my art been pirated and my intellectual property rights stolen, but my work has been misrepresented."
- Michael Heizer

"No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property, because no good case can exist for treating with special disfavor the work of the spirit and the mind."
- Mark Helprin

"The intellectual property situation is bad and getting worse. To be a programmer, it requires that you understand as much law as you do technology."
- Eric Allman

"We were proposing, in a sense, that the rest of the world be made safe for American ideas, as they adopted intellectual property rights that gave patent protection to our very innovative economy."
- Jeffrey Sachs

"Americans have been selling this view around the world: that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property."
- Lawrence Lessig

"Japan is a well-educated, technological society. It is a free society, protects intellectual property."
- John Roos

"'The Book of Air and Shadows' was born during a conference with an intellectual property lawyer on a particular afternoon in November of 2003."
- Michael Gruber

"Many rogue sites exist to make a profit and others are enormously expensive to maintain. If they don't have the resources to continue stealing intellectual property, they'll wither away."
- Jared Polis

"I personally think intellectual property is an oxymoron. Physical objects have a completely different natural economy than intellectual goods."
- John Perry Barlow

"Content zips around the Internet thanks to code - programming code. And code is subject to intellectual property laws."
- Jonathan Zittrain

"From the business point of view - not to overstate it - intellectual property is dead; long live intellectual process. Long live service; long live performance."
- Esther Dyson

"At heart, Pearson is in the intellectual property business, be it through publishing books or the 'Financial Times'."
- Marjorie Scardino

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