World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April.The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “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”.April 26th was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.
An exhibition showing the intellectual property (IP) behind Steve Jobs’ innovations opened to the public at WIPO on March 30, 2012 and ran through to World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2012. The exhibition tied in with 2012’s World Intellectual Property Day theme – ‘Visionary Innovators’. Following a statement made at the Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in September 1998, the Director General of the National Algerian Institute for Industrial Property (INAPI) proposed the institutionalisation of an international day for intellectual property, with the aim of
- setting up a framework for broader mobilization and awareness, opening up access to the promotional aspect of innovation and recognising the achievements of promoters of intellectual property throughout the world.
- Promoting the awareness of intellectual property protection.
- Expanding the influence of intellectual property protection across the world.
- urging countries to publicize and popularize intellectual property protection laws and regulations.
- Enhancing the public legal awareness of intellectual property rights.
- encouraging invention-innovation activities in various countries.
- Stengthening international exchange in the intellectual property field.