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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

Happy World Intellectual Property Day!

Did you know that April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day?  Probably not unless you are an IP practitioner or lawyer working in the field.  However, for the last 17 years the world (… ok, IP practitioners across the globe …) have celebrated World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) as a way of focussing attention on the extremely important role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging and stimulating innovation and creativity.

This year, the theme for the day is "Innovation – Improving Lives" – something that will feature in our inaugural IP & Tech Conference taking place next month. It provides a useful moment to pause and reflect upon the amazing technological and innovative developments that we have seen in the last 17 years since the first WIPD was celebrated.  However, what I find even more exciting is what the next 17 years will bring and how our lives are likely to continue to be improved through people’s creativity and invention.

There are various events taking place as part of the celebration to explore how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable - turning problems into progress.    The intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas – and to push the boundaries of what is possible.   In addition, innovation, and the technological progress it represents, already makes a significant contribution to our economic growth and is vital for our continued prosperity - creating opportunities for new and better jobs.

People are producing extraordinary new things to change the world for the better every day.  From 3D-printers that regenerate damaged human tissue; new technologies for purifying drinking water; driverless vehicles that will change the way we travel; mobile banking and other FinTech services improving the way we save pay, save and invest; virtual reality and artificial intelligence; new energy solutions and technologies; and better medicines improving the quality of our lives - innovation is making, and will continue to make, our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable. 

“With this year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign we are celebrating innovation and how it improves our lives. We are also celebrating all the risk-takers, all those who have dared to bring about positive change through innovation.” -  WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

Have a happy and innovative World Intellectual Property Day!  #worldipday

David Goodbrand
Partner

Did you know that April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day?  Probably not unless you are an IP practitioner or lawyer working in the field.  However, for the last 17 years the world (… ok, IP practitioners across the globe …) have celebrated World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) as a way of focussing attention on the extremely important role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging and stimulating innovation and creativity.
This year, the theme for the day is "Innovation – Improving Lives" – something that will feature in our inaugural IP & Tech Conference taking place next month. It provides a useful moment to pause and reflect upon the amazing technological and innovative developments that we have seen in the last 17 years since the first WIPD was celebrated.  However, what I find even more exciting is what the next 17 years will bring and how our lives are likely to continue to be improved through people’s creativity and invention.
There are various events taking place as part of the celebration to explore how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable - turning problems into progress.    The intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas – and to push the boundaries of what is possible.   In addition, innovation, and the technological progress it represents, already makes a significant contribution to our economic growth and is vital for our continued prosperity - creating opportunities for new and better jobs.
People are producing extraordinary new things to change the world for the better every day.  From 3D-printers that regenerate damaged human tissue; new technologies for purifying drinking water; driverless vehicles that will change the way we travel; mobile banking and other FinTech services improving the way we save pay, save and invest; virtual reality and artificial intelligence; new energy solutions and technologies; and better medicines improving the quality of our lives - innovation is making, and will continue to make, our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable.  
“With this year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign we are celebrating innovation and how it improves our lives. We are also celebrating all the risk-takers, all those who have dared to bring about positive change through innovation.” -  WIPO Director General Francis Gurry
Have a happy and innovative World Intellectual Property Day!  #worldipday
David Goodbrand
Partner

 

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