World Intellectual Property Organization

World Intellectual Property Day – April 26

On April 26 every year, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day in order to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property (IP) in encouraging innovation and creativity.

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In 2014 we celebrate: Movies – A Global Passion

One hundred years ago on a dusty California lot, Charlie Chaplin created the Tramp, arguably inventing the modern film in the process.

As an actor Chaplin brought pathos, nuance, and depth of character to the screen. As a director he embraced new technologies and explored new avenues for the medium. As a producer he developed innovative means of financing and distribution, helping to create the modern film industry and establishing film as one of the most popular art forms around the world.

A century later, movies are a global passion – for the millions who watch them every day and for the hundreds of thousands who work in the global film industry. The writers and actors, directors and producers, the editors, composers and designers, the sound and light technicians, the creators of special effects and new technologies: each one contributing their spark of creativity and innovative genius to this most collaborative of works.

With more films coming from more countries every day – and more means of dissemination, on screens large and small – we all benefit. The movies have come a long way since Chaplin’s Tramp. But their effect on us – the pleasure, and the passion – remains the same.

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Intellectual property and film

DG's message

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry reflects on IP in the global film industry, and the opportunities and challenges of the digital age.

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Messages from the film industry

Chris Dodd, Chairman, Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA)
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Pilar Bardem, Actress, President of AISGE, Spain
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IP Day film festival

Cinémas du Grütli, Geneva

April 24-28, 2014 (free entrance)

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From script to screen

We all love movies – the “global passion” of this year’s World IP Day theme. But where does IP fit into the picture?

Starting out in film

Independent filmmaker Sarah Lotfi shares her insights and experiences on making a career in the film industry.

Online distribution

Shifting film production and distribution models mean fresh challenges, but also new opportunities.

Passionate about movies More on our YouTube channel

Roberto Girault, Filmmaker, Mexico

Maggie Cheung, actress, Hong Kong, China

Iain Smith, film producer, United Kingdom

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More about IP Day

In 2000, WIPO's member states designated April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day with the aim of increasing general understanding of IP. 

Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

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