Frequently Asked Questions: World IP Day

Basics

World IP Day offers a unique opportunity to join with others around the globe to consider how intellectual property (IP) helps the global arts scene to flourish and how it enables the technological innovation that drives human progress.

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.

World IP Day is an opportunity to highlight the role that IP rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity. A balanced IP system recognizes and rewards inventors and creators for their work and ensures that society benefits from their creativity and ingenuity.

IP rights provide the means by which researchers, inventors, businesses, designers, artists and others can legally protect their innovative and creative outputs and secure an economic return from them. But the IP system is no free lunch. Only when a work meets certain established criteria will it qualify for IP protection. A song, or a movie, for example, only qualifies for copyright protection if they are original. Similarly, a technology has to be novel, non-obvious and useful if it is to qualify for a patent. Moreover, to obtain a patent, an inventor is obliged to make details of her invention public so that others can build on the technology.

An effective IP system that balances the interests of inventors and creators with those of society as a whole has proven an effective way to encourage inventors and creators to invest their time, energy and ingenuity into developing new technologies and new forms of creative expression that both improve and enrich our lives.

An environment in which innovation and creativity thrive and which is diverse and inclusive, improves our chances of addressing the major challenges facing humanity, driving human progress, and making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable.

World IP Day is celebrated globally. Anyone can take part in the campaign! IP offices, government agencies, universities, law firms, businesses, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, universities, schools, along with thousands of people of all ages and from all corners of the globe, get involved in World IP Day every year.

You can get involved in many ways:

  • Spread the word. Use our free publicity materials and social media kit (posters, social media banners and icons, bookmarks, postcards, and much more) to spread the word about this year’s campaign and the role that IP plays in fostering innovation and creativity.
    • Online: Share your views and join the discussion on social media using the #WorldIPDay hashtag, and follow @WorldIPDay on Facebook and/or @WIPO on Twitter. Share World IP Day content and tell us and your followers what you think about the importance of creativity, innovation, IP and this year’s theme on your website or blog.
    • Offline: Talk about World IP Day with your friends and colleagues, hang a poster in the lobby of your organization, print and hand out bookmarks, or publish a piece in a newsletter for colleagues and clients. And why not brighten up your office by hanging our colorful World IP Day poster next to your desk.
  • Attend an event. Every year, hundreds of events to celebrate World IP Day are organized around the world – webinars, conferences, national award ceremonies, workshops, and exhibitions. Take your pick. World IP Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate innovation and creativity and to learn something new. Find out about events happening near you on from the World IP Day events map.
  • Organize an event. Why not think big and organize your own World IP Day event? Have a look at our list of event ideas for inspiration. Remember to share your event with us via worldipday@wipo.int so we can add it to the World IP Day events map and possibly promote it on social media. You can use our free publicity materials and social media kit to promote your event. Refer also to: Organizing and promoting World IP Day events | Publicity materials

For the latest World IP Day updates, check our website and Facebook Page.

Organizing and promoting World IP Day events

World IP Day is a great opportunity to get people interested in and talking about IP. While WIPO suggests a general theme for World IP Day each year, you are free to decide how best to use World IP Day to make a splash and so it meets the public awareness goals of your own organization.

If you would like to organize your own World IP Day event and are looking for inspiration, have a look at our suggested activities or World IP Day events maps from previous years, available in the World IP Day archives.

  • Use our World IP Day publicity materials and social media kit to promote your event online and offline. For details about what you are allowed to do with these materials, have a look at the answers relating to publicity materials .
  • Have details of your event displayed on the World IP Day event map so people can find out about it. Learn how to share your event with us.
  • WIPO may also publicize certain events on social media. Be sure to use #WorldIPDay and mention WIPO (@worldipday on Facebook and @WIPO on Twitter) when talking about your event.

Unfortunately, WIPO is not able to officially endorse or financially support events organized by third parties. Although we cannot authorize the use of the WIPO logo for third party events, we invite you to use the World IP Day icon PDF, World IP Day in its place.

World IP Day events map

The events map enables people to quickly locate World IP Day activities taking place in their area. Are you planning an event and want to add it to the map? Learn how to share your event with us.

You can find event maps from previous years in the World IP Day archives.

Disclaimer – the designations employed, and the presentation of material on the map, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of WIPO concerning the legal status of any country, territory or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

To have your event added to the World IP Day event map, please send an email to worldipday@wipo.int with the following information:

  • Event title(s);
  • Short event description(s), preferably in one of the official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish (1-3 sentences);
  • Date(s) of event;
  • Detailed event location(s);
  • (optional) Homepage(s) of and/or link(s) to more information about the event (website(s) and/or social media channel(s));
  • (optional) Visual materials with full credit – your logo, visual(s) for or photo(s) of the event (please be sure to include clear, focused, high resolution images, the name of photographer and any related copyright information).

If you let us know about the changes that need to be made, we will update the map.

In the lead up to World IP Day, it may take us a few days to process your request, but we will get back to you by email as soon as possible to confirm that your entry has been added to the map.

Publicity materials

You can download print-ready publicity materials from our website and use content from our social media kit to promote World IP Day.

The license covering campaign materials provides more details about how they may be used.

All publicity materials designed by WIPO to promote World IP Day can be downloaded from our website or social media kit and distributed in digital or printed formats (a license applies). We are, however, not in a position to recommend local printers or send any printed campaign materials to event organizers.

Yes, you can customize the publicity materials and social-media kit templates to promote your World IP Day activities. Please note that a license applies.

The publicity materials can only be used for the purpose of the World IP Day campaign of the current year. Modified World IP Day campaign materials can be reproduced, distributed and made available to the public in any form for non-commercial purposes only.

Unfortunately, we cannot authorize use of the WIPO logo for third party events, but invite you to use the World IP Day icon PDF, World IP Day in its place.

Editable versions of some publicity materials are available through our social media kit. Editable versions of the poster are provided in .IDML format (interchangeable format for Adobe InDesign).

More questions?

If you couldn't find an answer to your question on this page or through the World IP Day homepage, then feel free to contact us.