Take your ideas to market

World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2021

IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market

World Intellectual Property Day 2021 shines a light on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the economy and how they can use intellectual property (IP) rights to build stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses.

World Intellectual Property Day message from WIPO Director General Daren Tang

Video: Our World Intellectual Property Day documentary features a selection of exciting SMEs from around the world who talk about how they are using IP to advance their business goals as well as practical tips from leading IP experts.

Map of SME support institutions

Help create a global snapshot of SME support institutions

If you offer support services to SMEs, please enter your details on this map and help us create a global snapshot of the support services that are available to SMEs around the world.

Events calendar

Explore the events calendar

IP resources for SMEs

Case studies on the use of IP by SMEs

These case studies tell the stories of SMEs around the globe that are using IP rights to turn ideas into business opportunities and generate value.


This interactive tool highlights practical IP questions to think about as you take your ideas to market. To view IPR GO on mobile, please use the pdf version PDF, IPR Go.

WIPO Magazine special edition

The WIPO Magazine explores IP, creativity and innovation at work across the world.

WIPO IP Diagnostics

The IP Diagnostic Tool helps you identify your business' IP assets and provides you with an automated report with basic information on how to manage these assets.

Guides: Intellectual Property for Business

These guides help you understand why paying attention to IP is critical and how you can benefit from it.

Promotional tools

Publicity materials

All PDF files are print-ready. Additional templates, landscape visuals and editable files are available in our social media kit.

Promotion toolkit

Use our guidelines to create your own World IP Day 2021 campaigns:

Social media kit

Download campaign materials in 8 languages from our social media kit, including theme visuals, social media banners, cards, etc.

About World 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.

Frequently asked questions

Why celebrate World IP Day? What kind of events can I organize? How can I add my event to the map? Answers to frequently asked questions about World IP Day.