Building Respect for IP: Awareness Raising

Building respect for intellectual property (IP) involves more than just enforcement; we also have to educate, inform and change attitudes. We assist our member states to design national strategies for building respect for IP and to develop tools for use in awareness raising, in particular among young people.

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Raising awareness in schools

Our interactive website, RespectforIP.org, aims to raise young people's awareness and understanding of copyright and trademarks.

Respect for Copyright

This module – supported by funds-in-trust provided by the Republic of Korea – consists of five units designed for children aged 10 to 15. It aims to develop a better understanding of creative activity and the links to IP through debate and discussion.

Respect for Trademarks

This module – supported by funds-in-trust provided by the Japan Patent Office – offers three units for young people aged 14 to 19. It focuses on the role of trademarks in modern society and the creativity which goes into the development of brands.

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Teachers are encouraged to subscribe to WIPO’s Building Respect for IP newsletter, which provides periodic news about developments in the field of enforcement and awareness raising activities around the world.

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WIPO Manga

In 2010 – with the support of the Government of Japan – WIPO organized the "Real Manga" competition, inviting Japanese manga artists to create an original work highlighting the health and safety risks associated with counterfeits.

Spreading the Message, Building Respect

Discover some of the tools we produce to raise awareness about key IP issues, from outreach publications for children to support communications campaigns by IP offices.

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Getting Creative with Pororo

Meet "Pororo, the Little Penguin", a lovable character that helps young children get a basic grasp of IP. This animation series was developed with financial assistance from funds-in-trust provided by the Korean Intellectual Property Office and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Cartoons

With the help of Indecopi, Peru, we have produced three animated videos that explain IP-related topics in a fun and engaging way for older children. [Download print versions]

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Copyright

WIPO cartoon on the role and importance of copyright.

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Patents

WIPO cartoon on the role and importance of patents.

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Trademarks

WIPO cartoon on the role and importance of trademarks.

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Member state initiatives

At the annual meetings of WIPO's Advisory Committee on Enforcement, member states come together to share views and experiences relating to building respect for IP.

Awareness raising is a frequent topic of discussion and many imaginative communications initiatives have been presented by national authorities and the private sector.

Initiatives: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

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Educational program, Peru

Introducing issues such as piracy and counterfeiting into the high school curriculum. Find out more PDF,

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Exhibitions

We regularly organize exhibitions on the margins of Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) meetings. In 2019, the “ACE Cinema” screened some 50 anti‑piracy and anti‑counterfeiting awareness-raising videos, showcasing the creative ways in which IP offices and private sector bodies across the world illustrate the dangers posed by IP infringements and emphasize the importance of respecting IP in daily life.

Exhibition archives [PDF]: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

2018/19 school competition on respect for copyright in Oman (Photo: Ministry of Education, Oman)

School competitions

We help WIPO member states to organize school competitions, designed to stimulate discussion about the need to protect the rights of creators. Students are challenged to use their creativity to communicate a message of respect for IP in an effective way.

Interested in organizing a campaign? Contact us for more information and to receive a promotional package to support your campaign.

Strategies for building respect for IP

Awareness raising is an essential component of any strategy to build respect for IP. The tactics involved in any strategy include not only public communications, but also practical steps such as:

  • changes to educational curricula
  • commercial strategies to encourage legitimate consumption of IP protected goods
  • technical measures to prevent access to infringing content,
  • enforcement activity associated with specific awareness raising campaigns.

The WIPO Consumer Survey Toolkit on Building Respect for IP enables national authorities to design strategies appropriate to the infringement profile of the territory in question.

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Creating a strategy, step-by-step

The initial phase in developing a strategy is to assess the current IP environment in the country, studying in particular the level of consumer perception of IP and awareness of legal and social impact of IP infringing activities. This phase would include an evaluation of the various awareness activities already undertaken at the national level, analyzing the achievements and the related challenges. Consumer surveys, as provided for in the WIPO Consumer Survey Toolkit, focus group meetings, and questionnaires to key players may be used.

Once the environment in the context of respect for IP has been assessed and evaluated, the goals of the strategy should be defined. It is important to identify the specific behavior that the strategy would seek to modify (e.g., reduce purchases of counterfeit medicines).

The key target groups are those that are to adopt the relevant change of behavior, or are needed to bring that change about. Examples in the first category would include young people, adult consumers or the public in general. In the latter category, one might include law enforcement officials, the media or distributors of IP-protected goods.

There are a variety of awareness-raising activities on building respect for IP that may be developed and adapted in light of the targeted objectives. The message underlying each activity will probably vary and may include: the easy availability of legitimate products, the unfairness of counterfeiting and piracy to creators and innovators, or the damage caused to employment, culture or public health.

The duration of the strategy should be determined, broken down into phases by reference to defined goals, target groups and activities.

Each activity will need to be monitored and, upon completion, evaluated against the initial objectives. The WIPO Consumer Survey Toolkit provides a template questionnaire for use in evaluating the effectiveness of communications strategies after the event.

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