World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2022

IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future

Across the globe, young people are stepping up to innovation challenges, using their energy and ingenuity, their curiosity and creativity to steer a course towards a better future. This year, the World Intellectual Property Day 2022’s theme focuses on IP and Youth innovating for a Better Future . We explore how these innovative, energetic and creative minds are driving positive change.

Find out how young inventors, creators and entrepreneurs can use intellectual property (IP) rights to achieve their goals, generate income, create jobs, tackle local and global challenges and support community and national development.

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. World IP Day 2022 celebrates the huge potential of young people to innovate and drive change for a better future.

This year young people are at the center of World Intellectual Property Day.

Join the conversation. Share your views on how innovation can shape the world you want to live in using #WorldIPDay.

Other WIPO youth-related initiatives

WIPO Photography Prize for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Youth 2021-2022

Through this activity, WIPO aims to celebrate and make widely known the creativity of Indigenous and local community youth, as well as raise their awareness on how copyright can be used to protect their creativity expressed in the photographs.

The theme of the WIPO Photography Prize is Climate Change and Climate Action: Mother Earth through our Lenses. Participation is meant to encourage young members of Indigenous peoples and local communities to express themselves on this issue of immense global significance.

Submission deadline: January 31, 2022

Young Experts Program

WIPO’s new “Young Experts Program” (YEP) initiative is aimed at forging the next generation of intellectual property leaders. Successful applicants will join a two-year program hosted at WIPO designed to expose young people with high potential, particularly from developing and least developed countries as well as countries in transition, to the technical and policy aspects of IP.

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 about World IP Day

“Why celebrate World IP Day?”, “What kind of events can I organize?” are examples of frequent questions that are asked about World IP Day.

Visit our FAQ page to find out answers to all the questions that you may have about World IP Day.

Guidelines

Use our guidelines to create your own World IP Day 2022 campaign: