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World Intellectual Property Day Archives

2023: Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity

In 2023 we celebrated: Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity

2022: IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future

In 2022 we celebrated: IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future

2021: IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market

In 2021 we celebrated: IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market

2020: Innovate for a Green Future

In 2020 we celebrated: Innovate for a Green Future

2019: Reach for Gold: IP and Sports

In 2019 we celebrated: IP and Sports

2018: Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

In 2018 we celebrated: Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

2017: Innovation - Improving Lives

In 2017 we celebrated: Innovation - Improving Lives

2016: Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined

In 2016 we celebrated: Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined

2015: Get up, stand up. For music.

In 2015 we celebrated: Get up, stand up. For music.

2014: Movies – A Global Passion

In 2014 we celebrated: Movies – A Global Passion:

2013: Creativity – The Next Generation
  • Message from Director General Francis Gurry Video, Francis Gurry, World IP Day 2013 Video
  • Posters: 1 (5 MB), 2 (12 MB), 3 (8 MB), 4 (16 MB) | Pictogram
  • Postcards (0.5 MB) | Bookmarks (1 MB) | Innovator snapshots (3 MB)
  • Posters and photos - Facebook
  • World IP Day Activities - Google map
  • Exhibition on 3-D printing PDF, Information Brochure on 3-D Printing Video, Panel discussion on 3-D printing Video
  • What is the shape of things to come? From the weather to the markets to the next big thing in technology or the arts, we all want to know how the world will look tomorrow.

    Predicting the future is an uncertain endeavor at best, but that doesn’t keep us from trying. And with ever greater access to information, instant communication, new forms of collaboration and crowd-sourcing, our predictions are becoming more frequent, more outrageous, and more accurate.

    We know, for example, that cars will soon drive themselves. That our sight and speech – eventually our brains – will interact more directly with, and effectively control, our computers. Which will in turn become much smaller and be worn on – or inside – our bodies. This will all have a profound effect on how we live – how we think, how we work, how we learn, heal, enjoy.

    What used to be science fiction is now fact. But what’s next? What is the future beyond the future? What disruptive technology is now just an idea bouncing around a young engineer’s mind? Who will create the next online sensation that again changes how we talk to each other? What new music will emerge from a garage somewhere to rock the world’s dance floors or unnerve the academy? Who are tomorrow’s great artists and innovators? How are they working; how do they create? And how will they get their creations to market in a world where the game changes, almost daily?

    The future? Ask the next generation.

2012: Visionary Innovators
2011: Designing the Future
2010: Innovation - Linking the World
2009: Promoting Green Innovation as the key to a Secure Future
2008: Celebrating Innovation and Respecting IP
2007: the Link Between IP and Creativity

Encouraging Creativity

2006:  IP - It Starts with an Idea
2005: Think, imagine, create
2004:  the Importance of IP for Economic, Social and Cultural Development
IP-Day Poster 2004
2003:  Making IP your Business
IP Day poster
2002: Encouraging Creativity
2001: Creating the Future Today