World Intellectual Property Day – April 26, 2019

Reach for Gold: IP and Sports

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.

Faster, stronger, higher! The drive to test our abilities, the thrill of competition, and the awe we experience in watching ordinary people achieving extraordinary feats, have fueled our fascination with sports for thousands of years.

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign – Reach for Gold – takes a closer look inside the world of sports. It explores how innovation, creativity and the IP rights that encourage and protect them support the development of sport and its enjoyment around the world.

The universal values sports encompass – excellence, respect and fair play – power their global appeal. Today, thanks to advances in broadcasting and communications technologies, anyone, anywhere, can follow sporting action around the clock, tracking the performances of their favorite athletes and teams without leaving home.

Sports have become a multi-billion dollar global industry – one that generates investment in facilities (from sports stadia to broadcasting networks), employs millions of people around the world, and entertains many more.

Business relationships built on IP rights help to secure the economic value of sports. This, in turn, stimulates growth of the industry by enabling sporting organizations to finance the events we savor, and by providing the means to promote sports development at the grassroots.

We look at how sports businesses use patents and designs to foster the development of new sports technologies, materials, training, and equipment to help improve athletic performance and engage fans worldwide.

We find out how trademarks and branding maximize commercial revenue from sponsorship, merchandising and licensing agreements. These revenues offset the cost of organizing world class events, such as the Olympic Games and World Cup series, and ensure that the value and integrity of these spectacular events are safeguarded.

We look at how sports personalities are able to generate earnings from sponsorship deals with brand owners and by leveraging their own brands as athletes.

We explore how broadcasting rights underpin the relationship between sport and television and other media that bring fans ever closer to sporting action.

We zoom in on some of the game-changing technological advances in robotics and artificial intelligence that are driving change in all sports fields.

This year’s campaign is an opportunity to celebrate our sporting heroes, and all the people around the world who are innovating behind the scenes to boost sports’ performance and its global appeal.

Join us in celebrating the power of sports to engage and inspire, to innovate and unite us all in pushing the boundaries of human achievement.

Tell us about your sporting heroes and your favorite sports innovation, and share your views on the future of sports.

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Social media kit

Visuals and template to promote your own World IP Day event or spread the word.

World IP Day events map

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In depth: Intellectual property and sports

How intellectual property rights support the world of sports - from sports federations to athletes and sports fans.

World IP Day at WIPO

Screening of “Campeones”

Public movie screening of Spain's comedy-drama "Champions" in the presence of Director Javier Fesser and members of the cast. April 25, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. Flyer PDF, Flyer Screening of Campeones

Exhibition: Championing IP in the Sports World

Organized by Mexico, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia. From April 25 to May 2, 2019. Flyer PDF, Flyer World IP Day exhibition

PDF, Flyer Teqball

Teqball demo

Meet the co-founders and Teqball, a mix of football and table tennis – and try it out yourself! April 26, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. Flyer PDF, Flyer Teqball. The Teqball table will be at WIPO until May 1, 2019.

Views from the world of sports

“All shoes will become smart shoes in the near future – they’ll never be a product that just covers your feet and gives you a nice look” – Karim Oumnia, CEO of smart footwear company Zhor-Tech.

“Sponsorship helps the athlete achieve the maximum of their potential and their goals…it’s a huge part of sports that I’d love to see expanded, especially in swimming” – Sara Jokonya, Swiss Swimmer.

“Innovation is indispensable for a high level of sport. It improves performance, because products are lighter, much more efficient, and more accessible, even for the most specialized racers” – Jacques Bonfils, Product Manager, Movement Skis.

“Feel free to have your ideas…make something that makes your life worthwhile.” – Viktor Huszár, CEO and Co-Founder of Teqball, a mix of football and table tennis.

”Innovation is the driving force in sport today, so that athletes can perform to the best of their ability.” – Thierry Kunz, Brand Lead, Nidecker Group, a major snowboard brand.

“Creators and inventors deserve our respect, just like the applause and encouragement athletes get from the audience and fans.” – Zhang Shuai, Chinese tennis player.

Publicity materials

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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 16 frequently asked questions about World IP Day.

More 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.

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