World Intellectual Property Day
26 April, 2021
World Intellectual Property Day is to learn about the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is protected in law by such instruments as patents, copyright and trademarks, so that the creators can earn recognition or financial benefit. The global IP system fosters innovation and the development and diffusion of technologies, the optimal use of resources and the emergence and growth of businesses. Take a look at the latest World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) annual report to gain an in-depth analysis of registration and renewals statistics from national and regional IP offices and WIPO on patents, utility models, trademarks, industrial designs, microorganisms, plant variety protection and geographical indications. The report also draws on survey data and industry sources to give a picture of activity in the publishing industry.