Many people still view intellectual property (IP) rights as business or legal concepts with little relevance to them, says the World IP Organisation (WIPO).
To address this gap, in 2000 the WIPO designated 26 April as World Intellectual Property Day.
Each year, WIPO and its member states use the day to increase public understanding of what IP really means, and to demonstrate how the IP system fosters all products and technological innovations.
The UK's Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is celebrating World IP Day with a special website that features articles, links, and information about free advice and tools from the IPO.
World IP Day aims to:
- Raise awareness of how patents, copyright and trademarks affect daily life;
- Increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps promote innovation;
- Celebrate the contribution made by innovators to the development of societies;
- Encourage respect for the IP rights of others.