Here’s wishing all our readers a very innovative and creative World IP Day 2019!
Every year, April 26 is celebrated globally as World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. It was initiated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000, to promote discussions on the role IP plays in various aspects of our day to day lives and thus encourage innovation and creativity. Interestingly, the choosing of the date April 26 has a history behind it in the sense that it was on April 26, 1970 that the Convention establishing the WIPO, which would soon become the leading global forum to promote intellectual property as a force for positive change, was entered into force.
WIPO chooses and announces a theme for the day every year, and the theme chosen for 2019 is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”. The underlying idea behind this is to encourage the relationship between IPR and Sports. The endeavor is to arrive at a balanced and flexible intellectual property system that can unleash its actual potential and in turn fuel the growth of country’s nascent sports economy.
Finally, carrying forward our unique initiative since the past 8 years, this year we again organized Script It<sup>TM</sup>, an
essay competition for school and college students and to give these young minds an opportunity to understand the role played by intellectual property rights!!
A truly eventful IP Day!!