World Intellectual Property Day takes place on 26 April. It commemorates the day in 1970 when the Convention establishing World Intellectual Property Organization came into force. Since 2000 the WIPO and its member states have held and encouraged others to hold activities, events and campaigns to raise awareness of intellectual property and show how it affects our everyday lives. This year the theme is “Designing the Future” and the focus is to show design touches every aspect of human creativity.
Some countries have celebrated World Intellectual Property Day very enthusiastically. Compare the events arranged by Belarus and the Republic of Moldova last year with the CIPA clinics, Harrison Goddard Foote’s seminar on trade marks and the Scottish Law Society’s conference. We did rather better the year before but were still eclipsed by countries like El Salvador and Vietnam.
This year the UK is making more of an effort. If you have not yet arranged anything for your area here are some suggestions from the WIPO. Here are some of the events that are taking place in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The only city in England and possibly the world to name a street after an intellectual property right, will hold an all day exhibition and seminar at Gumption Centres.
Leeds Central Library will hold an exhibition and possibly a seminar, clinic and other activities.
Special events will be held at Central Library and other venues.
Over the next few days I shall be publicizing all the events that come to my notice on this blog and my other websites as and when I learn about them. If you want to tell me about them call me on 0800 862 0055 or contact me through this contact form.