World Intellectual Property Day


World Intellectual Property Day is a great opportunity to get people interested in issues relating to intellectual property (IP). While WIPO promotes a general theme each year, it is up to you to decide how best to use the event to make a splash, or to meet your organization’s own public awareness raising goals.

World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April. The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”. 26 April was chosen as the date for World Intellectual Property Day because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.

An exhibition showing the intellectual property (IP) behind Steve Jobs’ innovations opened to the public at WIPO on 30 March 2012 and ran through to World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2012. The exhibition tied in with 2012’s World Intellectual Property Day theme – ‘Visionary Innovators’.
This event has been criticized by a number of activists and scholars as one-sided propaganda in favor of traditional copyright, ignoring alternatives related to copyleft and the free culture movement.


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO; French: Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI)) is one of the 15 specialized agencies of the United Nations (UN). WIPO was created in 1967 “to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world”.

WIPO currently has 191 member states, administers 26 international treaties, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The current Director-General of WIPO is Francis Gurry, who took office on 1 October 2008.

188 of the UN member states as well as the Cook Islands, Holy See and Niue are members of WIPO. Non-members are the states of Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands and South Sudan. Palestine has permanent observer status.

We celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day on April 26, but we value the knowledge and effective use of IP every day. Check out the IP for business page for a suite of seminars, training and information resources tailored for businesses and innovators, like you!


On April 26, we will be co-hosting a panel discussion with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) featuring leading sports innovators, as well as an industry-leading lawyer specialized in sports law. The experts will discuss the significance of IP in the sports industry.

This is a great opportunity for IP and sports enthusiasts to network and explore how IP supports the global sports landscape and contributes to sports innovations.

The panel will include the following:

  • Susan H. Abramovitch, partner, Gowling WLG
  • Blaine Hoshizaki, director, Neurotrauma Impact Science Lab, University of Ottawa
  • Dr. Daniel Abram, chief technology officer, Shield-X Technology, Vancouver
  • Jonathan Thériault, lead engineer, HockeyShot
  • Register now to reserve your spot!

Live streaming
Can’t make it to Ottawa to celebrate World IP Day with us? Don’t worry; we’ll be live streaming the panel at 1:30 p.m. ET.

To watch our live stream, access our Twitter account or Periscope account on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET: