Every year on April 26, World Intellectual Property Day celebrates innovation and creativity and how intellectual property fosters and encourages them.
The theme for 2012 focuses on Visionary Innovators – individuals whose ingenuity and artistry have broken molds, opened new horizons and made a lasting impact.
You can see the themes from previous years, as well as the related artwork, Director General’s messages and member states’ activities, in the World IP Day archives.
WIPO receives posters every year from its member states and from other organizations around the globe – going back to the first World IP Day in 2001.
How World IP Day began
To increase general understanding of what IP really means, WIPO member states chose April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day.
Since then, IP Day offers an exciting chance each year to join with others around the globe, to highlight, discuss and demonstrate how the IP system contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.