It’s 2023’s World IP Day! World IP Day is celebrated on the 26th of April each year. This day was established 23 years ago today by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to bring awareness of what IP (Intellectual Property) is, to recognize how IP impacts our lives, to celebrate innovators, creators and entrepreneurs globally, and to encourage activities that promote innovations and creativity in our lives. The term “Intellectual Property” generally encompasses patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and designs. Each year, a theme is chosen and this year’s global theme is “Women in IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity”. In choosing this topic, WIPO celebrates the ‘can do’ attitude of women inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs around the world and their ground-breaking work.
Women are shaping the world with their creativity, drive, imagination, reliability, and hard work. Women across the world have overcome hurdles and have succeeded and achieved their goals to bring their intellectual property to us all. The number of woman innovators, creators and entrepreneurs is growing, and there are more and more women-owned businesses each day. We proudly recognize and celebrate this progress and as IP attorneys, we work with women inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs in helping them with the guidance and knowledge to identify, build upon and protect their valuable IP.
This year USPTO is hosting an event with many organizations including WIPO, INTA, AIPLA and the ABA-IPL Section just to name a few to celebrate the work of women around the world and in raising awareness about why it is so important to encourage more women to participate in the IP system. A live stream to this event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-world-ip-day-tickets-591525497687 .
Happy World IP Day from Oliver & Grimsley, LLC!