This is why we love Intellectual Property!

Every April 26, the World Intellectual Property Day reminds us of the role that intellectual property rights (IPR) such as patents, trade marks, industrial designs or copyright play in our daily lives and the innovation landscape around the world. 26 April was chosen because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) entered into force in 1970.

This year, WIPO has chosen to use the day to explore how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer and more comfortable, turning problems into progress. People are encouraged to look at how the IP system supports innovation by attracting investment and rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas and ensuring that the acquired knowledge is freely available so that tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.

Since the beginning of human existence, innovation has been part of our nature, pushing the boundaries of possibility and creating new capabilities. From lifesaving medicines, computers and smartphones, to the cars and planes that get us everywhere or improved crop varieties and communications, the impact of IP is tangible and omnipresent in numerous aspects of our daily lives.

On the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day 2017, WIPO is asking you to share your personal view on the topic on the World IP Day Facebook page. Dealing with IP issues and innovation every day, we have discussed this within the team – and here is what our IP experts came up with:

"For me, the most impressive innovation that comes to mind is the Google Maps app. It helps me to find my way and makes life so much easier whenever I'm traveling. No more stopping on the street, fishing out a ragged paper map and desperately trying to locate yourself!"Léa Montesse, European IPR Helpdesk Project Manager and IP Advisor

"Elevators! They allow you to reach every floor without any effort and are extremely useful for people with limited mobility. I haven't realised how precious they are until I had broken my leg and suddenly became completely dependent on them."Chrisa Kasioni, European IPR Helpdesk IP Advisor

"I totally cherish the slow cooker. It facilitates unattended cooking for many hours enabling me to prepare a variety of dishes which I normally wouldn’t have the time for in my daily life."Jakub Ramocki, European IPR Helpdesk Helpline Coordinator and IP Advisor

"The smartphone, definitely! Never before did we have so little to carry around as one device has it all – from instant messaging to calculator and compass!"David Vacher, European IPR Helpdesk Developer


    The European IPR Helpdesk team wishes you a Happy World IP Day!