Seventeen years ago, the World Intellectual Property Organization introduced World IP Day in an effort to raise awareness of the role intellectual property rights (patents, trade marks, registered designs and copyright) play in our everyday lives. In turn, we celebrate the contribution innovators and artists have made to the development of our society on a global scale. Now, World IP Day unites hundreds of thousands of people across 180 countries.
This year’s theme explores how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable. We look at how the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment and rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas. This ensures their knowledge is freely available so tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.
Today, we have three celebratory updates to share:
- Historically, Australian inventors have made a profound contribution to the health and wellbeing of people all over the world. From the medical application of penicillin, to the Cochlear implant, here are ten life-changing Australian inventions.
- Our IP counsellor to China shares his insights on how World IP Day is celebrated by the State Intellectual Property Office of the Peoples Republic of China.
- We’ve released our flagship publication, the Australian Intellectual Property Report 2017. See key statistics and highlights here.
From us to you, happy World IP Day!