World Intellectual Property Day Date in the current year: April 26, 2016

World Intellectual Property Day World Intellectual Property Day is an annual observance held on April 26. It was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 and is considered one of the United Nations official observances.

WIPO is a UN specialized agency that promotes the protection of intellectual property. It was established by the WIPO Convention that was signed on July 14, 1967 and entered into force on April 26, 1970. The anniversary of the latter date is now observed as World Intellectual Property Day by the member states. The adoption of the day was proposed by the Chinese delegation in 1999.

World Intellectual Property Day focuses on raising public awareness about intellectual property rights and the importance of their protection, encouraging invention and innovation activities, and celebrating the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of their respective societies.

Each year, a new theme or message is chosen for the event. Participants are encouraged to hold activities appropriate to this year's message. These events may include but are not limited to exhibitions, conferences, round tables, public performances, workshops, “open doors” days, seminars, media campaigns.

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