Anything that has been created by an individual originally, a piece of art, an idea, plans for a machine, a poem, a song – is intellectual property. As the world has progressed, competition between innovators and the means of plagiarizing one’s intellectual property have also exponentially increased; meaning that strict and solid IP laws are necessary now more than ever before.
The World Intellectual Property Day, declared by the World Intellectual Property Organization, held every year on the 26th of April, works to raise awareness regarding global IP practices among innovators, urging creators to take measures in order to protect their rights and their products.
Furthermore, the day also works towards encouraging and celebrating innovation in all its forms – from personal products like an interactive alarm clock to initiatives like renewable energy solutions that stand to revolutionize the global environment and society.
This year, the WIPO will “Explore how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress. How the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas, and ensuring that their new knowledge is freely available so that tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.”
In line with the WIPO’s focus for this year, IP organizations of different countries all across the world have come up with their own agendas for their respective countries. This map shows all the events that are being organized throughout the world on account of the World IP Day this year.
Bangladesh, in keeping pace with the world, is hosting its own event, Volunteer for Intellectual Property, on the 25th of April. The Bangladesh Intellectual Property Forum has been observing the World IP Day every year since 2014 through different events. While 2016 saw a bicycle rally organized to raise awareness about IP laws and rights, BIPF has taken it one step further this year with an extensive day long boot camp.
The workshop calls on all the “Creanovators™” of the country and will look to connect the youth of the country to innovation leaders of the country, promote technological innovations of Bangladesh, raise awareness regarding IP rights and laws and build a solid base of ‘Volunteers for IP’ who will in turn, carry out IPR awareness activities among their peers, communities and social circles.
Registrations deadlines have been extended to the 13th of April, for the whole day boot camp to be held at the Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka on the 25th of April, 2017.