IFIA Celebrates World IP Day 2017
IFIA invites all of the members to celebrate the World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 to appreciate the role that intellectual property rights play in stimulating innovation and creativity.
This year, ٌWIPO has established “Innovation – Improving Lives” theme and investigates the way innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress in five areas of clean energy, education, health, agriculture and communication.
Innovation is a key to sustainable energy production
Researchers around the world are looking for new, cleaner energy solutions and new markets for solar, wind and wave energy are continuing to develop. For example, technological developments in solar power generation have led to the establishment of sites like the Ouarzazate solar power plant in the Morrocan Desert. When completed, its four plants will generate enough power for a million homes.
Education Forms the Foundation of Sustainable Development
Innovation creates vast new opportunities to deliver quality education to a growing audience, both young and old. Online search engines like Google provide a wealth of information at our fingertips at all times. Technology has created new and exciting ways to think about learning.
Mental and Physical Health is Improved through Innovation
Innovation has a key role to play in all areas of health care; in terms of the range and quality of treatments available, as well as in their delivery to the patients that need them. They range from the seemingly mundane, with researchers developing an incubator for babies using auto parts to the miraculous with mind-blowing developments in the area of regenerative medicine offering new treatments for previously incurable diseases.
Innovation Solutions Develop Sustainable Agriculture
Innovative solutions that are already supporting the development of sustainable food systems include the emergence of more resistant, higher yielding seeds that can withstand climatic extremes such as drought (maize) and floods (rice).
Innovation has revolutionized Communication
Information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones and the Internet have transformed the way we communicate and do business. The impact of ICTs on economic development is wide-ranging and cross-cutting. The United Nations Childrens Fund (Unicef), for example, is using mobile technology to improve birth registration systems in Cambodia and in partnership with the United High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to empower young refugees in Pakistan.
For more information, see http://www.wipo.int/ip-outreach/en/ipday/