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Posted by Louise Prance-Miles on 26 April 2021
Every April 26, the World Intellectual Property Office celebrates World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
Today, we will hear from parliamentarians and some of the best UK designers from different industry sectors about the importance of IP to stimulate innovation for growth. Why IP Matters? And also, what are the challenges of bringing new ideas to market?
WIPO say, "Every business starts with an idea. Each of the millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that operate across the globe every day started with an idea that took shape in someone's mind and made its way to market. When nurtured and enriched with ingenuity, know-how and flair an idea becomes an IP asset that can drive business development, economic recovery and human progress."
Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of Anti Copying in Design said, "Flag-flying for the UK's incredibly talented designers on World IP Day emphasises the importance of design and design protection as we negotiate new trade deals. The UK's designers need to be assured of a much stronger and more robust UK enforcement system now the UK designers have lost the all-important automatic EU Unregistered Community Design protection in EU27, post Brexit. We will also continue to press Government for criminal provisions for unregistered design infringement as a real deterrent against IP theft."
Anti Copying in Design (ACID) is also launching a True or False competition #IPTrueorFalse and the winner will be announced on British Intellectual Property Day on June 29th. The winner will be invited to a reception at the Palace of Westminster and receive a £250.00 voucher with two runners up each receiving £50 vouchers.
To enter, complete a one-minute Survey Monkey visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R6NSCFT
To view a summary of the ACID World IP Day Video visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ3TCO9Jtug