Each year, the campaign is rolled out around a topical theme:
- 2023 — Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity
- 2022 — IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future
- 2021 — IP and SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market
- 2020 — Innovate for a Green Future
The purpose of the holiday is to raise awareness about patents, copyright, and trademarks. People can learn more about how these laws impact our daily life.
It helps us to celebrate talent and creativity which makes us able to recognize the contributions that creators and inventors make to our world.
My work was recently so blatantly and publicly plagiarized. Accidental or not it made me feel violated and vandalized. The fact that it was done was surprising enough. That it was perpetuated by someone who should have known better was a brutal shock.
Plagiarism comes in many forms, some more severe than others — from rephrasing someone’s ideas without acknowledgement to stealing a whole essay. These are the five most common types of plagiarism:
- Global plagiarism means passing off an entire text by someone else as your own work.
- Verbatim plagiarism means directly copying someone else’s words.
- Paraphrasing plagiarism means rephrasing someone else’s ideas to present them as your own.
- Patchwork plagiarism means stitching together parts of different sources to create your text.
- Self-plagiarism means recycling your own past work.
Except for global plagiarism, these types of plagiarism are often accidental, resulting from failure to understand how to properly quote, paraphrase, and cite your sources.
It is important to have intellectual property regulations to prevent the theft of original work — promoting the notion that creators should have full ownership of their invention.
World Intellectual Property Day 2022 also featured a panel discussion on Innovating for Better Health: Supporting Young Innovators through IP, was organized in collaboration with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) with the support of the Geneva Health Forum and Speak UP Africa.
The event brought together young innovators/entrepreneurs and mentors from Cameroon, Colombia, Nepal, Uganda, and the Philippines as well as various international experts.
They help foster the development of societies and cultures. Innovation is what keeps us moving towards a new and more advanced future.