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World Intellectual Property Day 2020 is being celebrated on April 26 with the theme “Innovate for a Green future”. 

  • The event was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to "raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life." 
  • 26 April was chosen as the date because it coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) entered into force in 1970.  

About WIPO 

  • WIPO is one of the oldest specialised agencies of United Nations. 
  • WIPO was created in 1967 "to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world". 
  • WIPO currently administers 26 international treaties. 
  • It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • Every year World Intellectual Property Day is being celebrated on 26th April. 


  • WIPO currently has 191 member states. 
  • All member states of the UN are entitled, though not obliged, to become members of the specialized agencies like WIPO. 
  • 188 of UN member states as well as Cook Islands, Holy See and Niue are members of WIPO. 
  • Palestine has permanent observer status. 
  • Some 250 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) have official observer status at WIPO meetings. 
  • India joined WIPO in 1975. 


  • Global Innovation Index - an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for, and success in, innovation. 
  • It is published in association with Cornell University and INSEAD. 
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