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Publish date

25 April 2024

Celebrating World Intellectual Property Day

The World Intellectual Property Organisation defines Intellectual Property (IP) as “creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

IP can be protected in law through a number of means, from patents and trademarks to copyright and trade secrets. IP protection is vital from a commercial perspective so as to enable your organisation to benefit from its hard work and creations, as well as to prevent other potential competitors from profiteering from the same, at zero cost. It is in your organisation’s interest to properly protect its IP in order to safeguard the fruits of human creativity.

On 26th April we celebrate World IP Day, which serves as a reminder of the vital role that IP plays in fostering innovation, creativity and economic growth.

The Importance of IP

At its core, IP provides the framework for innovation. It incentivises individuals and organisations to invest time, money, and resources into developing new ideas, inventions, and artistic creations. IP is a valuable asset which can be an essential part of your organisation’s business strategy. By protecting your IP now, you can save your organisation time and money later by avoiding potentially lengthy disputes as to the ownership of certain trademarks/copyrights/domain names.

By granting exclusive rights to creators and inventors, IP protection encourages them to share their innovations with the world, while also ensuring they can reap the rewards of their hard work.

The Benefits of Registering IP

Your organisation’s IP can include logos and company names, which undoubtedly form an essential part of your “brand”, and must be protected in the eyes of the consumer. By ensuring your IP is properly registered, you can reduce the risk of competitors finding a way to ride on the coattails of the hard earned goodwill of your brand, and the successes of your hard work.

Registered IP also makes it far more likely that a lender will be willing to lend to your organisation, taking its security over your registered IP. Having your IP registered also makes it far more attractive to investors, who prefer to invest in registered patents over unregistered ideas or rights.

IP is a catalyst for economic growth. It fosters a culture of innovation by attracting investment, stimulating competition, and driving entrepreneurship. Companies that can protect their IP assets are more likely to attract investors, secure funding, and develop new products or technologies. This, in turn, leads to job creation, increased productivity, and a stronger economy.

IP rights can also facilitate global collaboration and knowledge sharing. Through licensing and technology transfer agreements, innovators can share their inventions and expertise with others, promoting collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas. This exchange of knowledge drives progress in various fields, from healthcare and technology to agriculture and renewable energy. IP protection also encourages research and development by providing legal frameworks that protect the investments made by companies and institutions.

How can we help?

As we celebrate World IP Day, it is important to recognise the profound impact that Intellectual Property rights have on our society. From fuelling innovation to assisting with job creation and global collaboration, it is clear that IP protection is the cornerstone of progress and can be vitally important for your organisation’s growth. By respecting and upholding IP rights, we can ensure a thriving environment for creativity and innovation.

Here at Thomson Snell & Passmore we are able to advise clients on any commercial queries related to IP. Please contact a member of the team for further information.

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