Intellectual Property Days Celebrate Culture and Ideas
April 24, 2006 -- World Book and Copyright Day, celebrated on April 23, promotes reading, publishing, and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. The date was chosen to pay tribute to three writers - Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega - who died on that day in 1616. World Intellectual Property Day, celebrated on April 26, highlights the role of intellectual property in everyday life.
For this year’s World Book and Copyright Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization emphasizes the many roles books play in education and the economy, and encourages breaking down language barriers to aid the spread of knowledge among all countries. Broader use of digital media improves this exchange but requires new initiatives to protect and enforce copyright laws.
The World Intellectual Property Organization highlights the ideas behind innovations and creative works for this year’s World Intellectual Property Day. This theme emphasizes the need to encourage environments that promote and reward the development of new technologies.
Many National Research Council reports explore intellectual property issues. The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Age recommends a collaborative effort among stakeholders to discuss how to balance the need for electronic access to works with the need to enforce copyright laws. Reaping the Benefits of Genomic and Proteomic Research: Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation, and Public Health documents trends in patenting and licensing in this field and looks at how these practices affect therapeutic and diagnostic research. A Patent System for the 21st Century recommends changes to the patent system that promote incentives and minimize barriers to innovation. IP@ the National Academies provides more information about copyright and related issues.