Canada celebrates intellectual property and sports innovations on World Intellectual Property Day

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Today, on World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) joins a global celebration of IP. This year's theme is "Reach for Gold: IP and Sports."

In keeping with the theme, CIPO highlights the role that IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity in the world of sports. Canada is a sporting nation, and CIPO is proud to recognize the Canadian sports innovators and businesses that reach their potential with the protection of IP.

CIPO is pleased to host a panel and networking reception in the National Capital Region as part of World IP Day. The panel features an industry-leading lawyer specialized in sports law, as well as leading sports innovators who will discuss the significance of IP in the sports industry. This event creates an opportunity for IP and sports enthusiasts to connect with each other and explore how IP contributes to the innovations that improve the way we play. The event is open to the public, and all are welcome to join.

World IP Day takes place every year on April 26. It has been led by the World Intellectual Property Organization since 2000.


"Every year on this day, we spark a discussion around the role IP rights play in growing innovation and creativity across many fields. This year, we are inspired by Canadian sports innovations that contribute to the growth of the Canadian economy and help us play safer and better."

Johanne Bélisle, Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks and Chief Executive Officer

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