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This year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation is again celebrating World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April.
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Whether in art, architecture, design, technology or science – creative minds often drive weighty developments with their ideas. It is therefore all the more important that ideas, concepts and resources are protected as intellectual property. Intellectual property (IP) includes property rights to creations of the human intellect, such as inventions, know-how and software. Intellectual property can be protected by industrial property rights, patents and utility models, for example.

This year, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is again celebrating World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April. This year’s theme is “Intellectual Property and Youth – Innovating for a Better Future”. Young people all over the world are using their curiosity and ingenuity to work for a better future. How these innovative and creative minds can bring about positive change and what innovations young people in particular produce will be explored on the occasion of the World Day. It will also highlight how young inventors and entrepreneurs can exercise their intellectual property rights “to achieve their goals, generate income, create jobs, address local and global challenges and support the development of communities and countries”. Until 22 April, 20 shortlisted videos can be viewed and the winner of the World Intellectual Property Day Youth Video Competition voted on.

The “Plagiarius” negative prize, awarded annually since 1977 to manufacturers and traders of particularly brazen plagiarisms and counterfeits, aims in a similar direction. The aim of the award is “to raise public awareness of the dubious business methods of imitators in order to sensitise industry, politics and consumers to the problem (damage, risks)”. Just in time for World Intellectual Property Day, the winners of the Plagiarius Competition 2022 will be announced on 25 April. The jury has selected eight brazen cases of plagiarism from a wide range of sectors (B2C / B2B) in the areas of household, travel, automotive, tools, clothing, animal accessories, process technology and precision components. In order to draw attention to the globally and digitally present problem of product and brand piracy, the original product and the plagiarism are, as always, shown in direct comparison. The laudation on the occasion of the Plagiarius award ceremony will be held by Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister for Economics, Labour and Tourism of the State of Baden-Württemberg. Furthermore, Kathrin Körber, Telecommunications and Internet Officer at the Consumer Advice Centre of Lower Saxony e.V., will give a statement on “Fake Shops”.

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