by Jeremy Erwin , Ross Magee April-26-2021 in Intellectual Property

World Intellectual Property Day 2021 takes place on Monday 26 April. This year’s theme is “IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market". World Intellectual Property Day 2021 shines a light on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the economy and how they can use intellectual property rights to build stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses.

The World Intellectual Property Office (“WIPO”) is coordinating a global campaign to highlight the importance of intangible assets to SMEs and the value of IP in supporting SMEs to grow. WIPO has published a series of case studies from around the world telling stories of SMEs that are using intellectual property rights to turn ideas into business opportunities and generate value. The WIPO also provides a wealth of practical information on the best ways for SMEs to protect their intangible assets.

The international IP community is marking World IP Day through a series of virtual activities and an active social media campaign.

To read a message from WIPO Director General Daren Tang click here.  For further information on the events can be found click here.  

If you have any intellectual property related queries, please contact Jeremy Erwin (, Ross Magee ( or any member of the Intellectual Property Team at Hayes.

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