World IP Day 2023: Celebrating Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity

The 2023 World Intellectual Property campaign is an opportunity to celebrate all talented women around the world and promote the development of more inclusive and diverse IP ecosystems that accelerate innovation, creativity and business growth for the benefit of all. — WIPO

From April 24-28, the Copyright Alliance will celebrate World IP Day (WIPD) by joining our members, partners, and countless creators and organizations around the world to mark the occasion by amplifying blogs and videos, hosting virtual events, and much more—all designed to celebrate the fact that IP helps the global arts scene flourishand enables the innovation that drives human progress.

The 2023 World IP Day theme, as determined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and CreativityAccording to a statement issued by WIPO, “In 2023, we celebrate the ‘can do’ attitude of women inventors, creators and entrepreneurs around the world and their ground-breaking work. Women in all regions are shaping the world through their imagination, ingenuity, and hard work, but often face significant challenges in accessing the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to thrive…WIPO is committed to moving the dial on the participation of women in the IP system.”

Copyright Alliance Celebrates World IP Day 2023

Women Trailblazers Creating Success Through Copyright

The Copyright Alliance, in collaboration with the U.S. Copyright Office, the Copyright Society, the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), the U.S. Intellectual Property Alliance, and 12 Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) organizations across the country, hosted a World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) 2023 event titled Women Trailblazers Creating Success Through Copyright This virtual panel kept with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) 2023 theme, Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity

Watch the recording above to hear what our inspiring women panelists have to say about how copyright has helped them to advance their careers and protect and distribute their and others’ creative works.

Our panel moderator was Karyn A. Temple, former Register of Copyrights and SEVP & Global General Counsel at the Motion Picture Association; and our panelists were Jayda Imanlihen, Founder of the Black Girl Film SchoolAlicia Calzada, Deputy General Counsel for the National Press Photographers AssociationTristen Norman, Director, Creative Insights, Getty Images; and Miriam Lord, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Public Information and Education at the U.S. Copyright Office.

In honor of World IP Day 2023, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid is pleased to share the following message with the creative and copyright communities, one that speaks to the history of copyright law and intellectual property protections, as well as articulates the importance of this year’s theme as established by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

As we all know, copyright and intellectual property protections benefit societies across the globe by incentivizing creativity and innovation. They also make it possible for the world to enjoy inspiring works of art, music, books, photos, and so much more. And at a time when global economies are experiencing so many new challenges, we need strong and vibrant copyright laws now more than ever to help protect the works of creators who inspire us.

So, as we look toward celebrating World IP Day on April 26, 2023, I’m really pleased that the World Intellectual Property Organization announced this year’s theme as Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity. This theme not only fosters the promotion of inclusion and diversity in all areas of copyright and for all types of creators; it also provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the many outstanding women creators, entrepreneurs, and others who have enriched our daily lives through their works and creative accomplishments.

By dedicating their intelligence, diligence, innovation, and creativity toward the creation of copyrighted works, women across the world are making the future better for all of us living in today’s global community. So, again, we proudly highlight the contributions of countless trailblazing women around the globe. And as we do so, we strive to raise awareness about the importance of women participating throughout the copyright ecosystem—both today and in the future. Lastly, I, along with the entire Copyright Alliance team, wish you all the best for a Happy World IP Day 2023, and a very successful year ahead! 

– Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance

World IP Day Video Messages from Elected Officials and Industry Leaders

This year, a number of elected officials and industry leaders will share video messages with creators in honor of World IP Day.

Senator Gary Peters
Senator Thom Tillis
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Ted Lieu
Rep. Ben Cline

Blogs and Podcasts

Don’t miss the World IP Day 2023 blogs and podcasts we will share below in honor of the protections of copyright and IP and highlighting the women who are integral to fostering global innovation and protections!

Previous World IP Day Celebrations

2022 World IP Day: The 2022 WIPD theme, as determined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was IP and Youth: Innovating for a Better Future. In honor of WIPD’s 2022 theme, the Copyright Alliance hosted a panel titled Copyright and Youth: Creating a Better Future, which you can watch below.