Celebrate World IP Day/Week 2021

On April 26, 2021, the Copyright Alliance will once again celebrate World IP Day (WIPD). WIPD is recognized on the same day in April of each year to remind everyone of the critical role that intellectual property plays in encouraging creativity and innovation. And from April 26-30, the Copyright Alliance will celebrate 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 to flourish and enables the innovation that drives human progress.

The 2021 WIPD theme, as determined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is IP & SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market. According to WIPO, Every business starts with an idea. Each of the millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that operate across the globe every day started with an idea that took shape in someone’s mind and made its way to market.” This year, WIPD will be celebrated virtually due to COVID-19 continuing to impact the world, and we, along with our members and partners, will be hosting online events and celebrations to ensure that everyone remains safe and well. But celebrating digitally won’t dampen the fun, creativity, inspiration and importance of World IP Day. Check out the content below that helps us remember how essential—perhaps now more than ever before–that IP protections are to inspiring creativity and innovation!

World Intellectual Property Organization’s Annual World IP Day

Video Created by: WIPO


In honor of WIPD 2021, Copyright Alliance CEO Keith Kupferschmid shared 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 their continued importance today.

It’s a well-known principle that copyright and intellectual property protections benefit society by incentivizing creativity and innovation. And at a time when the U.S. economy and economies around the globe are experiencing unprecedented hardships, including recovering from the perils of a global pandemic, we need strong and vibrant copyright law now more than ever. In the spirit of celebrating World IP Day 2021, I’m pleased that our 2021 panel events will highlight numerous creators who were able to continue developing their arts and their businesses during 2020 despite unprecedented hurdles. We will also highlight Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Groups (VLAs) around the country, organizations that work as strong advocates for creators and copyright protections day in and day out. I, along with the entire Copyright Alliance team, wish you all the best for a Happy World IP Day, and a very successful year ahead! – Keith Kupferschmid, CEO, Copyright Alliance

World IP Day Video Messages from Elected Officials

Check out the new videos below from elected officials who are happy to share their thoughts on the importance of recognizing and celebrating the impact that intellectual property has on supporting creators and the creator community.

  • Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)
  • Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) 
  • Congressman Ben Cline (R-VA)
  • Congressman Darell Issa (R-CA)

Senator Peters 2021 World IP Day


Senator Tillis 2021 World IP Day


Congressman Cline 2021 World IP Day


Congressman Issa 2021 World IP Day


World IP Day Blogs

Please stay tuned for more World IP Day blogs, coming soon!

Creative Enterprises: Small Business, BIG Impact; April 27 at 1 p.m. ET: In keeping with this year’s World IP Day theme, IP & SMEs: Taking Your Ideas to Market, the Copyright Alliance is pleased to host a panel discussion featuring a variety of creators and advocates on what it takes to grow and monetize a creative business, the challenges faced running a business during the pandemic, how intellectual property helps to fuel the creative and business processes, and much more! Panel participants include: Janet Hicks, VP, Director of Licensing, Artists Rights Society; Ryan Edwards, Creator and Owner, MASARY Studios; Kick Lee, Founder and Director, Cincinnati Music Accelerator; Rachel Lackey, Creator and Owner, Green Pea Press; Danielle Van Lier, Assistant General Counsel, SAG-AFTRA (moderator). Follow our Facebook page for updates on the panel, as well as to attend the event at 1 p.m. on April 27.

Small Enterprises Making a BIG Difference: Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts; April 28 at 1 p.m. ETThe Copyright Alliance is pleased to host a second panel discussion featuring representatives from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) groups across the country, including The Ella Project: New Orleans, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts: St. LouisVolunteer Lawyers for the Arts New YorkGreater Pittsburgh Arts CouncilPhiladelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the ArtsCalifornia Lawyers for the ArtsArts and Business Council NashvilleArts and Business Council BostonSpringboard for the Arts Minnesota, Colorado Attorneys for the Arts,  Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, and Lawyers for the Creative Arts Chicago. The panel will focus on how VLA groups support creators and their businesses by providing copyright information to help ensure their rights and fuel their growth. Follow our Facebook page for updates on the panel, as well as to attend the event at 1 p.m. on April 28.

WIPO World IP Day 2021 Calendar of Events

Be sure to check out the World Intellectual Property Organization’s 2021 Event Calendar for more WIPD celebrations during the month of April! And check below for a wealth of online events, forums, panels and more:

APRIL 13

GIPC and IP Watchdog Host An Innovation Ecosystem Event: A Creative Community

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Summary: GIPC and IP Watchdog will host a discussion on “the ecosystem for creativity that enables investment in the skills development, human capital and technology base leading to world-class creative products and job opportunities for millions of Americans.” The discussion will “describe the functioning of this creative ecosystem from early stage artistic development through financing, product development and market factors. Special attention will be given to the role of intellectual property rights in attracting resources to, and circulating resources within, this ecosystem.” For more information and to register, please click here.

APRIL 20

GIPC and IP Watchdog Host An Innovation Ecosystem Event: A Healthy Ecosystem

Time: 3 p.m. ET

Summary: GIPC and IP Watchdog will host a discussion “on the partnership between different actors in the innovation ecosystem that have enabled our response to the global pandemic.” The discussion will also “describe the functioning of the biotechnology research and development ecosystem from early stage research through product development and clinical trials, as well as the diverse stakeholders involved and the relationships among them.” For more information and to register, please click here.

APRIL 26

USCO Hosts The Creative Business: Celebrating World IP Day and Taking Your Ideas to Market

Time: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET

Summary: In celebration of World IP Day 2021, the U.S. Copyright Office will host a discussion on “the importance of small and medium businesses in copyright, the economy, and our culture,” with panelists providing “insights into how to navigate copyright issues that are unique to small and medium businesses.” Featured speakers include Hakim Draper (The Boogie Shack); Sunil Iyengar (National Endowment for the Arts); and Laura Zabel (Springboard for the Arts). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will also provide an overview of patent and trademark resources for small and medium businesses. For more information and to register, please click here.

USPTO and Partners Celebrate World IP Day

Time: 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET

Summary: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will join with its partner organizations in celebrating World IP Day 2021 by hosting a special 90-minute event. Organizations participating in the USPTO event include the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the International Trademark Association, the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC). To register for the event, click here.

IPO Foundation’s Behind the IDEA Webinar: World IP Day

Time: 5 p.m. ET

Summary: The IPO Education Foundation will host a webinar “featuring three different approaches to bringing ideas to market: an inventor who licenses their invention, a company that seeks to license ideas, and an inventor who builds a business around their idea.” For more information or to register, please click here.

Sigma Delta Tau and Gamma Xi Phi Present Protecting My Brand: A Discussion for Emerging Artists and Creators

Time: 6 p.m. ET

Summary: Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity, Inc., and Gamma Xi Phi, the fraternity for artists, will present Protecting My Brand: A Discussion for Emerging Artists and Creators. Gamma Xi Phi member Shaina Jones Magrone of Artisan Law, P.C., will moderate a discussion “that will benefit artists and all those working in artistic professions who are interested in how they may best protect and preserve their intellectual property.” Panelists include Joseph Drayon, Esq., Cooley LLP; Bradley Thomas, Esq., Law Offices of Bradley Ashton Thomas; Jesse Fenty, Esq., Kramer Amado; and William Jolley, Esq., an Entertainment Attorney and Strategic Connector. For more information or to register, please click here.

APRIL 28

GIPC and IP Watchdog Host An Innovation Ecosystem Event: Keynote Session—The Common Thread

Time: 3 p.m. ET

Summary: GIPC and IP Watchdog will host their final Innovation Ecosystem event during the month of April by featuring a keynote discussion to “bring together the themes of the previous sessions and focus on the threads that weave the ecosystems of craftsmanship, creativity, and innovation into the societal and economic fabric that enables us to allocate resources, facilitate collaboration, and bring ideas to the realm of possibilities.” For more information and to register, please click here.

APRIL 29

Overview of WIPO and its Activities – with a focus on IP and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Time: 8 a.m. ET

Summary: As part of its regular briefing activities, WIPO is “featuring a one-hour overview of how IP and business, in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are supported within WIPO.” For more information or to register, please click here.