World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26 April.

World IP Day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 2000 to 'raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life' and 'to celebrate creativity and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe'. 26 April was chosen as the date for World IP Day because the Convention establishing WIPO came into force on that date in 1970.

Each year a message or theme is associated with World IP Day. This year's theme is 'Creativity - The Next Generation'.

WIPO plays a key role in organising World IP Day by working with government agencies, non government organisations and community groups to help promote it by holding a series of events each year.

Events to promote World IP Day include free seminars in universities and other institutions, exhibits, essay competitions and sometimes open days given by IP offices in the various countries.

For an official list of World IP Day 2013 events from around the world see the WIPO website

World IP Day Australia is being observed this year in Melbourne on Friday 26 April 2013 from 8.30am to 12.30pm at the Novotel Melbourne on Collins with a series of free seminars.

For further details and online registration see the Australian website