Celebrating law and sports on World Intellectual Property Day 2019

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The World Intellectual Property Day is observed all over the world on April 26th. Creators and inventors such as artists, developers, content creators, musicians, actors and producers, among others connect with each other to talk about how intellectual property rights contribute to the world we live in.

The theme for this year is ‘Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.’ It is organised by Friends of the Creators Foundation (FCF), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), National Films and Videos Censors Board (NFVCB), as well as Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) and will be held at the National Stadium Conference Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

Mr. Amaka Beverley Agbakoba-Onyejianya who is well-known for being an accomplished sports lawyer, sports writer and founder of Little Tigers will be the guest speaker and will speak on ‘Intellectual Property Law and Sports Business in Nigeria.’

Speaking about WIPO Day Celebration in Nigeria, Agbakoba-Onyejianya said, “I am honoured to be presenting a paper on ‘Sports Business and IP Law’ in honour of World Intellectual Property Day. It is a great time to be in sports and so much is happening. I call on all sports fans, industry sports people to make this a special celebration of law and sports on World Intellectual Property Day.”

Intellectual property involves laws around trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Safeguarding one's intellectual property is a necessity in this ultra-competitive digital world irrespective if you are a multinational organisation or a start-up just getting off the ground.

Oman will participate in the World Intellectual Property Day with a number of events on April 28-30, 2019 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. It would be attended by all GCC countries and a number of government and private sector institutions and academies of the Sultanate. During these celebrations, presentations would be made by the concerning authorities of the intellectual property rights in the Sultanate. It is hoped that the importance of intellectual property rights and relations of sports with it would be highlighted. A Gulf Innovation Exhibition will be planned on the side lines of this activity.

In India, the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management (RGNIIPM) is holding an Intellectual Property (IP) Innovation Gallery at RGNIIPM Nagpur on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day. There will be a display of the best innovation models and other information related to intellectual property at the Innovation Gallery at RGNIIPM, Nagpur.

The Renuka Devi Mandir in Mahur is aiming for a global patent for its ‘tambul veeda’, an offering made with betel leaves and 13 ayurvedic ingredients to be offereed to the Goddess; first permits to be sought on World Intellectual Property Day 2019. Ganesh Hingmire, a researcher of patents and IP from Pune helped the temple trustees in the effort. “The first six months were spent understanding if patenting the prasad could be a possibility. Once it was known to fit the criteria for uniqueness and getting a patent looked achievable, the process began". An event is also to be organised at a Pune city college on the same day for law students, elaborating on the importance of IP.