World Intellectual Property Day is observed on 26 April every year with a variety of events and activities worldwide. It aims to increase awareness and understanding of Intellectual Property (IP) as well as promote innovation and creativity. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has been celebrating this day with active participation from the Government of India since 2009
On this day, CII in partnership with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and Intellectual Property Office, India (IPO) has been organizing a joint annual event where National IP Awards are conferred for best portfolios of patents, trademarks and designs on industry, academic / research institutions and individuals. Awards are also given to facilitators for filing of GI applications and for patent filings. Award ceremonies have carried with them thought provoking symposiums / conferences on burning IPR issues.
This year CII is planning to organize the 12th National IP Award ceremony and one day exhibition-cum-convention on 26 April. The theme of the convention was decided to be "Economic and Social Development through Progressive IP System.