Did you know that 26th April is World Intellectual Property Day?

World Intellectual Property Day - Open Appointments

The theme of World IP Day 2011 is “Designing the Future”.

To celebrate, Franks & Co is holding an Open Day on Tuesday, 26th April 2011 between 10am and 5pm.

Our European Patent, Trade Mark & Design Attorneys will be available to answer your queries regarding how to protect intellectual property (IP), such as inventions, brands or designs, and how to commercially utilise intellectual property rights (IPRs). 

Drop-in on the day for a free and confidential one-to-one consultation, or contact us in advance to arrange a suitable time to meet at either of our offices:


0114 249 9888




01604 632 436


World IP Day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The aims of World IP Day are:

  • to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life
  • to increase understanding of how protecting IP rights helps promote creativity and innovation;
  • to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe; and
  • to encourage respect for the IP rights of others.

Please feel free to tell others of this invitation to learn more about intellectual property!

Message from Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO

“Design touches every aspect of human creativity. It shapes the things we appreciate from traditional crafts to consumer electronics; from buildings and bicycles to fashion and furniture. Design has been called “intelligence made visible”.

Design is where form meets function. It determines the look and feel of the products we use each day – from everyday household items to the latest tablet computers. Design marries the practical with the pleasing. It brings style to innovation.

This year’s World Intellectual Property Day celebrates the role of design in the market-place, in society and in shaping the innovations of the future.

Originally referred to as “art in industry”, industrial design provides the means to differentiate between mass-produced objects, drawing us to one product rather than another, making one brand more successful than another. Behind every new design is a desire to break new ground, to improve and to enhance consumer experience. Good design makes products easier, more comfortable and safer to use.

With today’s increasing emphasis on ecologically sound living, “designing out waste” is now an aspiration shared by many creators. Sustainable design processes can help lower production costs and reduce environmental impact. The designs of the future will necessarily be green, and the intellectual property system will encourage designers to produce them, by helping to protect original designs against unauthorized copying and imitation.

In international markets, companies need to be able to protect their designs quickly and cost-effectively in several countries. WIPO’s Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs - which simplifies that process - saw a 30 percent increase in international applications last year.

On World Intellectual Property Day 2011 WIPO joins governments, organizations, schools and enterprises around the world in celebrating the designers today, who are designing the future.”


Article Published April 19th, 2011