World IP Day

Each year we join the global IP community to celebrate the influence of intellectual property as a driver of social, economic and cultural progress.

The Chair of IP Law marks World IP Day annually with a variety of public lectures, film screenings, consultation opportunities and other public and student/scholar engagements on the Stellenbosch campus. All of the events are open to the public and free of charge, subject to prior RSVP and by invitation.

About World IP Day

World IP Day is celebrated annually on 26 April to mark the date in 1970 when the WIPO Convention came into force. South Africa has been a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) since 1975.

The aim of World IP Day is to raise an awareness about the benefits of IP for human progress across all areas of intellectual endeavour. The theme of World IP Day is announced annually by WIPO to focus on a specific area or field of practice where IP continues to have a positive impact.

IP Day Events

In light of the theme of the day, the Chair of IP Law in co-operation with Innovus and other partners, host special events on or around 26 April each year to encourage a critical discussion about the role of IP in the South African and African context.

Details of the events are published here and on the IPStell blog. If you would like to receive an invitation to the World IP Day events by email, please contact us:


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Theme: Reach for gold: IP and sports

Events: Exhibition and presentations



Theme: Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity

Events: Public seminar & movie screening



Theme: Innovation – Improving lives

Event: IP Roundtable



Theme: Digital Creativity – culture reimagined

Event: Q&A Session on IP Rights



Theme: Get up, stand up. For Music

Events: Film screening and discussion forum



Theme: Movies – a global passion

Events: Film screening and panel session



Theme: Creativity – the next generation

Events: Movie screenings, exhibitions, IP advice