World Intellectual Property Day 2019
To celebrate World Intellectual Property Day 2019, WIPO has chosen to celebrate how IP rights support the development and enjoyment of sport.

World IP Day 2019
 

Every year on 26 April the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the role that intellectual property rights (in particular patents, trade marks, designs and copyright) play in incentivising innovation and creativity. 

This year's theme is "Reach for Gold: IP and Sports" and celebrates the positive role that intellectual property plays in building commercial relationships at various levels throughout the sporting industry. 

From a branding perspective, trade marks enable athletes and sporting organisations to leverage and monetise their brands through sponsorship agreements, merchandising and endorsement deals.

Additionally, intellectual property is pivotal in protecting and encouraging new technologies (e.g. IoT, wearable devices and big data). These sophisticated technologies transform the sporting experience for athletes and spectators alike enabling the analysis of previously unquantifiable aspects of athletic performances. 

William Fry boasts an award winning  Intellectual Property team of lawyers along with a dedicated  Sports Group with a wealth of experience. 

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Laura Scott Partner

Leo Moore Partner

Charleen O’Keeffe Senior Associate

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