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World Intellectual Property Day is an annual, international festival of creativity and innovation that takes place on or around 26 April to celebrate the anniversary of the coming into force of the treaty that established the World Intellectual Property Organization ("WIPO"), the UN agency for intellectual property. Each year the celebrations focus on a different theme. This year's theme is "Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity."
The Menai Science Park ("M-SParc") at Gaerwen on Anglesey has celebrated every World IP Day since 2019 with a lunchtime seminar. These have been Wales's main contribution to the worldwide celebrations. They have raised awareness of the importance of intellectual property to the businesses and general public in Northwest Wales but also the rapidly growing importance of the region to the Welsh and wider UK economies.
Nothing underscores the region's importance more than the opening of Aria Film Studios near Llangefni which I shall discuss in a separate article shortly. Those studios have stimulated demand for creatives and technicians of all kinds prompting imaginative responses from local and national recruitment and training providers.
It is with those developments in mind that M-SParc has begun to plan this year's World IP Day celebrations. As in previous years, the project will be led by Emily Roberts with the assistance of Charlie Jones. The centrepiece will be a hybrid in-person and online seminar for which we hope to use the Haia platform. The main speakers will be women inventors and creatives from M-SParc's tenant companies plus at least one IP professional. As we have a little more time to plan this year we hope to encourage some of the organizations based at M-SParc and in the region to stage their own celebrations.
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