Celebrating world intellectual property day

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The Business Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) will celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) day at the coast.
Michelline Nawatises
The Business Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) will celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) day by hosting an informative event on 29 April at its Walvis Bay office from 10:00.

This event is aimed at creating awareness and informing the youth about the real meaning and purpose of Intellectual Property. More than 100 youth are anticipated to attend the event.

Shariva Zender, Marketing and Corporate Communications Specialist said that with such events the youth can be informed on how they can protect their creations. “This is for them to protect the work they do and be able to commercialise their IP and make a living out of it.”

She added that there are a lot of creative entrepreneurs, artists and musicians who produce their creations but are not aware that their products are intellectual property and can be protected.

BIPA celebrated World IP day last year ago in Windhoek and a different region is chosen for the occasion annually. “The outcome of this was that more people became aware of IP and BIPA’s mandate to protect intellectual property and what knew more about what they can do to protect themselves and their work.”

Intellectual Property refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP rights are enforceable rights over the creations of the mind. They are time- or use-bound; and exclusive rights that enable the owner to exclude others from engaging in a variety of acts related to the subject matter (subject to exceptions and limitations as defined in national law, and allowed by international treaties).