World countries are participating in the celebration of the World Intellectual Property Day, which occurs every year on April 26, which aims for spreading the awareness among society about intellectual property and the role that intellectual property rights play in encouraging creativity and promoting innovation that depends on it.The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) celebrates World Intellectual Property Day under the slogan “Your Ideas, Our Future” with the aim of motivating creators and emphasizing that the creations of young citizens contribute in building a better future by displaying achievements and inspiring stories in the fields of intellectual property of the youth group, and maximizing its impact in addition to many awareness events in various regions of the Kingdom.
The CEO of SAIP, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed AlSwailem confirmed that SAIP is pleased to provide services that aim to support innovators in intellectual property fields, and IP clinics is one of the services provided by SAIP to establish a continuous communication channel with innovators. From which, more than 1200 beneficiaries have benefited from the service, in addition to the programs provided by the Intellectual Property Academy which reached more than 8,500 beneficiaries so far.
Al-Swailem also stated that SAIP will contribute this year in spreading awareness among society members under the slogan “Your Ideas, Our Future”, in cooperation with both public and private sectors. The slogan is a message to the young citizens who are the future of our country through the vision of our leaders which contributes to supporting and encouraging the youth by launching initiatives and strategies leading to a brighter future with the ambition and creativity of the young citizens. He also mentioned that the National Network of Intellectual Property Support Centers (TISCs), which is one of the SAIP’s initiatives in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), targets entities working in the innovation system within the health, academic, governmental, non-profit and business sectors, in order to facilitate access of Innovators and inventors to technical information, related services and support of the generation, use and management of intellectual property assets, which have a membership of 43 entities from various sectors.
SAIP also announced the issuance of the Statistical Report on Intellectual Property Information, which displayed growth in the number of applications filed through the Authority during the year 2021, compared to the year before, where patent applications filed increased by 11% and trademark registration applications by 26%. In addition, industrial designs registration applications grew by 48%, and optional registration of copyright works grew by 57%. This year also witnessed the issuance of the first two documents in the history of the Kingdom to protect layout designs of integrated circuits.
The World Intellectual Property Organization and its member states participate in the celebration of this day by launching events and initiatives that highlight youth and their creativity in order to encourage their ideas and innovations. It is worth noting that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia joined as a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1982. SAIP also participates with its membership to keep up with the developments for various fields of intellectual property, which will have a positive impact on intellectual property activities in the Kingdom.