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April 28, 2022

World Intellectual Property Day 2022: Innovators from Syria, Ghana, and China Top Youth Video Contest

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Photos: Delegates from Finland and Kazakhastan at the Forty-Fifth Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 28 to March 30, 2022. Images provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photos: Emmanuel Berrod.

Geneva, April 28, 2022 — Competitors from Syria, Ghana, and China won the top three spots in the youth video competition for this year’s World Intellectual Property Day, which carries the theme “IP and Youth Innovating for a Better Future.”

Hekma Jabouli from Syria won the first prize with her short film showing a homemade smart device designed to help her sister regain mobility after a shrapnel injury to her spinal cord.

In an online vote, Ms. Jabouli’s video was selected best submission among an original pool of nearly 150 entries from dozens of countries.

John Wobil from Ghana took second place for his video about a new rice thresher. At the same time, digital designers Li Binglu and Cai Quinge, Chinese nationals living in Japan, came third with their story about creating new pictograms or emojis to forge connections among remote workers.

WIPO Director General Daren Tang said that younger people are already working on solutions to shared issues, supported by intellectual property (IP) rights like trademarks, patents, designs, Copyright, and others that help people earn a living from their work.

“When humanity needs to come together to address a range of urgent challenges - from overcoming the pandemic to combatting climate change - we must help our youths realize their innovation potential,” Mr. Tang added.

This year, on World Intellectual Property Day, WIPO is celebrating the vision and dynamism of young innovators and creators everywhere.

“WIPO is working to build a more inclusive IP ecosystem by expanding access to IP for groups who have been historically under-represented, including women, smaller enterprises, and younger people, so we selected this year’s theme. A better future begins with young people, and WIPO intends to ensure that IP is there to help them grow,” the organization stated.

The three winning videos were screened at an event at WIPO headquarters on April 26, commemorating World IP Day. The event, entitled “Innovating for Better Health: Supporting Young Innovators through IP,” brought together young innovators from different regions and explored the challenges they face and how innovation ecosystems need to evolve to enable them to thrive.

In 2000, WIPO’s member states designated April 26 - the day the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 - as World Intellectual Property Day to increase general understanding of intellectual property (IP). Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 193 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Source: WIPO


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