Message from Francis Gurry Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

On April 26, 2010, WIPO celebrates both the 10th anniversary of World Intellectual Property Day and the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention establishing WIPO (the WIPO Convention). The theme of World IP Day in this celebratory year is “Innovation – Linking the World”. Relatively few decades ago, the world remained vast and largely unknown for most people. Travel was costly and long. Knowledge was paper-based…