World IP Day: Austin

World IP Day was established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2000 to "raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks, and designs impact on daily life" and "to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe."  World IP Day is observed annually on April 26; the date was chosen because it coincides with the date on which the convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization entered into force in 1970.  The theme of this year's World IP Day celebrations is: "Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity."

During a panel discussion, you will hear from Dr. Goodenough, ‘father of the lithium-ion battery,’ and Dr. Helena Braga, co-inventor of a new technology for fast-charging, noncombustible batteries that can solve many of the problems inherent in today’s batteries. They will share their insights on the importance and impact of their discoveries.

In addition, Regional Director Shimabuku will speak on the importance of mentorship for women in STEM fields, and will also unveil an Inventor Collectible Card featuring Dr. Goodenough in commemoration of his achievements in lithium-ion battery technologies that have impacted billions of people around the globe.

Learn more about World IP Day from the World Intellectual Property Organization official website.