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2020 World Intellectual Property Day marked

Celebration of the World Intellectual Property Day 2020 has put the focus on the need for environmental sustainability in Samoa and around the world.

The day is marked globally on April 26 with Samoa’s Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) posting a statement on its Facebook page two days earlier to give the public the heads up of the day’s significance.

According to the M.C.I.L. statement, intellectual property highlights the need for the acknowledgement that the choices that are being made today will impact the future well being of humanity.

“World Intellectual Property Day 2020 puts green innovations and the intellectual property rights that support it at the heart of efforts to create a green future. Why? Because the choices we make today will shape our tomorrow. The earth is our home and we need to care for it,” states the Ministry statement.

The M.C.I.L. said its local partners include the National University of Samoa, the Ministry of Educations, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.), the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) and members of the private sector.

“We need to make environment sustainability a priority; it is the bedrock of our future well-being. We need to invest in national innovation ecosystems and enable broad access to effective national IP systems that support the development and deployment of the technologies, products and services we need for the transition to a brighter, greener, low-carbon future”.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (W.I.P.O.) Director General, Francis Gurry, the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to disrupt billions of lives, but there are also feel good stories of people also recovering from the virus.

“In recent months, the lives of billions of people around the globe have been radically disrupted. Yet we can draw inspiration from the unyielding human drive to overcome adversity and to find innovative solutions to complex global challenges,” he said.

“Every day, we see the emergence of encouraging initiatives as governments, industry and academia come together to support efforts to innovate our way out of the current crisis.

Our response to the current crisis demonstrates that we have the collective wisdom, the ingenuity and the creativity to rise to these challenges and to shape a future that is safe, sustainable and green.”

According to the M.C.I.L., the World Intellectual Property Day is a day of celebration as well as the promotion of a green future.

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