TUT to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day

by Phaphama Tshisikhawe

17 April 2023

The World Intellectual Property (IP) Day is observed annually on 26 April. This year, the Tshwane University of Technology’s celebration will highlight the importance of IP rights in creating more competitive businesses, and building and growing stronger Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) under the theme: Women and IP: Accelerating innovation and creativity.

Established in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) member states, this day seeks to increase the general understanding of IP knowledge.

Through understanding the benefits of IP, SMEs can use patents to protect their innovative products or processes and give their business a competitive edge; trade secrets to preserve their competitive space; trademarks to guarantee their quality and help differentiate their products or services from those of their competitors; and industrial design rights to safeguard the aesthetic aspect of their products.

According to the organisers of World Intellectual Property Day, “Women bring new perspectives and talents to the table. But there is a problem”. Few women are participating in the IP system. That means few women are benefitting from IP and when women lose out, we all lose out.

At the event, more women will be encouraged to use the IP system to protect and add value to their work. That way, they can develop more and better technologies that work for everyone, establish more thriving woman-led businesses, support economic recovery and build back better.

The event details are as follows:
Date: 26 April 2023
Venue: Dinokeng Building, Prestige Auditorium
Time: 10:00 – 13:30
To RSVP, please contact SinthumuleLA@tut.ac.za or ModiseDT@tut.ac.za

Invitation: World Intellectual Property Day Celebration 2023.pdf


For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology, please contact Phaphama Tshisikhawe, Corporate Affairs and Marketing.
Tel: +27 12 382 4711  Email: tshisikhawerpt@tut.ac.za