Message from Director General Francis Gurry
This yr our World Intellectual Home Working day concept is “Powering alter: Females in innovation and creativity.”
This is an extremely essential concern. That is why nowadays we are celebrating the skills and achievements of gals inventors and creators all around the globe.
But we have do the job to do. Available statistics indicate that the level of participation by gals in innovation and creativity is beneath par. This is unfair to gals and a loss for our earth, which needs a whole group working on our most-urgent common worries.
In the situation of innovation, if we consider the use of WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) as an illustration, in 1995, only 17 % of worldwide patent apps submitted underneath that technique included a woman between the inventors stated.
The very good news is that this quantity is rising and now virtually one particular-3rd of all worldwide patent apps comprise at least one particular woman inventor. But that determine is still well beneath the parity we all search for.
Intellectual residence exists to stimulate innovation and creativity, which encourage advancements in our top quality of lifestyle, spur financial progress and tackle the radical worries we confront these as local weather alter, thoroughly clean vitality, food items security and wellness.
To tackle these worries, we will need the gain of all of humanity’s methods. A deficit in the participation of gals signifies that the existing concentrations of innovation and creativity are suboptimal, and we are merely not reaping the whole gains that movement from innovation and creativity. At existing, humanity is not knowing its whole modern and resourceful potential.
That is why on the occasion of World Intellectual Home Working day, I get in touch with on every person, everywhere you go, to ensure that we every do everything in our power to increase the whole participation of gals in innovation and creativity.
This will direct to much higher prospect and fairness for gals and enormous gains for the earth.
I want you all a incredibly joyful, fruitful and modern World Intellectual Home Working day.