World Intellectual Property Day and its importance for promoting sustainable and circular economies 2023-04-26

World Intellectual Property Day is observed on April 26th every year to raise awareness about the importance of intellectual property rights and to celebrate the creativity and innovation that they promote. This year's theme was "IP & SMEs: Taking your ideas to market".

World Intellectual Property Day is a crucial event for projects such as IPR4SC, which aims to address the lack of intellectual property informatics and management skills in the context of sustainability and circularity. The project recognizes that the ability to understand and manage intellectual property rights is essential for businesses to successfully engage in the new transitions towards more sustainable and circular economies, whilst achieving economic growth.

At its core, IPR4SC is all about increasing the innovation capacity of EU inventors and entrepreneurs by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to design and implement sustainable and circular economy businesses. This means boosting their IP for business skills, which are enriched with green, digital, and entrepreneurial skills.

The project will develop educational offerings that are specifically designed for different target groups, such as HE and VET organizations, and will make use of open resources to support the implementation of IP for business skills in practice. By doing so, IPR4SC aims to bridge the gap between the theoretical knowledge of intellectual property and its practical application in the business world.

IPR4SC recognizes that the ability to manage and protect intellectual property is a critical success factor for businesses, particularly in the digital age, where information can be easily shared and distributed. Protecting intellectual property is not just about safeguarding the financial interests of inventors and entrepreneurs but is also important for promoting innovation and driving economic growth.

On this World Intellectual Property Day, IPR4SC encourages everyone to recognize the value of intellectual property and its role in supporting sustainable and circular economies. We must continue to work together to ensure that businesses, inventors, and entrepreneurs have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the digital age, whilst promoting innovation and driving economic growth in a sustainable and circular way.


Tamara Besednjak Valič

Faculty Of Information Studies In Novo Mesto



Virág Szuák

Pannon Business Network Association