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World Intellectual Property Day 2019 “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports”




April 25, 2019

World Intellectual Property Day 2019 explores how innovation, creativity and the intellectual property (IP) rights that encourage and protect them support the development and worldwide enjoyment of sports.

Since its inception in 2000, every year on April 26, World IP Day highlights, through the lens of a specific theme, how IP rights encourage innovation and creativity. This year’s theme is “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.” More than 400 grassroots-organized celebrations are planned worldwide for World IP Day 2019, with other events expected in the coming days.

“This year’s World Intellectual Property Day campaign celebrates the positive role that intellectual property plays in encouraging sports, a wonderful range of pursuits in which human beings have always engaged and which enrich our lives in so many different ways,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry in his World IP Day 2019 message.

“Intellectual property rights underlie and empower the financial model of all sporting events worldwide. IP rights are at the heart of the global sports ecosystem and all the commercial relationships that make sports happen and that allow us to tune in to sporting action whenever, wherever, and however we want,” he said.

Previously, fans purchased a ticket to witness an event, in a stadium. Now, broadcasters make it possible for a global fan base to tune into and connect with a sporting event, itself transformed by technological advancements, Mr. Gurry said.

While technology has always played a role in the sports landscape, recent advancements are fueling sports evolution like never before. For instance, widely used wearable tech – smart sports equipment embedded with sensors – enables athletes to avoid injury and better monitor and improve their performance.

And in the sports stadium, huge investments in innovative technologies ensure fans have access to a rich blend of physical and digital experiences that connect them more closely with the on-field action.

Cutting-edge technologies, from sophisticated sports prostheses to satellite navigation systems that guide blind athletes, are also enabling athletes living with disabilities to achieve record-breaking performances.

“All this is possible because of technological innovations, which are empowered and encouraged by intellectual property,” said Mr. Gurry.

Strategic use of trademarks can generate significant revenue streams.

“Trademarks, which underpin sports branding, are an exceptionally important intellectual property right for teams and athletes to differentiate themselves and stand apart in a highly competitive market. Trademark rights are critical in allowing individual players and teams to gain a monetary reward from, for example, merchandising … and sponsorship deals,” the Director General said.

In addition, design contributes to the distinct identity of a product – competitors’ sports gear, for example – rendering it more appealing to consumers, adding commercial value.

“Design … enables teams, organizers of sporting competitions and sports brands to develop and promote their unique and distinct identity and for fans to distinguish between them,” Mr. Gurry said.

More information on how the entire range of IP rights– patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright and others – support sports development is available in “Intellectual Property and Sports: Tracing the Connections.”

Innovation in the sports industry

In a snapshot view of global patenting activity over the past five years in the sports industry, new figures revealed for World Intellectual Property Day 2019 show that U.S. sports giant Nike is the top filer of sports-related international patent applications through WIPO.

In total, 2,078 sports-related applications[] under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) were published by WIPO in 2018, a 9% increase on figures for 2017 (1,900 PCT applications) and a 41% increase on figures for 2014 (1,470 PCT applications).

Top PCT sport-related applicants (2014-2018)

Applicant Sport-related PCT applications (published 2014-2018)
NIKE 239

WIPO’s PATENTSCOPE database provides access to international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications, as well as to patent documents of participating national and regional patent offices. It is a valuable tool in searching for published patent applications around the world.

About World IP Day

WIPO’s member states initiated World Intellectual Property Day in 2000 to raise public awareness about the role of IP in daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe. World IP Day is celebrated annually on April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO entered into force in 1970.

About WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 192 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it provides free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

For further information, please contact the Media Relations Section at WIPO:

  • Tel: (+41 22) 338 81 61 / 338 72 24
  • Fax: (+41 22) 338 81 40
  • E-mail

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Two MWAG executives resign | NOW Grenada




by Linda Straker

  • Two of the six-member MWAG executive resigned with immediate effect
  • Reasons for resignations have not been openly shared
  • Increased number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job recently

Two executive members of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) who were elected at the Annual General Meeting held in December 2018, have resigned from their post with immediate effect as of Friday, 17 January 2020.

Tonnia St Louis-Lawrence is an employee of Meaningful Television (MTV), while Joseph is an employee of the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN).

According to MWAG’s constitution, the AGM shall be held on before 30 November each year, but it was unable to be held in November 2017 and thus the executive was elected in December 2018.

Shere-Ann Noel who is currently a senior employee of the Government Information Service (GIS) was elected by the members to serve as President at that AGM, and she has confirmed receiving the resignations on Friday.

The other executive members are Rickisha St Louis and Delroy Louison who are also employed with the government, and Asher Andall who is an independent media worker.

Both Lawrence and Joseph have not openly shared the reason for the resignation, but have given the assurance that they will continue to be members of the Association. According to its constitution, the Association “is dedicated to the best interest of the media in Grenada, particularly for the furtherance of the education and professional status of its members.”

The constitution provides guidance on the process to fill the vacancies. “In the event of a vacancy occurring on the Executive by the death, incapacity or resignation of an officer, a successor may be appointed by the Executive Committee to complete the remainder of the term.”

President Noel said that an emergency meeting will be called to formally inform the membership of the resignations and for the Association to decide the way forward.

It is not certain if the action of the two is linked to the growing number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job in recent months and the executive decision to not publicly condemn all reported acts. It is understood that some members of the Executive have been demanding that there be open condemnation and concern about the assaults, but at least on one occasion, there was no public action.

The latest was an online journalist being barred from recording a public meeting for news purposes in the village of Mt Moritz. Residents of the area were meeting with Acting Commissioner of Police and other government officials, but some in attendance said they were uncomfortable having the media present.

After the journalist left, the Government Information Service arrived at the venue and was allowed to record, and an edited version of the recording was later disseminated to media houses who requested a copy of the meeting. Traditionally, the GIS makes available unedited footage of government events.

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ECCB Vacancy: Banking Officer II






Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit (PSDOU)

Banking and Monetary Operations Department (BMOD)

Suitably qualified citizens of member territories of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are invited to apply to fill the position of Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit, within the Banking & Monetary Operations Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, headquartered in Basseterre, in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The successful candidate will be based in St Kitts and hired initially on a two (2) year contractual engagement with the opportunity to transfer to the permanent establishment based on performance. All applicants must complete the ECCB Employment application form, which is available on the ECCB’s Website (


  • A first degree in banking, accounting, finance and or a business-related discipline;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in either banking, accounting or finance;
  • The ability to cope well in and adapt to a fast-paced dynamic environment;
  • Strong problem solving and analytical thinking skills;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and function independently;
  • Leadership qualities and excellent interpersonal and networking skills;
  • The ability to manage human resource;
  • Strong self-management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Strong administrative and organisational


The successful candidate will be directly responsible to the Head of the Unit and Department, for the proper performance of his/her duties, which will include:

  1. Assist in the development of the ECCU Payment System by undertaking relevant research on issues and monitoring events relating to payment systems:
    • Review, research, interpret and evaluate data from questionnaires, templates and other payment system related documents to ensure its accuracy and make appropriate recommendations.
    • Design survey forms/templates intended to capture pertinent payment system data.
    • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to identify emerging payment system trends, risks, and report accordingly.
    • Actively research payment system developments in the global community and particularly in the ECCU region.
    • Ascertain trends and developments through the collection of data and information and prepare periodic reports to inform policy decisions.
    • Engage in constant dialogue with internal and external stakeholders and partners in the payment systems environment.
  1. Propose arrangements for the onboarding of qualified institutions on the Eastern Caribbean Automated Clearing House (ECACH).
  2. Work in close collaboration with the Management Information Systems Department (MISD) to develop and translate a business case solution into systems requirements for the project on onboarding of the qualified institutions.
  3. Review payment infrastructures example Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and Automated Clearing House (ACH) and inform on developments taking place that can increase the efficiency of the payment system.
  4. Develop rules and procedures for RTGS that are consistent with the legislation, Principles Financial Market Infrastructure standards and in accordance with developments taking place in the payment system environment.
  5. Perform as alternate to the substantive Payment System Oversight officer in instances where the officer is unable to undertake the required responsibilities, in an effort to maintain continuity.
  6. Liaise with Eastern Caribbean Payment Council (ECPC) Working Groups to provide the assistance required in the facilitation of meetings.
    • Actively follow-up on ECPC matters with Council Members and members of the Working Groups as required.
    • Undertake research and make presentations at the request of the ECPC.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications MUST be submitted online ONLY via the ECCB’s Website ( along with certified copies of certificates.

Deadline for submission of application is 31 January 2020.


  1. Applicants may enquire of the Human Resource Department to ascertain receipt of applications;
  2. Only candidates shortlisted for the selection process will be contacted;
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit additional documents and undertake various assessments.

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