Every year on 26 April we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day and we are particularly excited about the theme for this year which is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.”

World Intellectual Property Day 2018

Today provides the perfect platform to highlight the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) and how it forms such an integral part of our innovation system and encourages creativity. According to the new statistics, women were listed in 31 percent of the 243,500 international patent applications published by WIPO in 2017, up from 23 percent almost a decade ago, however there is still some work to do. [i]

As a business founded by a female inventor, Rachel Jones, it is incredibly important to SnapDragon that we recognise and show support to innovative women in all industries.  That is why today we join many others across the world in celebrating the talents and accomplishments of women inventors and creators.

It was only last month that SnapDragon was recognised for encouraging women into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) when we won the AccelerateHER STEM Ambition Award. The awards, which were held on International Women’s Day (8th March), were organised by Investing Women and had over 190 entries across two categories, Ambition and Growth.

Investing Women, the AccelerateHER organisers, recognise that women are often under-represented in STEM industries and created this specific award category to acknowledge the success of women in STEM who are developing or running businesses in the sector. SnapDragon’s predominantly female team, represents 13 nationalities, speaking 19 languages.

Join us on highlighting how the IP system can support innovative and creative women (and indeed everyone) in their quest to bring their amazing ideas to market by sharing this blog.

Want to test your knowledge? Take the WIPO quiz and see how much you know about the creative and inventive women helping shape our world!

[i]http://www.ipprotheinternet.com/ipprotheinternetnews/industryarticle.php?article_id=5901