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News article3 July 2024European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency1 min read

WIPO’s New Youth Empowerment Strategy: IP-YES!


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) introduced its first Youth Empowerment Strategy, named IP-YES! This new policy framework aims to provide strategic alignment to WIPO's ongoing initiatives for engaging youth and to bridge the gap between intellectual property (IP) and younger generations. 

Amidst calls for greater youth inclusivity and representation in the global IP system, IP YES! arrives as a timely initiative aimed at inspiring, educating, and empowering the next generation of creators, innovators, IP experts, and entrepreneurs worldwide. 

The new policy framework seeks to cater to the unique aspirations and needs of youth in three key action areas:

  • Sparking passion: To amplify WIPO’s ability to bring IP closer to youth, as well as inspire and promote youth-led innovation and creativity.
  • Building skills: To equip youth with the right IP education, training, knowledge, and skills.
  • Empowering action: To create meaningful opportunities for youth to apply their acquired knowledge and succeed in their fields of interest.

Through these actions, IP-YES! aims to equip younger generations with essential IP insights, resources, and opportunities. This support is crucial in enabling them to realise their visions for the future and turn their innovative ideas into tangible outcomes.