On World Intellectual Property Day (26 April 2024) and as part of our ‘IP & The SDGs’ programme launch, the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) is pleased to publish ‘The IPAN Guide to the SDGs’.


With forewords from John P Ogier, Chair of IPAN; Adam Williams, Chief Executive and Comptroller-General of UK Intellectual Property Office; and Neil Lampert, Deputy Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the Guide is an exploration of the 17 Global Goals through an IP lens featuring the expert perspectives and recommendations of IPAN partners, members, practitioners and policymakers, all addressing the following question:

‘How does IP intersect with each of the Global Goals, and how might IP be used to advance innovation and creativity towards realising the Goals?’

Throughout March and April 2024, the IPAN Board and Secretariat asked members, partners and IPAN allies to submit their contributions for a specific Goal. We were delighted to have received over 30 contributions from IP lawyers academics, entrepreneurs and students, which we have featured in this interim publication released for World Intellectual Property Day 2024. We will be leaving the submission point live until 01 November 2024, and the final and expanded Guide is set for release later in the year at the IPAN AGM in November, alongside a panel discussion and a reception event.

The Guide also informs IPAN’s events programme for 2024, in that the topics and themes explored here will be considered further at a virtual panel event which will be hosted by IPAN and our partners on Zoom in July 2024, and at a second panel event which will be held in London in September 2024. Through this Guide, IPAN aims to bring IP and the SDGs ever closer together and to ensure that developments in intellectual property in the future have sustainability at their core from the outset of policy or project planning, rather than as an afterthought. View and download the Guide here.


Happy World Intellectual Property Day 2024!