In the wake of Earth Day, celebrated on April 23rd, and as we approached World Intellectual Property Day on April 26th 2024, it was crucial to recognise the intrinsic link between sustainability, innovation, and intellectual property (IP) rights. This year's World IP Day theme underscores the vital role that IP rights play in advancing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emphasising their pivotal significance in shaping our collective future.

Bamboo: a sustainable solution 

Amidst the quest for sustainability, the emergence of innovative solutions like the Bamboo Chair stands out. Crafted by visionary individuals, this chair embodies the fusion of sustainability and design excellence. By harnessing the potential of bamboo, these creators not only revitalised a fading craft but also empowered local artisans.

Using a native variety of bamboo ensured affordability without compromising on quality, aligning with the ethos of sustainability. Moreover, obtaining a patent for the Bamboo Chair not only protects intellectual property but also stimulates dialogue on the untapped potential of bamboo as a sustainable resource.

Innovations driving sustainability

Beyond bamboo, numerous inventions exemplify the intersection of innovation and sustainability. For instance, the adoption of Brushless DC motors in various sectors offers heightened efficiency, longevity, and reduced energy consumption.

Such advancements pave the way for sustainable solutions in robotics, drones, and electric vehicles, catalysing a paradigm shift towards eco-friendly technologies.

The role of intellectual property

As nations like India champion initiatives like "Make in India", the significance of intellectual property rights cannot be overstated. These rights not only incentivise creators and inventors but also foster a culture of innovation across diverse fields, from electronics to software. By safeguarding intellectual property, we nurture an environment conducive to sustainable development and economic growth.


In a world grappling with environmental challenges, fostering innovation and protecting intellectual property are imperative for steering towards a sustainable future. From the Bamboo Chair to innovations like the Balanced Mouse, creativity knows no bounds in addressing contemporary issues. As we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to harnessing innovation, creativity, and intellectual property protection in pursuit of a more sustainable and prosperous world.

FICPI's view and involvement

FICPI uniquely combines education and advocacy on topics around patents and trade marks, with a focus on developing the professional excellence of its individual members. FICPI Forums, Congress, committees and meetings are opportunities to gather insights from the international IP attorney community on any issue, whether it be practice-related or topics of patent and trade mark law.

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