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World Intellectual Property Day 2023

The World IP Day is celebrated each year on April 26th. This event coincides with the date on which the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) entered into force in 1970. World IP Day aims to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of economies and societies across the globe.

This year, the theme chosen by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) was "Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity". Indeed, women have been shaping the world with their ingenuity and creativity, for generations. They have been driving scientific breakthroughs, setting new creative trends, building businesses and transforming the world.

World Intellectual Property Day 2023 is an opportunity to celebrate all talented women around the world. In this context, the MRIC Technology Transfer Office sought through the organisation of this seminar, to act as a platform where women entrepreneurs would be able to share their experiences, the difficulties they faced and overcame during their entrepreneurial journey and the components of IP in their business.


  • Ms B Saïdoo, Chief Executive Officer, Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub.

  • Dr A Bhaw-Luximon, Professor Biomaterials Engineering and Nanomedicine Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Nanotechnology Unit, Center for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), University of Mauritius.

  • Mrs S Cheekhooree, Director, Impact-In-Sight, Mauritius.

  • Dr L S Jayashree, M.E, Ph.D, FIE, SMIEEE, Professor of Computer Science, Convener- Institution`s Innovation Cell, Coordinator – NSIP, Professor in-charge - DST Centre of Excellence for Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering Solutions (PSG CARES), PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • Ms A Bist, Head of Saukhyam Reusable Pads, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India.

  • Ms D Zografos Johnsson, Senior Legal Officer, Traditional Knowledge Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland.


One of the main objectives of this seminar was to highlight the role that Intellectual Property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity among women. This event was also used to showcase innovative technologies being developed by women-led entrepreneurships.

In this line, the MRIC also invited a few women entrepreneurs to participate in the workshop through the exhibition of their innovative products/ inventions.

Presentations and videos shown during the event can be accessed at .

Prepared by: Dr N Gopaul and Ms K Lakheearam 

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