President Obama followed a tradition established by President Eisenhower by proclaiming May 1, 2011: Law Day. In 1961, Congress officially designated May 1 as Law Day. Each year, the American Bar Association selects a theme for the Law Day celebration. This year’s theme was The Legacy of John Adams: from Boston to Guantanamo.
For more information about Law Day, please see the Law Library of Congress Law Day page.
Since 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has designated April 26 as “World Intellectual Property Day.” The WIPO is an agency of the United Nations focused on “developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system.” It administers a number of international treaties focused on copyright and related rights. World Intellectual Property Day was established to increase public awareness and understanding of the significant role of IP in fostering “music, arts and entertainments” and “all the products and technological innovations that help to shape our world.”
Resources on the WIPO website include an overview (including links to PDFs) of United States IP-related statutes and regulations, and WIPO-administered treaty membership. Please consult the law library’s Intellectual Property Research Guide to locate additional useful resources related to copyright, trademark, and patent law.