19 | 12 | 2019
BUDI DIV, the Intellectual Property Day for Children and Youth Held in Čakovec, 9 December 2019
The sixth event in a row titled Intellectual Property Day for Children and Youth was held in Čakovec at the Cultural Centre , on 9 December 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m, under the motto Be Creative, Be Innovative, Be a Giant/BUDI DIV.
Children and youngsters participated in an interactive education about intellectual property and its managing, which was conceived in cooperation between the State Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia (SIPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office o (EUIPO), sponsored by the National Coordination for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.
Over 1100 children and youngsters from primary and secondary schools from the City of Čakovec attended the event, accompanied by teachers and professors.
The cartoons on intellectual property titled “Mia and the Artians” were seen by approximately 400 first to fourth graders from primary schools, accompanied by their teachers. There were almost 100 schoolchildren from the 1st and 3rd Primary School who took part in interactive workshops held after the cartoons, expressing their creativity and innovativeness through games and practical work thus gaining more detailed knowledge of the topics like copyright, patents and trademarks.
Within the programme for senior primary school graders titled “I Have an Idea”, schoolchildren of the 5th, the 6th, the 7th and the 8th grade, were conducted through short movies, sketches and interesting facts from the domain of intellectual property by the programme author, Lara Antić Prskalo. In the workshops to follow, attended by 90 senior primary school graders from the 1st and 3rd Primary School, the SIPO employees used examples and samples of counterfeits seized by employees of the Customs of the Republic of Croatia to show the method of recognising counterfeits; also, the SIPO employees taught the schoolchildren about copyright basics via online quizzes and the manner of how to recognise forms of intellectual property – patents, trademarks and industrial design – in everyday life.
The programme intended for secondary school graders was attended by over 350 schoolchildren from the Čakovec Gramar School, the School of Economy and Commerce, the Čakovec Secondary School and the Technical School. After the film by Milan Majerović Stilinović about young creatives and innovators, schoolchildren participated in the public discussion with Veronika Rosandić, a YouTuber and influencer, Ljubo Zdjelarević, film producer and director and Hrvoje Prskalo, music producer, who shared their experience in creative work and in generating creative contents as well as their commercialisation. Over 50 secondary schoolchildren participated in the workshops intended for distinguishing and adequate applying of various intellectual property rights, taught by the SIPO employees via online quizzes; they also learned about copyright basics and challenges with using copyright works available on the Internet, and the SIPO employees used examples and samples of counterfeits seized by employees of the Customs of the Republic of Croatia to show the method of recognising counterfeits.
We hope to have succeeded in encouraging creative and innovative spirit with schoolchildren, to have explained the role and the potentials of intellectual property protection and the importance of respecting other people’s rights to them.
We express our sincere thanks to the Međimurje County and the City of Čakovec for their support in conducting the manifestation, in letting us use the premises of the Čakovec Cultural Centre for this event and in assisting us with organising visits by primary and secondary schoolchildren from Čakovec.
We express our sincere thanks to school masters as well, and to teachers and professors of the City of Čakovec who recognised this project and enabled their schoolchildren to take part in it; we hope for further cooperation in implementing forthcoming manifestations within the Intellectual Property Day for Children and Youth planned to be conducted further on.