Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be the recipient of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Global Leaders Award in recognition of his contribution to intellectual property as an inventor and active proponent of intellectual property as a tool for development.
The WIPO Global Leaders Award, which comprises a citation and a medal honoring the recipient, recognizes leadership and personal engagement in promoting intellectual property at the national, regional and international levels. It also rewards exceptional personal creative and innovative activities and use of the intellectual property system to protect these works.
As an inventor and an artist, the king owns more than 20 patents and 19 trademarks. Many of his inventions have generated concrete benefits for Thai communities, having been put to practical use in a range of rural development projects in Thailand. He was granted his first patent in 1993 for a system to resolve water shortage problem in the dry season, making him the first member of the royal family to obtain a patent. The king is also a recognized and prolific artist, having created more than 1,000 works, including paintings, photos, musical and literary works such as songs and novels.