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His Majesty’s wisdom has earned respect and admiration not only far and wide. Earlier this year, His Majesty received the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Global Leader Award in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to promoting intellectual property and his important contribution to society as a prolific inventor.

Presenting the award at a ceremony at the Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin, Thailand, in January, WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry, in his citation, said: “In sharing the fruits of your creativity in the form of invention and musical and artistic works, Your Majesty has not only demonstrated the power of intellectual property to enrich and enhance the quality of daily life and work but has also encouraged people everywhere to create, respect and protect it.”

The WIPO Global Leaders Award, which comprises a citation and a medal honoring the recipient, recognises 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.

His Majesty is an acclaimed artist with a portfolio of over 1,000 works, including paintings, photos, musical and literary works. He is also an accomplished inventor holding over 20 patents and 19 trademarks. Many of the king’s inventions, which include a water aerator and artificial rainmaking technology, have generated concrete and practical benefits for rural communities in Thailand. 

23 March 1991: His Majesty The King conversing with an official from the Royal Irrigation Department during a visit to Huai Prachum Reservior Project, under the Royal initiation of His Majesty, at Pa Lao Village, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Province. 23 January 1981: His Majesty, in the company of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, inspecting apple-tree stocks which had been grafted at the Pang Da Highland Agricultural Centre, Samoeng District, Chiang Mai Province. 3 August 1981: His Majesty giving advices
concerning land use development to officials
of the Agricultural Extension Department and
the Royal Irrigation Department during a visit
to the Khao Hinson Development Centre which
was established at His Majesty’ s instigation,
Phanom Sarakham District, Chachoengsao


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