International Federation of Inventors' Associations

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International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA)
Fédération internationale des associations d’inventeurs
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Formation(July 11, 1968; 52 years ago (1968-07-11))
Founded atLondon, United Kingdom
TypeInternational non-governmental organization Nonprofit organization
Region served
More Than 175 members from 80 Countries[2] and Territories[3]
Official languages
Alireza Rastegar
Key people
Farag Moussa (Honorary President)
Harald Romanus
Leif Nordstrand (founders)

The International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA) is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in London, on July 11, 1968, by inventor's associations of Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.[5]

IFIA history[edit]

IFIA first meeting in 1968

IFIA was established in 1968[6] in London by the cooperation of the representatives of seven European countries namely Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.[7] The IFIA is registered as one of the partners of International Geneva United Nation Office in Geneva (UNOG).[8] The IFIA logo registered in Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. The organization has member organizations in more than 100 countries,[2] and around 175 member organizations in total.[6] The IFIA has a General Assembly, that includes an Executive Committee and elects the IFIA President.[9] In 2018 the IFIA founded the Silicon Valley International Invention Festival.[10]

IFIA affiliations[edit]

IFIA has observer status (Special Category – Technology) at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development;[11] observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);[12] has United Nations Industrial Development Organization's (UNIDO) consultative status;[13] is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO);[14] and is included among the Assembly of Professional Society in European Alliance for Innovation (EAI).[15] IFIA received a grant special consultative status from the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations on June 6, 2019.[16] IFIA also is Members of MIT's Solve community.[17]


The President shall be elected by the General Assembly for a period of four years (until the ordinary session of the General Assembly).[4]

IFIA Presidents
Name Country Term
Mr. A. W. Richardson  Great Britain 1968–1972
Mr. Harald A R Romanus [18]  Sweden 1972–1976
Dr. Friedrich BURMESTER [19]  Germany 1976–1980
Mr. Leif Gottfred Nordstrand  Norway 1980–1984
Mr. Bo-Goran Wallin [20]  Sweden 1984–1988
Mr. Clarence P. Feldmann [21]   Switzerland 1988–1992
Dr. Farag MOUSSA [22]   Switzerland 1992–2004 (*)
Mr. Eduardo Roberto Fernandez  Argentina 2004–2006
Dr. András VEDRES [23]  Hungary 2006–2014 (*)
Alireza Rastegar [24][25][26]  Iran 2014–present
(re-elected in 2018)

IFIA activities[edit]

IFIA is organizes and supports the publication of reference books, guides, surveys, studies,[27] conferences and conventions,[28] competitions and awards for inventions,[29][30][31] illustrative exhibits related to inventors and inventions,[32] and consultative services.[33] They also sponsor the IFIA Awards, which since 2015 have including the Best Invention Medal,[34] Ambassador Medal, and the Memorial medal.[35] Prior awards have included the Global Golden Medal.[36]

The Memorial Medal has been awarded to Ivo Josipoviæm, President of Croatia Teresa Stanek Rea, USPTO Acting Director Benoît Battistelli, EPO President Miklós Bendzsel, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, and Thailand Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong.[37]

See also[edit]


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  5. ^ United Nations Office, Geneva (2001). International Geneva Yearbook 2001–2002: Organization and Activities of International Institutions in Geneva. United Nations Publications. p. 439. ISBN 92-1-000139-7.
  6. ^ a b Barrow, Colin (2016-10-19). Starting and Running a Business All-in-One for Dummies. ISBN 978-1-119-36104-6.
  7. ^ "Inventor's Service". 11. Engineering Materials and Design. 1968. p. 1610.
  8. ^ "International Federation of Inventors' Associations – IFIA | Genève Internationale".
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  10. ^ News, Morocco World (July 2, 2019). "Moroccan Inventors Excel at Silicon Valley International Invention Exhibition".
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  14. ^ "Morocco is a permanent member of the international federation of inventors' associations".
  15. ^ "EAI – European Alliance for Innovation".
  16. ^ "United Nations Search results for CSos".
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  19. ^ "The Importance of the Patent System to Developing Countries: Collection of lectures given at the World Symposium organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization at Colombo, Sri Lanka in February 1977". 26 July 2016.
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  27. ^ Colin Barrow (2003). The Complete Small Business Guide: A sourcebook for new and small businesses. Wiley. p. 164.
  28. ^ Patnaik, Santosh (September 9, 2017). "International meet of inventors begins in Visakhapatnam" – via
  29. ^ Suryadinata, Leo (2012). Southeast Asian Personalities of Chinese Descent: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume I & II. ISBN 9789814345217.
  30. ^ Casey, Susan (October 1997). Women Invent!: Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World. ISBN 978-1-56976-511-1.
  31. ^ Huri, Gazi; Paschos, Nikolaos K. (2017-10-10). The Shoulder. ISBN 978-3-319-51979-1.
  32. ^ "9 Saudis win 21 medals at International Warsaw Invention Show in Poland". Arab News. October 16, 2017.
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  35. ^ "IFIA President, Alireza Rastegar, proposed changing IFIA medal in the". June 21, 2015.
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  37. ^ "Bogsch medal".

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