Austrian Association of Innovators, Patent Holders and Inventors
Founded in 1909
The OPEV is a nonprofit organization founded in 1909 representing the interests of innovators, researchers and developers as well as the holders of patents and utility models. The members of Austrian Inventor’s Association include individual inventors, university departments, freelancers, and companies.
The central objective of OPEV is promoting “Austrian inventions”. To this end, we provide a comprehensive service program that is unique in Austria. We support our members in the use of industrial property rights, the marketing strategy, with prototyping, as well as at fairs, exhibitions and negotiations. Austrian Patent Act was created in 1897and came into force in 1899 proving to be a masterpiece of art and a landmark laws of intellectual property.
Ing. Walter Wagner
The History of the OPEV
In the original association goal, the matter was put before the person and this shows that the inventors did not initially receive the appropriate professional assessment. However, one could soon see from successful inventors that they have a distinctive personality, a constantly alert doubt, perseverance and perseverance.
The Austrian Patent Act, which was created in 1897 and came into force in 1899, proved to be a masterpiece of the art of law and a milestone in industrial property protection. But “inventing” is not a profession and can only be learned within limits – it is more of a calling, a natural creative talent to recognize problems as such and to work out a creative solution to them. And in the process, technical skills deficits must be quickly reduced in order to finally pass the “maturity test” – obtaining a patent. The main hurdle of the invention has thus been overcome, but it only becomes an “innovation” when the solution that has been devised takes shape and is accepted by the market.
The fundamental goals of the Inventors’ Association have not changed too much to this day. However, the environment has changed significantly. Gaining a foothold in international, globalized markets is becoming an ever greater challenge for inventors – but one must not overlook the fact that this also increases the chances exorbitantly.