IIFME 2020 – International Invention Fair of the Middle East
The 12th IIFME – International Invention Fair of the Middle East – was organized from 16 to 19 February 2020 by Kuwait Science Club under the Patronage of His Highness the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and in collaboration with the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva & International Federation of Inventors’ Associations (IFIA).
IFIA President, Alireza Rastegar, attended the opening and closing ceremony where His Excellency the minister represented the Amir in the opening and closing ceremony. Several countries, ministers, establishments, authorities, and companies were present in the event, as well.
This unique convention in the Middle East was received with great importance locally, regionally, and internationally. It highlighted the inventions, innovations, and creativity of youths and University. The convention also promoted Kuwait’s modernity and its role in encouraging and supporting the inventors and participants in this public service.
The 12th IIFME brought 42 different countries together including United Kingdom, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Thailand, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Algeria, Tunisia, Bahrain, etc. A total of 130 inventions were showcased during the exhibition and 45000 visitors paid a visit to the event during the opening hours.
The Kuwait Science Club awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal as well as 50,000 $ cash prize to the inventors selected by the juryes. Also IFIA , UNESCO, WIPO and GCCPO’s awards were also given to the best inventions in specific categories.
During this year exhibition, the Second International Seminar called “From Invention to Market” was organized by Kuwait Science Club in Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The main point of IFIA president in his speech was about the best way to success for commercializing inventions. He said the best solution is follow your innovative goals by gathering valued teammates.
Moreover, Mr. Marco Aleman the Director Patent Law Division of World Intellectual Property Organization had a lecture about the Patent System as a Mechanism to Promote Innovation and Transfer of Technologies.
Dr. Salam Alablani (Director of the scientific culture directorate Kuwait foundation for the advancement of science) and Mr.David Taji (Jury President of international Exhibition of inventions of Geneva) were other keynote speakers of this seminar.