IFIA INVENTION AWARD
IFIA Best Invention Award
is awarded to the greatest invention in the invention festival, competition, and exhibition relying on the IFIA’s Jury evaluation of its novelty, inventive step, patent, the potentiality to be commercialized, its benefit for mankind and etc. Best invention medals are awarded in various events held under the patronage of IFIA.
The criteria for winning the IFIA (International Federation of Inventors' Associations) award may vary depending on the specific category or competition. However, in general, the following criteria are commonly considered:
- Inventiveness and Novelty: The invention should demonstrate a high level of inventiveness, innovation, and originality. It should introduce a new solution, technology, or approach that solves a problem or fulfills a need in a unique and creative way.
- Practical Application and Impact: The invention should have practical application and the potential to make a positive impact in its respective field or industry. It should offer tangible benefits, such as improved efficiency, enhanced functionality, cost-effectiveness, or addressing a social, environmental, or economic challenge.
- Technical and Scientific Merit: The invention should exhibit technical and scientific merit, showcasing a thorough understanding of the underlying principles, methodologies, and technical aspects relevant to the invention’s domain. It should demonstrate a sound scientific basis and feasibility.
- Market Potential and Commercial Viability: The invention should have market potential and demonstrate commercial viability. Factors such as market demand, scalability, potential for widespread adoption, and feasibility for commercialization may be considered.
- Intellectual Property Protection: The inventor should have taken appropriate measures to protect their intellectual property rights, such as obtaining patents, copyrights, or trademarks, as applicable. The extent to which intellectual property protection has been secured may be considered.
- Presentation and Documentation: The quality of the presentation and supporting documentation is important. Clear and concise documentation, including comprehensive descriptions, visual aids (such as diagrams or prototypes), and data that validate the invention’s effectiveness, can strengthen the entry’s chances.
- Ethical Considerations: The invention should adhere to ethical standards and not involve any illegal or harmful activities. It should align with principles of social responsibility and sustainability.
These criteria collectively ensure that the IFIA awards recognize outstanding inventions that have the potential to make a significant positive impact and contribute to the advancement of innovation globally. It’s important to review the specific guidelines and criteria provided by IFIA for each award category to understand the detailed requirements and evaluation process.
It’s worth noting that the specific criteria and evaluation process may differ for different IFIA competitions and categories. It’s advisable to review the guidelines and instructions provided by IFIA for each specific award or competition to understand the detailed criteria and requirements.
Meanwhile, the below criteria is utilized by IFIA International Jury Board to assess the inventions:
1. Has the inventor gained a national, international patent, or PCT?
Based on the number and type of patents the score giving differs. 0 is considered for an invention without patent, 1 for an invention with one national patent, 2 for two national patents, 3 for one PCT and one national patent, and 4 for an invention with one national, one international (EPO, USPTO), and one PCT.
2. Is the invention green or eco-friendly?
The invention is evaluated considering its impact on the environment. In case the invention causes pollution, 0 will be granted to it. 1 is considered an invention that does not cause any pollution. Regarding the extent of mitigating pollution, the jury should allocate a number between 2 to 4.
3. At what stage of development is it? Is it a Poster? Poster with a 3D image? Animated film? Prototype made? Is an invention ready for the market?
Exactly like the order which is given in the question, the score of 0 is devoted to Poster, 1 to Poster with 3D image, 2 to the animated film, 3 to Prototype, and 4 to an invention ready for market.
4. Has the invention been granted scientific certification?
Some of the inventions do not require scientific certification; in this case, the jury must review the possibility of putting the claimed invention into practice. If the invention needs a scientific certification, then regarding the validity and the number of certifications, a score between 0 and 4 is dedicated to the invention.
5. Is there a public demand for the invention?
The popularity of invention should be estimated by the jury. If the invention is seasonal or it can be used in limited geographical territories, the lower score will be devoted to it.
6. Does the invention involve high technology?
The jury members are required to evaluate the extent of technologies applied in the invention. A higher score will be allotted to an invention in which modern technologies have been utilized.
7. Is the invention more useful than the existing products?
Depending on the extent of innovation used in the invention in comparison to the available products in the market, a score within the range of 0 to 4 must be granted to the invention.
8. Does the invention have an economic impact or potential for economic impact?
The jury members should estimate how much the commercialization of this invention can be income rising and accordingly rate the invention.
9. Is the invention ready to be commercialized?
The possibility of invention commercialization shall be evaluated and rated by the Jury between 0 and 3. In case it has the Feasibility Study Report, the score of 4 must be considered for it.
10. Has the invention been awarded an international prize?
Considering the number of international awards, as well as their importance, the invention will be rated.