IFIA & WIPO Meeting in WIPO Headquarters
A meeting was held between IFIA and WIPO on Friday, April 13 in WIPO Headquarters with the participation of IFIA President, Mr. Alireza Rastegar and his team as well as Mr. Marco Aleman, Director, Patent Law Division, Ms. Allison Mages, Head, Legislative and Policy Advice Section and Ms. Giulia Ragonesi, Associate Legal Officer, Legislative and Policy Advice Section.
Initially, Mr. Aleman provided updates on Inventor Assistance Program (IAP), of which IFIA is a sponsor, and thanked IFIA for cooperation to raise awareness regarding this program and introducing the contacts in the relevant countries where the program has been executed. Mr. Aleman mentioned that so far over 25 applicants have been able to obtain free of charge consultation from patent attorneys to file their patent applications.
After Mr. Aleman stated that IAP has been implemented in Africa, Mr. Rastegar pointed that recently several associations from the African continent has joined IFIA members which creates a better opportunity for them to become aware of IAP and benefit from the pro bono services to draft their patents efficiently.
IFIA team also explained the development of IFIA Virtual Hall of Inventions where the promising inventions are inserted and promoted via the newsletter, Magazine and social networks. Mr. Aleman welcomed the idea and suggested to advertise the inventions which are patented via WIPO IAP in this section of IFIA website which was willingly admitted by IFIA President.
It was also agreed for IFIA to submit an updated list of IFIA members so that the contacts required by WIPO to implement the IAP could be selected.
Meanwhile, IFIA proposed to encourage IFIA members who are patent attorneys to provide pro bono assistance and consultation for filing the PCT in the underprivileged countries.
Afterwards, Mr. Aleman explained their intention to establish a day titled “Inventor of the Year” to introduce the top inventors of IAP and award them. IFIA team offered to collaborate in the organization of this event.
Finally, IFIA President awarded IFIA’s 50 anniversary logo to Mr. Aleman in order to appreciate the bilateral collaboration between IFIA and WIPO through all these years.