IFIA Extends Condolences on Mr. Vojislav Raušević Passing
It is with deep regret to announce the passing of Mr. Vojislav Raušević, the co-founder of National Association of Croatian Innovators whose efforts led to the organization of the first innovation fair in Zagreb “INOVA 78” in October 1978.
Mr. Raušević initiated the publication of an information and expert journal “RIVER INVENTORY” which readily and systematically informed the innovator of all matters essential to their work.
Due to his attempts, the 1st Croatian Inventive Workers’ Assembly was held in the Croatian Parliament in 1984 bringing together more than 300 innovators from the Republic of Croatia. It was a historic gathering on which innovators for the first time from the Speaker’s House spoke publicly to emerging problems, but also highlighted valuable proposals for better statues of innovators and their innovations in all spheres of work and life.
Mr. Vojislav Raušević provided total support for creating the conditions for establishing an independent Croatian patent system. Since the founding of the State Patent Office, Mr. Raušević was committed to working and promoting the Croatian Patent System.
In 1991, Mr. Raušević and his associates, with tremendous efforts, managed to secure the conditions for the participation of the Croatian Association of Innovators at the earliest world exhibition of EUREKA in Brusells. For the first time in the history of EUREKA, the symbols of the Republic of Croatia were highlighted in the area of Croatian innovators, even though it was not yet formally recognized.
In 1998, Mr. Raušević and his associates established concrete cooperation with the Ministry of Economy on Innovation Projects in a way that innovators could gain financial support for prototype, design, protection of their innovations, and promotion of innovations at domestic and foreign exhibition. With these activities, the Croatian Association of Innovators gained the status of a full-fledged partner of the Ministry of Economy in the field of commercialization of innovation.
His constant efforts for raising the status of Croatian inventors will be always remembered in our minds.
May his soul rest in peace.