The International Federation of Inventors’ Associations
IFIA’s point of view concerning to the upcoming EU patent
IFIA Declaration about EU patent
IFIA is the voice of inventors, as the unified and unique world federation of national inventors associations and innovation organizations from 88 countries. IFIA includes the majority of patent applicants, who are mostly independent inventors, small and medium enterprises, universities, research institutes and other non-profit organizations.
The protection of inventions can only serve its purpose, if it is accessible on the relevant markets for all creators. Geographically widespread protection is a necessity. Today access to such protection is limited by its high cost. The costs of a wider international protection for an invention are so high, that a great majority of inventors are practically unable to protect their inventions.
The European Union (EU), an
economical and political formation of 27 European countries, having 500
millions people inhabitants represents a great market. Unfortunately, there is
no one common patent, which would be enforced in all EU countries. The present
situation consists of separate national patenting into the EU member states
using the national languages. Due to the translation costs, the EU patent
protection is 10 times more expensive than in the
The cost reduction solution of
patenting in the EU would be a patent system based on the Community Patent
Convention (CPC). Work on the EU patent started in the 1970s, but the resulting
CPC was a failure. It was not ratified by enough countries. The latest
development in this field is the European Commission proposal (“Proposal for a Council Regulation on the
translation arrangements for the European Union patent” on
The IFIA upholds the interest of the majority of patent applicants for fast realization of the EU patent.
Finally the IFIA strongly supports the above proposal which will accelerate innovation worldwide and it will not only be an efficient anti-crisis tool, but also be particularly beneficial for SMEs.
This document is adopted by the General
Assembly of the IFIA, in
Dr. András Vedres President