Nuremberg – On its 58th presentation,
the IENA, International “Ideas – Inventions – New products“ Trade
Fair held from November 2nd to 5th, 2006 at the Nuremberg connected
to CONSUMENTA Fair. There ware inventions (near 500) from 17
countries, and the biggest-ever participation of German INSTI-inventors
clubs, the IENA again set new records.
The trade fair brought into focus particularly the freelance
inventors, impressively demonstrating what an important role is
played by the inventor working independently, as a contrast to the
staff who work in research and development departments for large
concerns and in colleges. IENA documented conclusively that the
freelance inventors are just as full of ideas and as creative when
working on solutions to problems. Since the majority of the
inventions at the Nuremberg Inventors Fair were being unveiled to
the public for the first time, the media showed great interest too,
which was reflected in intensive media coverage of the fair.
The organizer (AFAG Messen & Ausstellungen Gmbh) provided a booth
free of charge for IFIA to present its activity.
Mrs. Mária Vedres
and the IFIA booth
The Opening Ceremony had been organized on November 2, in presence
of Dr. Ingo Friedrich, the Vice-president of the European
Parliament, and the leaders of German innovation. The IFIA
President given a greetings speech. Dr. Vedres expressed that
the most important world wide inventors' interest are the Community
Patent and the legal protection by patent for computer implemented
inventions (CIIs) in Europe. He had been reported to the
establishment of the IFIA European Inventors Network to foster
innovation. This network will organize a world competition for the
CIIs in 2007. The world final will be organized on the next IENA.
Greetings by IFIA
The business circles visited on 2-3
November. In contrast to previous years, this year there were
primarily expert visitors from industry on the lookout for practical
inventions and new products, followed by representatives from
commerce and recycling and the scientific world. This year, the high
proportion of staff visiting from well-known industrial undertakings
was particularly noticeable.
The expert visitors came from 39 countries, including 23 European
countries as well as Japan, China, the USA, Canada,
Australia, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Iran, Kuwait, Israel,
North Africa and South America.
The success was additionally enhanced by the quality of contacts
reported by the exhibitors. In the exhibitor survey, 76% of
those interviewed assessed the contact possibilities at IENA with
very good and good, 16% stated they were satisfied, and only 8% were
less than satisfied. 28% of the exhibitors reported having
made concrete agreements during the trade fair.
The INSTI was the greatest Germany exhibitors. INSTI
inventors clubs had been presented their inventions. The INSTI-youth
platform and youth workshops were a valuable good example of the
IFIA members which exhibited on IENA also expressed
themselves satisfied with the way the fair had run. They have also
signified that they will be taking part in IENA in the future,
thanks to its success.
As in every year, an expert jury deliberated on the best inventions
at IENA awarding special prizes and medals. In total, the jury
awarded 75 gold medals, 116 silver medals and 121 bronze medals in
the categories Freelance Inventors, Youth and Universities/Colleges.
Apart from these medals, further consolation prizes were also
At the Award Ceremony the Dr. András VEDRES IFIA President
expressed many thanks for the organizers in the name of exhibitors,
and he awarded IFIA Gold Medal to Mrs. Lydia Zetl for her
international support of inventors.
Lydia Zetl and
Next year, the IENA will take place from November 1st to 4th at the
Nuremberg Trade Fair Showground.