WIPO Awards Medals at 29th Geneva Inventions Show

Geneva, April 6, 2001
Press Releases PR/2001/262

For the twenty-second consecutive year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has recognized inventors at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions by awarding them with medals as part of the Organization's commitment to promoting innovation all over the world. The distinctions were presented to the best invention by a woman and the best invention by a national from a developing country.

Mrs. Sophie Bouriez de Hauteclocque, a French national, received an award for her millimeter triangle for drawing, measuring or sectioning parallel, perpendicular or diagonal straight lines. The second award went to brothers Mr. Jorge and Mr. Pablo Orihuela, nationals of Peru, for an invention called "Escaniplo," a device which allows for the vertical alignment of the bricks used in building a wall, thereby increasing its stability.

The two WIPO Award winners were chosen by an international jury designated by the organizers of the Geneva Exhibition. The WIPO Award consists of a gold-plated medal and a certificate signed by the Director General of WIPO, Dr. Kamil Idris, accompanied by a token cash prize of 2,000 US Dollars. Since the first WIPO awards were presented at the 8th Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions in 1979, forty-three WIPO Medals have been offered at the annual fair to inventors from 26 countries. Among the winners were 24 inventors from developing countries, 16 women and 4 young inventors.

The event is a unique opportunity for inventors from all over the world to showcase their inventions and business partners to contract joint ventures or licensing.

The WIPO Award seeks to stimulate inventive and innovative activity around the world, particularly in developing countries. The award serves to attract and enhance public recognition of inventors and their work. Offering awards to inventors also improves the image of inventors through recognition of their merits as creators who contribute to national wealth creation and development. Since the launch of the WIPO Award Scheme in 1979, 628 WIPO Medals have been awarded to inventors from 84 countries, including women and young inventors.

For further information please contact Mr. Vladimir Yossifov at (+41 22) 338 94 91, E-mail: innovpro.mail@wipo.int or the Media Relations and Public Affairs Section at (+ 41 22) 338 81 61, Fax: (+41 22) 338 88 10, E-mail: publicinf@wipo.int