Andrea Fabi, spokesman for the National Association of Inventors, explains reasons and objectives of the cooperation with the international event, promoted by D-nest in October in Venice.
If you work in the field of inventions, and of the magnificent horizon that they are able to open up, the first reference to interact with, can only be the ANdI, the National Association of Inventors, reality with which the International Inventors Exhibition (scheduled to take place in Venice, October 13 to 16, on the initiative of D-nest companies, spin off of the University of Verona) teamed, which can generate significant results. To learn more about ANdI, we met his Vice president and spokesman, Andrea Fabi, 37 years old from Rome, operating in the field since 2009, when he began the partnership in the law firm of the number one of the Association, the lawyer Vincenzo Falcucci.
Vice President Fabi, can you please introduce us ANdI? Why was it born, and how many people are involved?
The National Association of Inventors was established in Rome in 1947, after the war, around the charismatic personalities of Mario Tanferna and Enrico Fermi of the group of Via Panisperna; the most beautiful Italian brains who had survived the vicissitudes of the war were part of the group. Since then, the commitment is to cooperate in the field of innovation, with the intent to participate in the common effort to support the filing of patents in view of the relaunch of technological research. Currently it counts about 5,000 members, including associated and supporters.
What activities it carries out? What are its medium and long-term objectives?
The main sphere of work covers the protection of small and medium Italian inventors, small and medium-sized innovative companies and scientific researchers in general. The associative activity is carried out with continuous connection for scientific, technological, environmental, legal, accounting and patent advice. Moreover, there is the digital portal for the assignment of a patent, with the guarantee, by ANdI, of the license of exploitation of small and medium-inventors patents, which have a direct control over the sale, while the buyer receives a warranty on the purchase thanks to the association and its network of agreements with major and more profitable countries. This latter initiative also opens up to relationships with private companies and public entities interested in the patent field. On the cultural level, more specifically, there is the spread of “Ingegni & Congegni” magazine, dedicated to patents.
In autumn, in a symbolic place in Venice, the International Inventors Exhibition, which you have decided to sponsor, will take place: where the collaboration was born? What are the common purposes? What is this synergy about?
We fully support the IIE, because it represents a project similar to our “Inventeco”, which is specifically addressed to inventors and inventions of the countries of the Mediterranean basin, and it has already been successfully carried out in Catania, natural crossroads of cultures. We gladly accepted the opportunity to join the event promoted by D-nest, as it is an interesting initiative that can promote international exchanges of intellectual property and technology transfer in perfect synergy with the relaunch of the industry.
What, in your view, is the state of health of inventions in Italy? Numbers say that there was an increase of 9% of patents: do you think this is a satisfactory result or more can be done?
Apart from numbers, in Italy we still know very little of the strategic importance of the patent industry and of the great benefits it could bring to the economy, with consequent repercussions on youth employment and strategic processes that would lead to a renewal in technology. Surely more can be done, and better, since a different culture and approach to the industry, and much more profitable, could only produce more benefits.
Many people, perhaps more than we imagine, every day work studying new original solutions in different aspects of life: what should be done because the invention turns into concrete innovation, which is instrument for progress?
Progress is always necessary, because it allows the company to grow, in the perspective, hopefully, to enable the improvement of the quality of life. Patents are the necessary tool, and to make them a real benefit it is necessary to make them known, spreading them and producing them as much as possible. The piece needed for each inventor is precisely the support and promotion of knowledge of the new technology.
Nowadays, it pays to be an inventor or is it a waste of time and resources because, beyond personal gratification, there is then a lack of tangible results?
Just for a typically Italian mentality, we think to the inventor as a time waster, and to inventions as the result of a trivial garage hobby. Inventions, if well exploited and commercially disseminated with the right precautions, can instead become an excellent opportunity for companies and a great source of personal income.
Inventing is a form of creativity and therefore of art: what role, in your experience, does it have in supporting the expressiveness of the individual?
Besides being an art, it especially represents the solution to a problem, to which the individual does not know what answer to give, often limiting itself to accept the existing situation. The inventor, who is rightly considered an artist, on the contrary does not succumb, succeeding with his creativity for find the best way out. For these reasons, inventing is not always intended only to researchers.
From your point of view, is the personal genius a sufficiently considered subject or it is conveyed as a kind of habit, which is not receiving the attention it deserves?
The Italian creativity is something that the world still envies us, thanks to people who apply the right knowledge and skills; we ourselves, in everyday life, still use the same techniques they have proposed. It is good to emphasize, however, that if this advantage is not exploited and developed in the right way, it can only create gaps between developed and non-developed countries.
Our country often is talked about for the famous “brain drain”. How do you consider the current state of the art of the funding for research aimed to invention and what future do you expect for this area?
The “brain drain”, precisely in connection with what Italy has always been, on the one hand gives us shine; on the other hand, unless it finds the necessary correction with the necessary funding, as it is happening in the current context, unfortunately, it will end up creating excellent researchers and artists, who then will continue their work elsewhere. And the consequence can only be what it should be avoided, that is that the course of study completed in Italy, on which so much has been invested, will continue to bring benefits only abroad.