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WIPO Awards Female Iranian Inventor

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has presented awards to an Iranian woman who invented a new medical instrument in April 2008.

WIPO has presented two awards at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions promoting the recognition of inventors worldwide.

Maryam Eslami from Islamic Azad University (IAU) of Iran won the World Intellectual Property Organization Award for best invention by a woman for a medical instrument to be used in bone surgery and the treatment of various bone-related ailments. She received a gold medal and a diploma of honor. Ms. Eslami has also received a special award, diploma of honor and medal from Moldavi's Association of Inventors.

Also Wan Tarmeze from Malaysia walked away with the WIPO Award for best invention by a national from a developing country for engineered wood made from the waste biomass of oil palm plantations, so relieving the burden on natural forests as a source of timber.

The winners were selected by an international jury of experts designated by the organizers of the Exhibition.

This is the twenty-seventh year in which WIPO has presented awards at the Geneva event, which provides an opportunity for inventors and researchers from all over the world to showcase their inventions and to attract business partners for joint ventures or licensing agreements.

WIPO awards highlight the key role of innovation in driving progress and in improving quality of life by paying tribute to inventors and acknowledging their work.

Since the launch of the WIPO awards program in 1979, over 1,000 medals have been awarded to inventors, including young inventors, from more than 100 countries.

The exhibition is held with the support of WIPO as well as scientific and research organizations from 45 countries, including the United States, Japan, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Russia and Malaysia.

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