After that the state failed to embrace and support them: The al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine sets up the first conference and exhibition for the Iraqi inventors.

The opening ceremony
Within its serious ambition to support the Iraqi competences and to work for their support for the benefit of this country, the opening ceremony of the first conference and exhibition of inventions held under the auspices of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine in cooperation with the forum of Iraqi inventors under the slogan "Karbala of tender is the station of science and scientists", lasting three days in the Sheikh Kulayni service complex of the holy shrine, was launched on Wednesday the 7th of Rajab 1438 AH corresponding to the 5th of April 2017, in the presence of a wide Iraqi scientific and academic figures, as well as representatives of the holy sites and shrines in addition to the officials and administrators of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine headed by its Senior Official his eminence Sayed Ahmed al-Safi and its Secretary-General Sayed Engineer Mohamad al-Ashiqar.

The ceremony began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, reading the Fatiha in memory of the martyrs of Iraq and the Iraqi national anthem and the anthem of the holy shrine "Pride's melody".

Followed by the word of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine delivered by Its Senior Official his eminence Sayed Ahmed al-Safi, followed by the word of the forum of Iraqi inventors, which was delivered by the forum's president Mr. Zaydoun Khalaf al-Sa'idi.

Then, the head of the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control of Iraq Mr. Saad Abd al-Wahhab has delivered his word for this occasion, in which he praised the patronage of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine for the establishment of the first conference and exhibition of inventions' patents and industrial designs, which is a good start to support this elite and distinguished Iraqi scientists and inventors.

Then the attendees and participants were invited to the opening of the exhibition of inventions' patents.

The Engineer Manar 'Ata-Allah Ali al-Sa'di, member of the preparatory Committee of the first conference and the exhibition of inventions, has announced that the number of invention patents participating in the inventions' conference, is 108 invention patents chosen among 500 patents in five fields: Medical, Engineering, Scientific, Agricultural and Military.

And he added: "Many criteria have been adopted to accept the inventions participating in the conference by the specialized joint committees of the inventors' forum and of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, adopting international standards similar to those used in similar exhibitions. The most important criteria are:

1- The invention shall have a patent invention certificate from the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control.

2- It shall be within the period of protection provided before less than 20 years, otherwise there is no benefit from the patent because it protect the inventor only for 20 years.

3- The invention, if applied, is of great benefit to the country especially in the present circumstances.

4- The investment of the invention shall be possible at the current time and at the lowest possible cost.

5- Its raw materials shall be available in Iraq so that the importation of raw materials does not cost the country foreign currency.
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