National Association of Inventors
In 1947, in the end of war, around the charismatic personality of Mario Tanferna, first engineer of Professor Vallauri (renowned inventor and manufacturer of thermo-valves) in Turin, then general of Genio and collaborator of Enrico Fermi in the Via Panisperna group and finally philosopher first student and then opponent of Benedetto Croce, Rome formed the ANDI (National Association of Inventors).
The Association always had the imperative directive as absolute economic independence, without the will to participate in public funding, obtained with the sole support of the volunteer of its members.
Founders included the most beautiful Italian brains, escaped from the vicissitudes of the war, like engineer Dante Giacosa, designer of the Fiat 500, and engineer Ambrosini, owner of the same airplane production company.
Together with Tanferna, everyone was committed to cooperating in the field of innovation, with the aim of participating in the common effort of rebuilding the destroyed country.
The satisfaction of the Italian inventors has remained historical, for the technical participation of the A.N.D.I. in the preparation of the Lowett-Lombardi treaty, which defined, in the late 1940s, the repayment of a large part of the debt due from Italy to the United States, with the recognition for several billion of requisitions carried out during the war , by the American authorities, of the patents Italian inventors had deposited and obtained in that country.
In addition, legal professionals of the Association participated in and contributed to the drafting of the new Patents Act, which, after the usual parliamentary vicissitudes, replaced the 1939-1940 Royal Decrees in 1979, according to which the matter.
In addition to the above-mentioned political and administrative participation, a large part of the activity of the ANDI has been expressed and still stands in support of technological research initiatives, particularly applied in the field of support equipment for handicapped persons.
A.N.D.I., the National Inventory Association, is the only trade union body for the protection and enhancement of applied and technological research of our country, which is recognized as a Non-Profit Moral Entity with D.P.R. of August 27, 1947, no. 1569 (Official Gazette No. 15 of January 20, 1948) and following.
The A.N.D.I. is organized with a board of directors and a general assembly of all members.
Under the terms of the By-Laws all members of the board of directors provide their advice to members free of charge.
The Association has recently renewed and restructured its organization, enhancing it with new sections on innovations in the field of industrial design and sociological research in addition to traditional sections, patent and legal commercialism.
Other areas of interest for the Association include:
bio-engineering applications for the solution of the problems of handicapped;
the development of anti-pollution technologies applied to industry, agriculture and services;
improving the quality of life.
The activity of the Body is expressed on differentiated plans:
(a) trade unions in favor of Italian inventors, such as natural persons, and small and medium-sized innovative companies, such as legal persons, and scientific and technological researchers in general; this activity is carried out through the development of new laws and litigation with bodies of the state in charge of industrial law and applied research;
b) associative activity that is achieved through continuous and direct liaison with associates in Italy, for scientific advice, with judgments of functionality on submitted, technological and ecological inventions, with advice on industrial and legal, industrial and operational projects for the protection of Patent rights, Commercial property, for the structuring and control of sales and / or patent licensing contracts against royalties, patents in general;
c) promotional and cultural activities through the dissemination of the periodical “Ingegni e Congegni”, taken from an idea by Gabriele D’Annunzio in 1928 and inherited from A.N.D.I. since its founding in 1947; which, with a circulation of about 20,000 copies, is distributed in all universities, public research organizations and companies and individuals holding patents filed in Italy and abroad;
d) dissemination of the cultural commitments of the associates and the encouragement of artisan companies made up of young entrepreneurs, creative and innovative in the most varied fields of production.