The largest fair of footwear in the world, MICAM, will be carried out between 17 and 20 of September and will welcome again the Portuguese Innovation Awards.
In the edition of GAPI awards this year will be, for the first time, distinguished companies that focus on shoes with high added value and which use raw materials highly innovative.
In this initiative of the Footwear Technological Center of Portugal and the INPI (Institute of Industrial Property), in the project GAPI (Office of Support to Industrial Property) which APICCAPS has been associated will distinguish the companies whic are more innovative during this year, through new solutions introduced in the market.
As in the past, this year the major bets will be the delivery of a premium to the revelation brand. Since the beginning of the year, have been created in Portugal 16 trademarks and registered more than 150 models, involving 56 companies. As usual, will be also distinguished companies which have a more revolutionary design.
The Portuguese Innovation Awards in the footwear sector will be assigned by a jury consisting of representatives from INPI, CTCP, CFPIC, AICEP Portugal and APICCAPS.
Before the end of the year, the GAPI will also distinguish the other innovative companies in 2008, but now in the technological plan. The companies of components also may apply for the Awards Technological Innovation in the Footwear Sector .
During the past four years, GAPI distinguished already several companies of footwear, leather, footwear components (soles, leather, textile technicians, etc.). and equipment.