As part of the EPC's 40th anniversary celebrations, the EPO staged an Innovation Contest for students in the European
Patent Organisation's member states.
Contestants were asked to define a research project of potential interest for future R&D, including:
a description of a technical problem currently faced in one of the following five fields:
A. Sustainable food production
B. Eco-friendly energy production and storage
C. Waste management, recycling and urban mining
D. Smart transport and traffic management systems
E. Smart house technology
a presentation of the current state of the art in the problem area
a general account of the market potential for the suggested solution to the chosen technical problem
Applications were collected by the national IP offices, who then selected a single contestant or team for each technical field. The deadline for submission of the final papers was 13 July 2013.
These papers were passed on to the jury for their evaluation and the winners in the five categories were announced at the Anniversary Event in Munich on 17 October.
For more details, see "EPO Innovation Contest winners announced"