European Inventor Award

Jury members

Jury meeting 2016 The independent jury that judges proposals for the European Inventor Award consists of international authorities in the fields of business, science, academia and research.


José Luís Arnaut

José Luís Arnaut

served as Portuguese Deputy Prime Minister between 2002 and 2004. His other government appointments include Minister for Cities, Local Administration, Housing and Regional Development, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Parliament and Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for National Defence of the Parliament of the Portuguese Republic. A member of the Portuguese Bar since 1991, and American Bar Associations since 1992, he has been practising as a European Patent Attorney and, since 1996, as a European Trademarks Attorney at the Office for Harmonisation of the Internal Market of the European Union and Official Agent of Intellectual Property at the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial. Mr Arnaut is Managing Partner of CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut, a law firm with a leading position in the Portuguese market. He is also a member of the Executive Board of the European law firm CMS Legal.

António Campinos

António Campinos

has been Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) since 2010. He previously held the roles of IP Commissioner and President of the Directive Council of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Portugal and Chairman of the Ad Hoc working group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks. From 2005 to 2007, he was head of the Portuguese delegation to EUIPO’s Administrative Board, becoming Chairman in 2007, prior to his election as President. Since 2013, Mr Campinos has also served as President of the Administrative Council of the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propiété Intellectuelle (CEIPI).

Wolfgang Heckl (JPG)

Wolfgang M. Heckl

Director General of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, holds the Oskar von Miller chair for science communication as a professor of experimental physics and nanotechnology at the Technical University in Munich. He received the Communicator Prize from the German Science Foundation and was awarded the European Descartes Prize for Science Communication. He is spokesman of nanotechnology at the National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech and chairman of the board of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light. He is the author of more than 200 peer review publications, and recently wrote a bestselling book entitled Die Kultur der Reparatur.

Ingeborg  Hochmair

Ingeborg Hochmair

holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Vienna. She is CEO, CTO and co-founder of MED-EL Medical Electronics Corporation, which she founded together with her husband Dr Erwin Hochmair in 1990. Together, they developed the very first microelectronic multichannel cochlear implant. She has received two honorary degrees in medicine for her pioneering scientific work and her continuing contribution to the development of implantable devices for people with hearing loss.

Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2014 in the Lifetime Achievement category.

Mario Moretti Polegato

Mario Moretti Polegato

is the inventor of the Geox shoe, whose innovative, breathable technology has earned him numerous accolades, including CNBC European Business Leaders' 2010 Innovator of the Year and Ernst & Young's 2002 Entrepreneur of the Year. Moretti Polegato is Chairman of the Italian Geox Group, which has grown into one of the world's top casual footwear companies. He also lectures on the subject of intellectual property at schools and universities throughout the world. He is Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia.

Nominated for the European Inventor Award 2012 in the category Lifetime achievement

In the media
"Holey soles: Italy's breathable shoe brand looks east" - CNN International feature on Geox shoes


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