Nominate an inventor for 2015

The European Inventor Award 2015 is now open for entries.

Deadline: 31 October 2014

Whether you work in industry, at a university or research institute or for a professional association, are an individual inventor, or even just someone with an interest in the work inventors do, this is your chance to join in by entering your favourite inventor or invention for the award.

Besides the general public, the EPO also calls on its 4 000 examiners to enter groundbreaking inventions from their technological area. Examiners at the national patent offices are likewise invited to join in and put forward outstanding inventors.

Seize this opportunity and enter an inventor. 

The categories

Industry: for outstanding and successful technologies patented by large European companies

SMEs: for exceptional inventions at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Research: for pioneering inventors working at universities or research institutes

Lifetime achievement: honouring the long-term contribution of an individual European inventor

Non-European countries: for all inventors who are not European nationals but have been granted a European patent

Determining the winners

Any member of the public can nominate an inventor for the European Inventor Award. The selection process relies on the hard work of EPO experts and an independent international jury that evaluates innovations not only on their technological originality but also on their economic and social impact.

Determining the winners (PNG)

1. Call for submissions:

Proposals are invited from the public, national patent offices and the EPO staff.

2. Evaluation of proposals by the experts:

A panel of EPO experts rigorously checks the proposals to ensure that they meet the procedural and legal requirements and that the relevant patents are still valid.

3. Shortlist of the candidates:

A shortlist consisting of about 40 pre-selected candidates across the five categories is prepared for the jury, including detailed reports on the merits of the inventions.

4. Jury’s decision:

During a face-to-face meeting, the jury selects three finalists in each category by majority voting before finally selecting the winners.

5. Announcement of the finalists:

The EPO officially announces the names of the finalists to the public.

6.Popular Prize voting

The public votes for their favorite inventor.

7. Announcement of the winners:

The winners in the five categories are announced at the award ceremony.

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