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.
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
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.
Proposals are invited from the public, national patent offices and the EPO staff.
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.
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.
During a face-to-face meeting, the jury selects three finalists in each category by majority voting before finally selecting the winners.
The EPO officially announces the names of the finalists to the public.
The public votes for their favorite inventor.
The winners in the five categories are announced at the award ceremony.