The European Inventor Award is presented in five categories:
- Industry: The Industry Award is presented in
recognition of inventors of outstanding and commercially successful
technologies patented by large European companies. These are companies
that have more than 250 employees and an annual turnover of more than
EUR 50 million.
- SMEs: This Award is presented to the people behind
inventions at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are
companies that had fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of
less than EUR 50 million when the patent was granted. Ideally, the
invention will have been a commercial success and helped the SME to
expand its business.
- Research: This Award honours inventors working at
universities or research institutions. Inventions presented in this
category will often have led to major technological progress and
enhanced the reputation of the inventor's institution.
- Lifetime Achievement: This category honours the
long-term contribution of an individual European inventor whose
dedication and tireless efforts - and patented landmark inventions -
have had a major impact on his/her field of technology and society at
- Non-European Countries: This category is open to
all inventors who are not European nationals, regardless of the size or
turnover of the company applying their patented invention. However, the
invention or related products must be available and enjoy considerable
commercial success in Europe.