Who said that patents have to be based on highly complex principles? Built on incredibly basic - but nevertheless highly effective - scientific premises, some inventions provide answers to the most pressing problems of our time. The standouts among simply brilliant inventions also include many finalists and winners of the European Inventor Award.Full story
What are the requirements for successfully patenting an invention? And what are the guidelines for inventors looking to secure a European patent? Find all the answers - and more - in the EPO's comprehensive Inventors' Handbook:EPO Inventors' Handbook
What does it take to become a successful inventor? Winners and finalists of the European Inventor Award from around the world approach this question in our exclusive video feature. A quick hint: Next to curiosity and technical skills, inventors need one single fundamental virtue - patience!