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about the award Every year, the European Inventor Award pays tribute to men and women whose quest for new ideas not only drives technological progress and economic growth but also shapes society and improves our daily lives. Launched by the EPO in 2006, the award gives inventors the recognition they deserve and encourages future innovation. It is one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind. The European Inventor Award is presented in each of the following categories, to be announced at the award ceremony in Berlin on 17 June. Industry: to outstanding and successful technologies patented by large European companies SMEs: to exceptional inventions at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) Research: to pioneering inventors working at universities or research institutes Lifetime Achievement: honouring the long-term contribution of an individual European inventor Non-European Countries: to outstanding inventors who work outside Europe but have been granted a European patent european inventor award 2014

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