The EPO presented the European Inventor Award 2014 in Berlin on 17 June 2014 to outstanding inventors or teams, honouring their contribution to social, economic and technological progress. The award ceremony, held at the former Kaiserliches Telegrafenamt (Imperial Telegraph Office) in Germany's capital, was attended by around 500 guests from the fields of business, science, culture and politics, including German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Heiko Maas.
The awards were presented in five categories, in addition to the Popular Prize:
Receiving a standing ovation, Artur Fischer, winner of the lifetime achievement category, said the award was "one of the greatest presents" he had received "in a long life". He encouraged parents to let their children play, saying "we have to keep the child within us if we want to be rich in invention."
The 10th edition of the awards will be presented in Paris on 11 June 2015.