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To qualify for the European Inventor Award, all entries must satisfy certain formal conditions. Before filling in the entry form, please read the information below. Failure to observe the conditions may result in the candidate's elimination from the competition.
Anyone can submit an entry: whether you work in industry, at a university or research institute or for a professional association, are an individual inventor, or simply have an interest in the work these people do, there are no restrictions. If you are an inventor, you can even put yourself forward.
Inventors entered for the award must have been granted at least one European patent for their invention by the European Patent Office, maintained in force in at least one EPO member state. If several European patents have been granted for an invention, you should highlight the most representative one (please give reasons).
Candidates can be entered for the following five categories:
All technologies for which a European patent can be granted will be considered.
The European Inventor Award is a tribute to those whose inventions have achieved outstanding and enduring success in Europe. Inventors of any nationality can be put forward as long as they have been granted at least one valid European patent for their invention and the invention benefits Europe. However, there are some restrictions:
You must show clearly and precisely that the invention meets the following criteria:
Entries will not be considered if:
Entry form is available in English.