Changing the world with brilliantly simple inventions
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.
Crisp images, based on oil and water
"liquid lenses" invented by French scientist Bruno Berge are faster, lighter
and more robust than their mechanical counterparts. The brilliantly simple
principle: Oil and water don't mix with each other.
More cork for a thirsty world market
incredibly simple invention of a Portuguese research team is quenching the
thirst for cork on the world market: Exposed to microwave radiation, the
precious material expands by 40 to 85%.
Everything you always wanted to know about patents...
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:
Glasses for people in need
brilliant: Without the help of an optician, the liquid-filled lenses in these
simple glasses can be adjusted to suit individual wearers.
Tiny regulators for tremendous water savings
small jet regulator for water faucets unlocks enormous water savings: up to
Video: What makes an inventor?
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!