If you know an inventor who you think deserves to win a European Inventor Award, why not nominate them for 2018?
Nominations for the European Inventor Award 2018 are now open. The Award recognises outstanding inventors from around the world, from all technical fields and backgrounds. You don’t have to be an inventor yourself to put forward a nominee. People from industry, research institutes, IP associations and universities, as well as the general public, are all welcome to make a suggestion. So why not go ahead and nominate your favourite inventor? You can even nominate yourself if you want!
Deadline for submissions: 16 October 2017
Industry: for outstanding and successful technologies patented by large European companies
Research: for pioneering inventors working at universities or research institutes
Non-EPO countries: for outstanding inventors from outside the EPO’s 38 member states who have been granted a European patent.
SMEs: for exceptional inventions at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Lifetime achievement: honouring the long-term contribution of an individual European inventor
Determining the winners
Any member of the public can nominate an inventor for the European Inventor Award. The selection process relies on the hard work of EPO experts and an independent international jury that evaluates innovations not only on their technological originality but also on their economic and social impact.