European Inventor Award

EIA 2016: A symbol of vibrant innovation

Last week in Portugal, the EPO held the 11th edition of its European Inventor Award in front of a packed audience and media from across the world at the MEO arena in Lisbon. In the presence of Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Commissioner Carlos Moedas, the winners in each of the categories were finally revealed. […]

An extended mandate – confirming the way forward

When I started my term as EPO President on 1 July 2010, I found a situation of stark contrasts. The Office had evolved successfully over the previous decades as a recognised technical institution, yet in some strategic areas it was facing a crisis of maturity. While some IT tools and services, such as EPOQUE and […]

15 outstanding Award finalists revealed

We recently announced the names of the fifteen finalists for the ninth edition of our European Inventor Award. This annual event honours some of the most brilliant minds who have not only created or made a breakthrough in a particular technological field but who have also used the European patent system to protect their inventions. […]

Tribute to our brilliant inventors

The European Inventor Award (EIA) ceremony held in Amsterdam on 28 May was a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to some of our most creative and inspiring inventors. Many representatives of the worlds of politics, industry, academia and industrial property took part in this event, including Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Michel […]

Honouring Europe’s brightest minds

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to host the sixth European Inventor Award ceremony in Budapest, and to enjoy a splendid event dedicated to technological creativity. That is not just my opinion: it was clearly shared by everyone else present, including the President of Hungary, Pal Schmitt, EU Commissioner Michel Barnier, the Belgian Minister for […]

Honouring creative and inventive minds

This week, in Budapest, our sixth successive annual European Inventor Award will be presented in recognition of 15 outstanding inventions nominated in five categories (“Industry”, “SMEs”, “Research”, “Non-European countries” and “Lifetime achievement”) and in honour of the individuals and teams behind them. On Thursday, it will be my very great pleasure to congratulate the five […]