The nomination period for the European Inventor Award 2018 closed on 16 October 2017. Thank you for submitting your nominations for the 2018 Award! We will be announcing the finalists in April 2018.
- 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 and 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.
1. CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Proposals are invited from the general public, national patent offices and EPO staff. Proposals from any technical field are eligible. The open call for proposals runs from April until October each year.
2. EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS
EPO staff rigorously evaluates the proposals to ensure they fulfil all legal requirements and represent significant inventions. A shortlist of 40-50 candidates is submitted to an independent jury, including detailed reports on the technical, societal and economic merits of the inventions and biographical information on each candidate.
3. JURY DECISION
At the jury meeting, each juror carefully reviews the shortlisted candidates and allocates points for their first, second and third choices in the five categories. After two rounds of voting and elimination, three finalists (including one winner) remain in each category.
4. FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT
The EPO officially announces the names of the fifteen finalists to the public in April. The opening of the public voting in the Popular Prize category is also announced.
5. POPULAR PRIZE VOTING
The general public is invited to vote for their favourite inventor. An additional prize is awarded to the European Inventor Award finalist who receives the most votes on the EPO website and social media in the run-up to ceremony.
6. WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT
The winners in the five categories and the Popular Prize are announced at the Award ceremony in June.