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Have you ever wondered what inspires inventors to invent? Or thought about how many patents you interact with daily? This section looks back at some groundbreaking inventions and the people and research institutes behind them, while also highlighting the technologies that are rapidly shaping the future.


People

Meet the inspiring women whose inventions make our world a better place and discover the European institutes that conduct world-class research.

EPO practice

How does the intellectual property system keep pace with rapidly evolving technologies? Learn more about disruptive innovation and the EPO's robust approach to patent applications in these areas.

Technology

Patented inventions play a major part in our personal and professional lives. Take a closer look at some of these inventions and their impact on business and society.