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European Inventor Award 2019

Deadline for submissions: 28 September 2018

This Award is unique in that it honours inventors not only for the genius of their scientific or technological breakthroughs, but also for the impact their invention has on society and the economy, putting a spotlight on the individuals behind the inventions that are changing our lives for the better.


Any inventor of any nationality who has at least one valid European patent can be nominated. Inventors from one of the EPO's 38 member states are eligible for the Industry, Research, SMEs and Lifetime Achievement categories, even if they are currently living outside Europe. Other nationals can only be nominated for the Non-EPO countries category. Teams of inventors are also eligable for nominations.


The European Inventor Award is presented in five categories:

  • Industry: The Industry Award is presented in recognition of inventors of outstanding and commercially successful technologies patented by large European companies. These are companies that have more than 250 employees and an annual turnover of more than EUR 50 million.
  • Research: This Award honours inventors working at universities or research institutions. Inventions presented in this category will often have led to major technological progress and enhanced the reputation of the inventor’s institution.
  • Non-EPO countries: This category is open to all inventors who are not from one of the EPO's 38 member states, regardless of the size or turnover of the company applying their patented invention. However, the invention or related products must be available and enjoy considerable commercial success in Europe.
  • SMEs: This Award is presented to the people behind inventions at small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs are companies that had fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than EUR 50 million when the patent was granted. Ideally, the invention will have been a commercial success and helped the SME to expand its business.
  • Lifetime achievement: This category honours the long-term  contribution of an individual European inventor whose dedication and tireless efforts – and patented landmark inventions – have had a major impact on his/her field of technology and society at large.


You can find all the information on European Inventor Award here.