Nominate outstanding inventors for the European Inventor Award by 16 October 2017

Nominate outstanding inventors for the European Inventor Award by 16 October 2017

 Dear members,

 The 12th annual European Inventor Award, hosted by the European Patent Office in Venice last month was a wonderful celebration of innovation. This short film summarises the emotion of the trophy ceremony and the mission of the Award.

 The fifteen finalists are excellent ambassadors not just for innovation but for the patent system as a whole. In each of their films they explain their inventions as well as the benefits to society and the economy, frequently mentioning the role patents play in their business models. The media coverage generated by the European Patent Office (EPO) for the Award finalists is enormous, with over 2,400 reports in journals, blogs, websites and TV shows around the world. The Award not only promotes the benefits of innovation and the patent system, it also reflects positively on Science Parks working with finalists to help them create value from inventions and patents.

 Previous finalists from the Czech Republic have included:

ž   Miroslav Sedláček (Rolling fluid turbine)

ž   Blanka Říhová (Synthetic polymeric drugs to combat cancer)

 Therefore I encourage all members to consider proposing inventors for the European Inventor Award. The EPO’s criteria are high: they are looking for inventions of great social and/or economic benefit, and which have been granted European patents (at least one still in force). The application procedure is simple, free, and can be made online in minutes. With competition fierce (over 450 proposals last year for just 15 places!) I would suggest you submit suggestions well ahead of the 16 October deadline. The media success of the Award in promoting innovation and patents (and hence our industry / profession) is dependent upon the quality of candidates – and I believe that we are very well placed to know who the best candidates could be.

 Should you wish to promote our call for nominations on social media, we have a short video which will help – and you are warmly invited to share the link.

 Thank you very much for your time, as well as for your support in promoting our call for outstanding inventors for next year’s Award.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Harding

External Admin. Employee | External Communications

European Patent Office

Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1 | 80469 Munich | Germany

Tel. +49 (0)89 2399 5091

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