The European Inventor Award 2012 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, next spring. The nomination period will be open until 6 October and anyone can propose an inventor for the award. Inventors can also nominate themselves. The award is organised each year by the European Patent Office in cooperation with the European Commission and the country holding the EU Council presidency at the time.
Inventors must have been granted at least one European patent to be eligible for the award. For projects that had more than one inventor, the whole team can be nominated. An EPO panel selects the winners from the entries after confirming that the related patents are still valid and other competition criteria are met.
The award rewards achievements from inventors around the world in five categories: Industry, SMEs, Research, Non-European Countries and Lifetime Achievement.
Last year, Per-Ingvar Brånemark from Sweden won the Lifetime Achievement award for his work in osseointegration, an implant technique based on titanium. The winners were awarded in a ceremony at the Academy of Sciences in Budapest.
Read more about this year’s ceremony in the May medtechinsider post on the European Inventor Award 2011.Camilla Andersson