Every year the EPO runs a major competition to identify and reward the most outstanding inventors, both in Europe and beyond. I have had the privilege of being on the jury for a second year. Reading the submissions truly is an uplifting experience. These inventions have the potential to change and shape our world. Indeed, previous category winners have gone on to win Nobel prizes.
The strange thing is that Britain, a nation that pride's itself on the achievement of its inventors, has not more strongly embraced this opportunity to shine on the European stage. Historically, the competition has not been well publicised in the UK and, disappointingly, this year there is just one Brit short-listed for the Awards, which take place in June.
I think we should be supporting this event more actively, particularly because next year, the EPO Inventor Award ceremony will be in London.
It is not too late to make a difference! Public voting is open until June 4th for this year’s Popular Prize category:
Nominations are now being submitted for 2016. So, let’s make sure Britain is well represented in next year’s Awards.
Please help raise awareness of this event and encourage everyone in your networks to cast their vote for the Popular Prize.