The 11th annual European Inventor Award, organised by the European Patent Office (EPO) in Lisbon last June, was a wonderful celebration of innovation. This short film summarises the emotion of the trophy ceremony and the purpose of the Award. The 12th edition of the Award will be held in Venice next June.

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 Award reflects well on the patent system and IP profession as a whole, and particularly on those working with inventors to monetise or enforce their patents.

Therefore we encourage you to consider which of the inventors you know might meet the EPO’s high criteria for developing 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 and can be made online. With competition fierce (over 400 proposals last year for just 15 places!) we would suggest you submit suggestions before the 12 October deadline.