For the first time, the European Inventor Award ceremony will be entirely digital, aiming to reach more viewers and encourage even greater interest in intellectual property.

The event, organised by the European Patent Office, is open to all and no registration is required. The streaming platform will be accessible via the European Inventor Award website, which provides plenty of information on the background to the award and this year’s finalists.

What is the purpose of the European Inventor Award?

The event website summarises the purpose of the European Inventor Award:

“The driving force behind the innovation process is people – people with a passion for discovery. Without their inquisitive minds, their quest for new ideas and their creativity, there would be no inventive spirit and no progress. As one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind, the European Inventor Award pays tribute to the creativity of inventors the world over, who use their technical, scientific and intellectual skills to contribute to technological progress, thereby driving and economic growth and improving people’s daily lives.

Launched by the EPO in 2006, the award gives inventors the recognition they deserve. And, like every competition, it acts as an incentive for other potential winners. It helps to protect ideas and encourage innovation.

For the first time in the history of the European Inventor Award, the 2021 ceremony will be held in an extended reality format. The digital event will not require pre-registration and is open to everyone.”

For more information, visit the European Inventor Award website.