Impressions from the European Inventor Award 2019

Impressions from the European Inventor Award 2019


This invention is a gamer changer. Thanks to one invention, over 30 million cars worldwide are safer to drive. The ability to bring a single atom into clear focus has changed the path of science. For scientists working in the field of cancer, early detection can be the Holy Grail. This is a unique opportunity to meet an inventor personally. Usually we work on paper and on our computer and we never meet the people behind the inventions. Austria is extremely honoured and proud to be the host of the Award for the first time in history. That I would love: that everybody in Europe starts speaking about our examiners, and not about the management, and not about myself. Hopefully the examiners will see the reflection of their hard work in this ceremony. That was a very, very nice experience, a fantastic experience, to know someone inside the system. And also, this added a lot more passion about patents. To hear their experience with us and with the patent system in general was really enlightening. We hardly get to see that side of the story. Hier wird in Kürze der europäische Erfinderpreis 2019 verliehen. Tout est prêt y comprit, vous avez vue, les moyens techniques. Willkommen in Österreich – welcome to Austria. A very warm welcome to everyone here and to all those watching online and on TV. Each year it attracts more and more public attention. In the last few month videos of our inventors have received over 13 million views on social media. The candidates are already saying: even though they have not won, just from the nominations that they have attracted companies, customers, the public, started questioning how they got there, and it is really interesting to see that it is already creating so much value for them. Let’s begin with the first category for outstanding and successful inventors who’s inventions have been patented by large European companies. Alexander van der Lely and Karel van den Berg Antonio Corredor Molguero and Carlos Fermín Menéndez Díaz The winner in the category Industry: Klaus Feichtinger and Manfred Hackl. Our first winners. The moderator asked me questions I couldn’t understand, they do not go to my brain. First of all I must say: Thank you. I’m really emotionalized, really. It’s a big chance to show to the media, to show to the people that circular economy in the plastic area is possible. The second category: Research. Jérôme Galon Big round of applause for our winner in the research category: Dr. Jérôme Galon. It’s a surprise. I was not expecting it so much. Of course, I was hoping, but all the candidates were so great, that it’s really an honour. Now we are very pleased to introduce some of the most astonishing inventors from countries which are not one the EPO’s 38 member states: Amnon Shashua and the Mobileye team Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre Akira Yoshino Big round of applause for our winner. None of us can deny the global impact of this invention: some five billion people are using it every day, everywhere. You’ve stayed in this field since the 1980s, creating new inventions. What was your motivation to stay in that same field? In one word: curiosity. That’s a very good quality for an inventor. It’s an amazing honour to be among such amazing entrepreneurs as well as inventors in a number of different fields and categories. The European Inventor Award in the category Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises goes to: Rick Breur Congratulation. Big round of applause for Rik Breur. Your invention was based on nature. Why do you think it took so long for anyone to find out that this could be used for an invention? It takes a long time not to find that this principle is possible but it takes a long time for someone to really pursue and keep on going and make it into a product. Our finalists for the Lifetime Achievement Award: From Austria, Maximilian Haider. From Poland, Marta Karczewicz The winner in the category of Lifetime Achievement is: Margarita Salas Falgueras The European Inventor Award in the category Popular Prize goes to: Margarita Salas Falgueras First in the history of the European Inventor Award: a double winner. When I was first named I could not believe it because I did not expect to have the Popular Prize. You’re studying one bacteriophage phi 29 for a very long time. Why this one? We’re ever wondering whether you are spending your time on the right one? Yes, the phi 20 polymerase is the best polymerase in the world. It’s amazing to be able to chaperone someone who is exceptional like her. Big round of applause for the winners of the 2019 European Inventor Award.

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