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Friday, 20 May 2011

Background: Developments that make a difference

Financial Times
May 19, 2011

The European Inventor Awards are a very visible riposte to those who regard the creation and protection of intellectual property as a boring, specialist activity of little interest to the general public.

Established by the European Patent Office in 2006, they aim to “give a face” to patents by honouring individual innovators with a prestigious prize, while raising awareness of the role of patents in promoting economic, social and technological progress.

The 15 finalists and five winners this year highlight a range of appealing developments that have made a difference to the lives of people around the world – and in the process made money for their inventors.

The winning innovations, announced in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday involve strengthening concrete (in the industry category), burning biofuels (SMEs), identifying Alzheimer’s genes (research), implanting teeth (lifetime achievement) and disinfecting water (non-European). Four are profiled in separate articles.


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