The Popular Prize I European Inventor Award 2019

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The finalists

15 inventors from around the world have been nominated for this year’s Popular Prize.

They are in five categories: Industry, Lifetime Achievement, Non-EPO Countries, SMEs and Research. 

Learn more about the finalists
Rik Breur (NL)
Marine antifouling fibre wrap

About the invention

Inspired by a sea urchin’s prickly surface, this Dutch inventor's anti-fouling fibre wrap is an environmentally-friendly alternative to toxic paints. Algae, barnacles and mussels just slide off it, saving boats up to 40% on their fuel consumption

More details on www.epo.org

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Competition rules

The European Inventor Award and the Popular Prize lottery are organised by the European Patent Office (EPO). The Popular Prize scheme is regulated by German law.

  • You can vote for an inventor more than once, provided it’s on different days.
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  • The total duration of the voting is five weeks, from 7 May 2019 to 16 June 2019.
  • The winners of the prize lottery will be drawn at random by the EPO on 24 June.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to take part in the Popular Prize vote.
  • The winners of the prize lottery will be notified by e-mail and requested to respond within 7 days to provide their postal address.
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