Winner of the Popular Prize 2019 I European Inventor Award

Congratulations to Margarita Salas Falgueras!

The winner

Congratulations to

Margarita Salas Falgueras (ES)

DNA amplification for genomics

Winners of the lottery

The prize draw will take place on 24 June. Winners will be notified via email and their names announced as soon as we have their response.

The 15 prize winners selected will each receive an evaLIGHT - personal air conditioner.

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

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.
  • You can vote for multiple inventors each day.
  • If you want to be included in the prize lottery, please check the relevant box while voting. Each time you vote, your chances to win your own prize increase.
  • 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.
  • For more information, please read the Terms and Conditions, which you need to accept in order to be able to vote and participate in the lottery.

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