Poll results: Inventor of the Year

A few weeks ago, the IPKat asked whether the EPO ought to be organising and funding the European Inventor of the Year award. His concerns were twofold: the resources that are devoted to this event, and the fundamental question of whether the EPO ought to be seen to be ranking different inventions in terms of their merits.

Now that the awards have been presented, the IPKat wishes to congratulate the winners and assure them that the Kats' feelings about the Award are in no way to be taken as casting aspersions on their own efforts and in the merits of their inventions. A list of the award winners and the work they have done is to be found here.

The IPKat ran a sidebar poll in conjunction with the above post to see how readers feel about this event, and the results are now in. The IPKat and Merpel are grateful to the 675 readers who took time to vote.

9% of respondents (64 votes) were fully supportive:
“It’s a great initiative and should be given every support.”

12% (85 votes) agreed with:
“It’s a good idea but maybe it’s not such a good idea that the EPO should be running it.”

14% (100 votes) took the middle ground with:
“It’s neither good nor bad, but it’s basically irrelevant to the EPO’s role.”

19% (130 votes) were unsupportive, agreeing with:
“It’s an unproductive waste of time and should not be run at all.”

43% (296 votes) were also unsupportive of the EPO involvement:
“It lies outside the powers and duties of the EPO.”

The IPKat wonders whether the EPO should now review its involvement with and funding of this event, in the light of these concerns which appear to be shared by much of the IP community (or of this blog’s readership, at least)?
Poll results: Inventor of the Year Poll results: Inventor of the Year Reviewed by David Brophy on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Rating: 5


  1. Fear not. Given the rebuke delivered to BB recently by the French government minister at the awards ceremony, he will probably abolish the whole thing anyway to avoid being humiliated in public in the future!

  2. Bundeskanzlerin Merkel read the keynote address at the 2007 and 2011 events. She also presented the 2014 ceremony in Berlin. Blessed bygones...

    Son Altesse Sérénissime must have been choking in rage while he was rebuffed on his own turf. He thought he would be welcomed as a head of state, instead he is treated as a mere garde-chiourme (that's the whip-cracking brute on royal galleys) no one wants to be associated with.

    Ghadaffi had a better welcome in Paris...

  3. Don't think Frau Merkel gave the speech in 2007. She spoke in the afternoon at the Isar Buidling before the AC but the gala dinner was off-site that evening and I'm quite sure she wasn't there. I think it was an EU big wig who spoke there

  4. Vostradamus remarks:
    Excellent result of the poll, but I'm afraid the event will be repeated. The inflated ego of the President and of many of his servants is in play. Furthermore, there is much money involved and you know .......

  5. IPKAT organising the poll about the INVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWRD:
    you are without doubt guilty of Lèse-majesté the crime of violating majesty, an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign ,
    or m I mistaken ?


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