European Inventor of the Year 2008: extracts from the award ceremony
End production: 07/05/2005 First transmission: 07/05/2008
At a gala event on 6 May 2008, the European Patent Office and the European Commission honoured some of Europe's brightest minds with awards of "European Inventor of the Year 2008" in four categories: "Industry", "SMEs/Research", "Non-European countries" and "Lifetime Achievement". The awards were presented by Danilo Türk, President of Slovenia; Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry; and Alison Brimelow, President of the European Patent Office.
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||Views of Ljubljana, Slovenia (3 shots)
||Arrival of Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry (2 shots)
||Group photo (from left to right: Günter Verheugen; Alison Brimelow, President of the European Patent Office; Biserka Strel, Director of the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office; Andrej Vizjak, Slovenian Minister for Economy and President in office of the Council)
||Opening of the plenary session
||Alison Brimelow, President of the European Patent Office, (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Patent Office sees this Forum as a contribution towards supporting Europe as a shaper of opinion; if effective climate protection is a political aim of the EU, and that is indeed the case, than the same must apply to ist innovation policy and to the intellectual property rights witch support that policy
||Andrej Vizjak, Slovenian Minister for Economy and President in office of the Council, (in ENGLISH) saying that they need also the reform of the research and development sector, not just in different countries, but also within the EU and wider
||Günter Verheugen (in ENGLISH) saying that if he was asked how he would describe the European economic century, in the shortest possible way, he would need only three words: competitiveness by innovation; and if he was asked how he would describe Europe's strategy to fight climate change and energy problems, again he would need only three words: sustainability by innovation; in most cases, in most policy sectors, innovation is the key; and it is the top priority of the European Commission to show that European innovative capacities are strengths to its policy everywhere
||Opening of the award ceremony
||Winner in the Category non European countries: Philip Green - United States (2 shots)
||Winner in the Category SMEs & Research: Douglas Anderson and his team - United Kingdom (3 shots)
||Winner in the Category Lifetime Achievement: Erik de Clercq - Belgium (3 shots)
||Group photo of the winners