6 October 2010
The German Institute for Invention (DIE) has nominated the European Patent Organisation's European Patent Academy for the prestigious "Diesel Medal", also known as the German "Inventors' Oscar". Of the four nominees in the category "Best innovation promotion", the Academy is the only one dedicated to patent-related IP training across Europe.
"It is a great honour for our small, hard-working team," Helge Rasmussen, Principal Director of the Academy, said. "It recognises the work that we do with the help of a network of internal and external trainers. This nomination, therefore, has been earned by a great many people."
The Academy provides expert training on a range of patenting issues. Since its foundation in 2004, it has arranged hundreds of courses, seminars, conferences and workshops across Europe promoting the use of patents and other intellectual property rights for the benefit of society.
Each year, the Academy organises over 100 conferences and training seminars, often in partnership with national patent offices, universities and other major organisations such as the European Commission (EC), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the OECD.
Additionally, the Academy is committed to helping universities teach the basics of the European patent system to students of science, engineering, business and economics, as well as law students, by providing teaching materials. Its activities are supervised by a board consisting of delegates from the EPO's member states.
Selected in a vote that DIE members and previous winners are entitled to participate in, the winner will be announced at an award ceremony at the Deutsches Museum in Munich on 30 November 2010.