Portugal aims to become an innovation hub: Costa
Lisbon: Portugal Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Thursday sought international co-operation to make the country an innovation hub.
"Patents that impact the international market and give companies an impetus to become internationally acclaimed," said the Prime Minister at the 11the edition of European Patent Awards.
"This is important for the wealth and growth of the population," said Costa, who has his roots in Goa and known as the 'Gandhi of Lisbon' for his frugal lifestyle.
Six inventors from Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, UK and the US bag the European Patent Awards for 2016.
The European Patent office had finalised 15 people for the 11th edition of the European Inventor Award. Finalists were chosen on the basis of their innovation in five categories.
The inventions have been patented by the European Patent Office and Battistelli, EPO President, highlights that these patents have contributed to technological progress, social development and most importantly economic growth.
The awards have been given for inventions in fields of automotive safety, diagnostic imaging, biochemical engineering, medicine, neurology and environmental technology.
Dutch-German engineer Anton van Zanten has won in the Lifetime achievement category for contributions to automotive safety systems. Zanten is responsible for inventing the electronic stability control system in cars to prevent accidents.
Tue Johannessen, Ulrich Quaade and team from Denmark, Alim-Louis Benabid from France, Bernhard Gleich, Jürgen Weizenecker and team from Germany and Robert Langer from the US are winners in the other four categories.
The EPO has given the popular award on the basis on 64% public vote to a UK scientist - Helen Lee - for her invention of diagnostic kits for resource-poor regions.
While speaking at the awards ceremony, EPO President Benoît Battistelli said: "The impact of the innovations of this year's award winners highlights the importance of the European patent system for economic and technological progress."
Battistelli further added that the innovation sector is striving and the EPO has witnessed higher number of patent applications even from non European Countries. "Inventors are modern heroes of our time contributing to our lives."
A jury chose the 15 finalists out of 400 innovators from 13 countries: India, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands and others.