Almost 300 inventors and creative minds have entered the competition for the National Award for Patents 2022, which is awarded by the Austrian Patent Office together with the Ministry of Climate Protection. The submissions were evaluated by a top-class jury, which nominated the entries in the categories "patent", "trademark" and in the special category "space". The winners will be presented at a gala event scheduled for April 2023.
Climate Protection Minister Leonore Gewessler: "Innovations are a valuable tool in the fight against the climate crisis and help us to meet the challenges of the present. That's why I'm particularly pleased that sustainability, alternative energies and frugality play such an important role among the nominees."
Patent Office President Mariana Karepova: "The nominees' patent solutions clearly show that inventors are incessantly tinkering with solutions to the most pressing problems. Many of the inventions submitted are technically mature and ready for use. This reinforces my belief that a better world is only possible through innovation."
The nominees in the category Patent
Vienna University of Technology made it into the top three with a hydrogen processing system using electrochemical separation technology. The invention uses the existing natural gas network to recover hydrogen and compress it for use.
The CEPA energy façade uses building facades as an energy source. The invention of the AEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies is relevant for industrial plants but also for the renovation of residential buildings.
Sequence Logic Modeling from the Styrian startup SELMO also made it into the top 3. With the help of this method, mechanical engineers can correct errors without being programmers.
The best in the category trademark
The digital sound wave of the Styrian sound studio "Wave Studios" was categorized by the jury as one of the three top logos that made it among the nominated trademarks. Likewise the trademark Wild Bill for an organic ketchup of the Wiener Winkelbauer GmbH, which appeals to the primal joy of eating, as well as the logo Silent Fiber for sustainable acoustic panels made of natural fibers such as hemp, wood and peat by Robert Schwemmer.
Special category Space
Special achievements in space exploration brought three companies among the nominees in the "Space" category. The Lower Austrian startup Enpulsion, which is the market leader in small electric propulsion systems for satellites, Peak Technology GmbH, which is the technology leader in fuel tanks and structural components for rockets, and beyond gravity, Austria's largest space company.
Top jury evaluated the submissions
The submissions were judged by: Henriette Spyra (Jury Chairperson Patent, Section Head Climate Protection Ministry), Harald Kainz (Rector TU Graz), Gerfried Stocker (Artistic Director and Managing Director of Ars Electronica), Klaus Pseiner (Managing Director FFG), Iris Filzwieser (Managing Director Mettop), Laura Bettiol (Space Researcher), Laura Egg (Jury Chair Brand, Managing Director Austrian Angel Investors), Alfred Noll (Lawyer), Eva Czernohorszky (Director Technology Services Vienna Business Agency) and Hannah Lux (Social Entrepreneur).
National Patent Award is presented for the fourth time
This is the fourth time that the highest award for Austrian inventors is being presented. All Austrians who have received a patent or trademark from the Austrian Patent Office in the past two years were qualified to participate. Further details on the award and the conditions of participation can be found at https://www.patentamt.at/staatspreis-patent-2022.07/14/2022
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