Masahiro Hara, the inventor of the QR Code has been nominated for the 2014 European Patent Office (EPO) award in the Non-European countries category (video below).
As well as receiving around 150,000 patent applications every year the EPO holds an annual European Inventor Award competition. Anyone can nominate an inventor but the winners are chosen by EPO experts and an independent international jury. They evaluate innovations not only on their technological originality but also on their economic and social impact.
Prizes are awarded in various categories but there is one ‘Popular Prize’ chosen by the public from all the shortlisted finalists. This year the award ceremony will be held in Berlin, Germany, on 17 June and you can vote for Masahiro Hara and his colleagues in the ‘Popular Prize’ category here (closing date 10 June).