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EUIPO DesignEuropa Awards 2018 and Centenary of Polish Patent Office

28th November, 2018

Robert Watson represented the President of FICPI at the DesignEuropa Award Ceremony held in Warsaw on 27 November 2018.  Mauro Ecceto was also present for FICPI in his role at the EU Observatory.  The DesignEuropa awards honour great design brought to the market with the protection of the Registered Community Design.

This 2nd edition was held at the architecturally fascinating Polin Centre (the museum of Jewish History) with is copper and glass clad facades, and the inside ravine which splits the building in two separate halves.

The DesignEuropa event was timed to coincide with a celebration of the centenary of the Polish Patent Office, which was founded on 28 December 1918.  This was within 2 months after the reforming of the Polish State at the end of World War I.  The spectacular celebration was held at the Polish National Opera, and included a celebration of Polish Innovation (including well-known names, such as Marie Sklodowska-Curie and some perhaps less well-known outside Poland, such as Hilary Koprowski and Rudolf Weigl), and of course some Chopin!

The winners of the awards were:

Small and Emerging Companies – Air.Go 2.0, designed by Sara Clement for Marcus P Holding/Marcus Pedersen AS.  The Air.Go 2.0 is a fully automatic self-service bag drop solution, which helps airports remove queues in the check-in area.

Industry – Artis Pheno, designed by Nadja Roth and Tobias Reese for Siemens Healthcare Gmbh.  Artis Pheno is a robot-supported C-arm angiography system, which was developed for use in minimally invasive surgery, interventional radiology and interventional cardiology.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Hartmut Esslinger.  Harmut became known in his early career for his designs for electronics brand Wega.  In 1982, his design company, frog design, entered into an exclusive contrat with Apple Computers, working closely with Steve Jobs.  He designed the famous “Snow White” design for Apple, and his career continued from there.  Later clients include Disney, Microsoft and Kardstadt.  He has developed the theory of “form follows emotion” as a guiding principle of his work, in direct counterpoint to the “form follows function” principle of modernist design.

Many IP offices from across Europe and further afield were represented at the event, as well a key user organisations which provided an opportunity to connect and network with key individuals in the design IP field.  

Author: Robert Watson

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