The European Patent Office has recently published its list of finalists for the European Inventor Award 2013, a prize that in its eight-year lifetime has turned into one of the world's most distinguished awards for inventors. This year, for the first time since the award was created, the Industry slate includes a nominee from Spain, José Luis López Gómez.
This nomination is well-earned recognition for a Spanish inventor who has guided TALGO technology into use all over, in Europe, the United States, and China. We at ELZABURU take this opportunity to extend our most cordial congratulations both to our good friend José Luis and to TALGO and to wish them every success at the forthcoming award ceremony in Amsterdam on 28 May. In the present crisis our country is going through, seeing one of its inventors being honoured abroad is a hopeful sign.
Here is the European Patent Office's presentation of Jose Luis López Gómez:
"The inventions of this Spanish railway engineer have made high-speed rail travel safer and more comfortable. He created a new method of ensuring a train's wheels stay safely on track and keep their optimal position on the rails at all times, especially in mountainous regions, and allows trains to travel 30% faster when going through curving stretches. His inventions propelled the company Patentes Talgo into one of the top spots among manufacturers of high-speed trains worldwide".
A new twist this year is the popular prize, allowing the public to vote for its preferred finalist.