Technological advancements improve our lives. But we often forget to appreciate the people behind innovation. This Thursday the European Patent Office did just that.

The winner in the Non-EPO countries category is Akira Yoshino for his work on lithium-ion battery and its evolution.

Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino is the father of the lithium-ion battery. His inventions now power nearly five billion smartphones, as well as drive electric vehicles and countless other devices .. For over 30 years he has been dedicated to continually improving his revolutionary technology.

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