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Outstanding place for the University at Inapi patenting ranking
- For the second consecutive year, our University was positioned in the third place of the largest national patent requests prepared by the National Industrial Property Institute (INAPI, in Spanish). Dr. Louis Magne, director of the Department of Technology Management, attended the awards ceremony and he highlighted the efforts of the University to generate technological innovations.
Our University has managed to gradually increase the protection of intellectual property of the technologies generated through its research and development. In 2011 it presented a total of 28 requests at national and international levels and through the Cooperation Treaty about Patenting Matters (PCT, in Spanish).
The number of nine national patent records required in 2011, helped to put the University in third place, according to the "INAPI Report 2012". The leader of this ranking was Universidad de Concepción and P. Pontificia Universidad Católica, with a total number of thirteen requests for inventions each.
The award ceremony for this important achievement was held last Thursday in the new premises of INAPI and was chaired by Tomás Flores the Vice Secretary of Economics, and Maximiliano Santa Cruz, INAPI director. Dr. Louis Magne, director of the Department of Technology Management from the office of Research and Development attended the ceremony and represented our University. He noted that patenting is a priority for the institution.
"The University has an important increase of the research that has potential for new businesses, and this has allowed the identification of the results that might get a patent and which are the basis of innovative technologies that could be transferred to the productive sector," he said.
Throughout its history, the Universidad de Santiago de Chile has presented 63 requests for national patents. At the international level, it has presented 50 requests in various countries, mostly in the United States. Of the total applications, 28 patents have been given, eleven in Chilean territory, three in the U.S. and the rest in other countries.
"We are currently working to achieve that these patents generate licenses and then royalties, meeting the challenge that Chile has about becoming a generator of technology," Magne explained.
What is the meaning of patenting?
A patent is an exclusive right granted by the State for the protection of an invention, so it recognizes and guarantees the exclusive commercial exploitation for the holder of the invention, thus preventing others from appropriating the benefits involved in its exploitation.
Obtaining these patents in the University is paramount as it demonstrates the ability to generate appropriable knowledge, and states the basis of technological products that have a future to contribute to the country and become part of the national and international markets.
To achieve this, the Technology Management Department is responsible for encouraging researchers to conduct applied research projects whose results are evaluated in its appropriability and evaluated for their further development, until the patent is generated.
The patents that are requested belong to the University, with the recognition of the authorship for the inventors. If the invention is commercialized, 50 percent is for the group of researchers that generates the patent and the remaining 50 percent for the University.