Applications originating in Portugal from the European Patent Office (IEP) have more than tripled in the past decade, having also grown 23% in 2019, with Delta and the University of Évora among the main applicants.
Data sent by the IEP to the agency Lusa indicate that, in the last 10 years, there was an increase of 236% in the number of patent applications originating in Portugal made by that European institution. And, for the second consecutive year, these requests made by Portuguese entities that body rose 23.1% in 2019, after a 47.3% growth in 2018 and a 4.5% decrease in 2017.
According to the 2019 Patent Index, this Thursday, the rise in patent applications originating in Portugal was mainly due to “significant growth” in some technological areas in the country, such as medical technology, the pharmaceutical sector, furniture and games.
In all, last year, Portuguese research institutions and universities filed a total of 272 patent applications with the IEP, the “highest value ever”, after 221 applications made in the previous year. Among the main Portuguese applicant entities were, last year, the company Delta Cafés, of the Nabeiro group, and the University of Évora, both with 16 requests each.
In the top five was also the Association for the Advancement of Tissue Engineering and Cell-Based Technologies and Therapies (A4TEC), with 15 orders, as well as the Modelo Continente Hipermercados, from the Sonae group, with 10 orders. The Institute of Systems and Computers Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC) of Porto occupied the fifth place of this “podium”, with seven requests.
Contrary to what happens in most European countries, in Portugal there are three research laboratories and academic institutions in the 'top' five of patent applications ”, observes the IEP in the information released this Thursday, considering that“ this reinforces the importance of European patents in protecting investments made in research and development by academic institutions ”.
In regional terms, it was in the North of Portugal that there were more patent applications to the IEP, representing 46% of the total, followed by the regions of Lisbon and the Center (which correspond, respectively, to 21.7% and 16, 5%). With regard to cities, the Lisbon metropolitan area took the lead, with 37 patent applications, followed by Porto, which registered 36.
I am pleased to see the substantial growth in patent applications originating in Portugal, which demonstrates that the country continues to increase its capacity for research, development and innovation ”, declared the president of the IEP, the Portuguese António Campinos.
For this official, “the use of patents is essential to make Portuguese companies more competitive”.
Created in 1977, the IEP strengthens cooperation between European countries in the field of patents. Through a centralized procedure, the IEP provides patents valid in 44 countries and covering a market of 700 million people.
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