March 7, 2021

The ULPGC becomes strong in patents – The Province

The ULPGC becomes strong in patents - The Province


The rector of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Rafael Robaina, has presented today in Patents Week one of the two patents that have been accepted and that are a consequence of his work as a biologist. The patent filed, with the title 'Micropropagation method of the marine phanerogam species Cymodocea Nodosa', is signed by Rafael Robaina and Pilar García and refers to a system to multiply the germination of sebadales, which are deteriorating due to human activity.

The researchers achieved a method that condensed 20 years of research and in vitro culture and that means obtaining cells from the plant that act as seeds and so instead of having the binomial a plant, a seed, the number of seeds is multiplied until obtain a germination that goes from 4% to 70%. This patent, requested in 2008 and obtained in 2011, is used with certain frequency for scientific purposes and applicable to 12 species of marine plants. The second Rafael Robaina patent refers to a similar process for a Mediterranean marine plant.

The Rector highlighted in his speech that researchers must become accustomed to protect their research results, one of the objectives of Patents Week that has been inaugurated in the Elder Museum of Science and Technology, organized by the ULPGC, through the Vice-Rector's Office Research, Development and Transfer and the Canarian Science Technology Park Foundation; and has the collaboration of the ACIISI, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the Elder Museum and the Telefónica Chair of the ULPGC.

At the opening ceremony, along with the Rector Rafael Robaina, the Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Transfer, José Pablo Suárez; the Director of the Canarian Science Park Foundation of the ULPGC, Marcelino Santana; the Councilor for Economic Development, Energy and R + D + i of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Raúl García Brink; the Director of the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society (ACIISI) of the Government of the Canary Islands, Manuel Miranda and the Technician of the Patent Office of the ULPGC, María Sacristán.

Patents Week Gran Canaria is the first event of dissemination and training on Industrial Property of these characteristics that is carried out at national level and aims to raise awareness about the importance and value of protecting quality research, in order to contribute to the advancement and technological development.

The objective is to make the research results of the ULPGC visible and to promote the exchange of experiences among researchers, administrations, companies, etc. to get the most out of your research.

The event will feature a presentation of nine of the inventions of the ULPGC protected so far, the first one in 1992, three years after the creation of the ULPGC. At the moment there are 14 utility models. 6 international patent applications and 2 European patent applications, out of a total of 117 ULPGC patents in 30 years.

In these days, there will be training activities on the principles of industrial property, the protection of software patents and the search of patents in databases. The latter is taught by the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office.

As an innovative element, "appointments" will be held between researchers with research areas susceptible to synergy, and between these and companies interested in the technology developed in the ULPGC, so as to promote the transfer process of the research that is generated in our University.

In addition, a permanent exhibition will also be available on the 3rd floor of the Elder Museum, which will take a tour of the inventions of the ULPGC in its 30 years of life, coinciding with the celebration of the 30th anniversary.

This event was born with the intention of becoming an annual event of reference in the Canary Islands, giving visibility to the results of research carried out in the ULPGC and enhancing the synergies between researchers and companies.

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