USM was distinguished by the National Institute of Industrial Property

25 · June · 2019

The USM is located among entities that lead the presentation of patent applications. The Technical University Federico Santa María was awarded by the National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), after obtaining the third place in the presentation of patent applications. The recognition was delivered on the same date-April 26-in which the “World Intellectual Property Day” is celebrated, promoted and established by the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to raise awareness of the community regarding this topic.

The event was held in Santiago and was attended by the Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, José Ramón Valente; of the Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Andrés Couve; of the Rector of the USM, Darcy Fuenzalida; of the Rector of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Ignacio Sánchez; and the Rector of the USACH, Juan Manuel Zolezzi.

The team of the OTTL (Office of Technology Transfer and Licensing) of the university, headed by its Director, Werner Creixell and its Manager, Carlos Vera, was also present at the meeting. The Office has as its fundamental role to reinforce the patenting and intellectual property of the house of Buenos Aires studios.

The ceremony was led by the National Director (s) of INAPI, Esteban Figueroa, who commented that “intellectual property rights provide the means by which researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, artists and others can legally protect their innovative products. and creative to get a reward for their work. “

“An environment that encourages innovation, creativity and that is diverse and inclusive, will help us face the main challenges and challenges of the country and improve the quality of life for all,” added Figueroa.

The Rector of the USM, Darcy Fuenzalida, received the distinction on behalf of the School and noted that “today we have received an award that highlights the work that the University has been doing in the generation of knowledge through the creation of patents. This award stands out in Chile as one of the best universities in the field of licensing and is a stimulus for the work we are doing. “

Women inventors

At the ceremony, in addition to rewarding universities for patent applications, INAPI decided to distinguish for the first time two women who through their inventions have contributed to the scientific and technological development of the country. The awarded ones in this occasion were Gloria Montenegro, scientist and professor of the PUC, and Barbarita Lara, engineer of the USM.

Barbarita Lara designed, developed and patented before INAPI an innovative system to maintain communication after a natural disaster. Her contribution has led her to be awarded in different latitudes and be highlighted by MIT among innovators under 35 years of age worldwide.

“It is an honor to receive a Chilean recognition and a recognition as great as being the inventor of the year. Show again that we are doing things right. This award is not only for me, but also for the other two inventors with whom we generate and create technology, which are Felipe Acevedo and Roberto Carvajal, “said Lara.


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