The pandemic has boosted the creativity of Peruvians, says the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi) of Peru, which revealed it received 833 applications for inventions so far this year, a number that almost equals the amount (904) for all 2019.

Between January and July 2020, the Department of Inventions and New Technologies (DIN) of Indecopi collected those 833 applications, which came from more than 1,500 inventors.

38% of these applications have a connection with combating the causes and effects of the global pandemic caused by covid-19, DIN reported.

According to numbers shared by Indecopi, of the 833 applications submitted, 66% correspond to projects carried out by independent inventors; 18% to academic and research centers (both public and private); while the remaining 16% to Peruvian companies.

“In total, these projects have involved the participation of 1,514 inventors, 67% of whom are men and 33% women,” the organization points out.

Applications were received through the main DIN programs for the protection of creations, such as the National Patent Program (PATENTA), the Special Contest “Patents against COVID-19” and the Design Protection Program (PPD).

As Indecopi details in a statement, “DIN evaluates each registered project and offers free technical support for the preparation and filing of a patent or industrial design application, for those new products that have the potential to be protected.”

Source: Indecopi

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