In 2020, the Algarve dropped 69,6% in patent applications submitted to the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI) when compared to 2019, according to a bulletin published by Inventa, a consultant specializing in intellectual property. In turn, Alentejo rose by 90,3%.
In an analysis made to the Portuguese regions, more specifically the requests submitted to the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI), the North region has consolidated its position, having achieved a 7% increase in national requests in 2020. In terms of European patent applications, the North region had an increase of 12%, compared to the period of 2019.
In turn, the Alentejo region had an increase of 90,3%, and the Center region of 8,1%. Madeira, on the other hand, registered a decrease of around 28,6% and the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon of 21,3%.
The main applicants originating in Portugal, with applications submitted in 2020, are the University of Minho and the University of Porto, which share the leadership in the number of inventions presented. The data are from the “Patents Made in Portugal 2021” barometer carried out by Inventa, a company specialized in the protection of intellectual property and copyright.
The pharmaceutical, civil engineering, medical technology and fine organic chemical sectors are the ones that stand out the most in patent applications originating in Portugal, although inventions related to computer technologies and digital communication are on the rise.
In general terms, comparing Portugal's position compared to other European countries, our country rose nine positions in the European ranking of patent applications between 2001 and 2019, which corresponds to a seven-fold increase (in 2001, Portugal had 305 applications submitted; in 2019 it reached 2150 requests).
«Although it did not reach the top 10 in Europe, the average annual growth rate of orders originating in Portugal was 10,8%. Leading the European ranking are Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and Portugal, in 2019, was in 20th place», says Inventa.