How to reconcile technological development and social and environmental issues? In order to contribute to solutions in this area, INPI has the program Patentes Verdes, which was the theme of a talk show at the Museu do Amanhã on January 16th. Gisele Almeida, INPI researcher and PhD in Quality Management in Food Science and Technology, explained that the program carries out priority examination of patent applications related to technologies that reduce environmental impacts.
According to her, INPI initiative benefits society because it reduces the time for the availability of new green technologies in the market. It also benefits the inventor, who by obtaining the patent letter quickly, has greater legal certainty in licensing negotiations. At the same time, it encourages competitors to invest in research and innovation to achieve competitive advantages, generating sustainable technological advancement.
The main technologies filed since the creation of the program in 2011 until February 2017 are waste management (51.3%), alternative sources of energy (28%) and agriculture (10.2%).
Providing a business perspective on the benefits of obtaining a green patent, Newton Souza, Legal, Environment, People and Supplies Director at New Steel, detailed the technology developed by the company for treatment and beneficiation of iron ore and tailings with big water saving and less generation of waste.
The executive said that obtaining the green patent gave visibility to the company, which was able to win a sectorial award for its innovation. According to Souza, the patent application was made in several countries and Brazil was the first country to grant it, thanks to Patentes Verdes. In the United States, the patent was granted a month later. As a whole, the company obtained protection for the technology in 12 countries.
“INPI took the lead and is certainly an example for other industrial property offices in the world,” Newton Souza said.
Professor Elba Bon of the Institute of Chemistry of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) moderated the debate and presented every research developed in the areas of clean energy and biomass. UFRJ, together with the Federal University of Santa Catarina, obtained a green patent for the production process of organic molecules from biomass.