The IDIBAPS is a pioneering research centre with many opportunities for innovation and for affording protection to valuable ideas. However, to guarantee the successful implementation of innovation and the protection of knowledge, a suitable environment must be established.

IDIBAPS has a team to foster knowledge transfer and consolidating innovation in the research it promotes.

Protecting your ideas

One of the strategic objectives of the IDIBAPS is that of identifying research results that are of commercial interest. Once identified, they must be protected, and patented, whenever possible, in addition to ensuring their transfer to the production sector. Research generates know-how, and innovation transforms this know-how into products that reach both patients and the market.

The number of transfer projects identified has grown steadily, and so has the role played by the IDIBAPS as an entity that cooperates with private enterprise in different stages of the development of medicines and other therapies or technologies.

The objective of the innovation projects executed in this Institute is to narrow the gap between the academic sector, where the majority of research is carried out, and the industrial sector, which includes companies making pharmaceutical and biotechnological products and medical equipment.

Innovation is a culture

With the aim of improving people's health, the IDIBAPS is firmly committed to innovation in the healthcare sector. Above and beyond evaluating research and protecting knowledge, the IDIBAPS is concerned with promoting the use of new medical technologies that will improve patients' state of health, their quality of life and the efficacy of healthcare processes.

Taking innovation into consideration is not a complementary task in the routine work of researchers, but a philosophy that is present in all the activities they carry out. It is important for researchers, for patients and for the Institute.

What is a patent?

A patent is an exclusive right granted by law to inventors for a specific period of time, to prevent other persons from manufacturing, using and exploiting their inventions.

What can be patented depends on the patent laws existing in each country. Although there are many definitions, a patent of invention is normally granted if it meets the following requirements:

  • It is new or “original”. Information about the invention must in no case be published before the date on which the patent application is filed.
  • It must include an inventive step. This step must not be obvious to other persons with good knowledge and experience of the use to which the invention to be patented will be put.
  • It may be for use as an industrial application or as a tool. It must be possible to produce or use the invention in an industry.

Is publication incompatible with patenting?

No, but it is essential to do them in the right order. To comply with the requirement of novelty, the content of the patent cannot be published or divulged by any means before an application is made for the patent to be granted by the relevant organisation. In Spain, this organisation is the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM).

Once the application has been filed, the content of the invention may be published in scientific journals without having to wait for the patent to be granted.

The work carried out by the IDIBAPS is aimed at consolidating the innovative aspect of research.