OSIM’s Alexandru Cristian Strenc: Despite economic crisis number of patented inventions increases significantly

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The number of patented inventions increased significantly despite the recent economic crisis, with about 1,489 applications for patents, deputy managing director of the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM) Alexandru Cristian Strenc, D Eng, told in an interview.

„If we consider multi-annual statistics, we find that in ’87-’88 there were about 5,400 applications for patents filed by the Romanians every year. Afterwards there was a collapse of patenting. There was a continuous decline till 2007 and they came to the lowest level after the Second World War, which was almost equal to the one in 1937,” said the OSIM deputy managing director.

Alexandru Strenc went onto say that, after a slow growth in 2008-2009, in the years that came immediately, that is in 2010 and 2011, there was an increase of about 30 percent and then another one, 8 percent.

„We can say that, despite a major economic crisis, the number of patented inventions grew significantly, up to about 1,489 applications for patents, namely an about 38 percent increase from that gap in 2007 I would like to forget,” said the OSUM deputy managing director.

Referring to some of the effects of the actions taken by OSIM in order to stimulate invention registration, Alexandru Cristian Strenc made it clear that, at present, Romanian universities have the most important share in the total applications for patents: from 3-4 percent 10 years ago they came to 250-300 applications a year, which accounts for about 20 percent of all the applications for patents that were filed.

„But we are expecting both research and the SMEs to be much more active. There are researchers, especially young ones. There is no doubt about it. Protection charges are moderate, but people do not understand that the patent, the trademark and the other titles of intellectual property give the owner a privileged status, practically a monopoly granted by the state for turning the products or services under consideration to account on the market. There is no more powerful instrument of the market economy than the industrial property,” said the OSIM deputy managing director.

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