Mexico’s Academia: The Patent Machine
The five most innovative patent requests made by the Innovation and Development Coordination (CID) at UNAM were highlighted by Miguel Ángel Margáin, Director General of the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) last Friday, Apr. 27 during the sixth edition of the Program for the Development of Patents and Innovation (PROFOPI).
In 2017 alone, the academic institution presented 53 patent applications and was awarded 43. Since the creation of IMPI’s Patent System, UNAM has submitted 413 patent requests, making it the system’s primary submitter. To capitalize on the patents submitted, UNAM also launched an Innovation Binational Node (NoBI-U) together with Anáhuac University, with the support of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT). The purpose of the node will be to find business and commercial applications to the universities’ lab developments.
UNAM’s R&D efforts contrast with the World Bank’s figures, which show that, as of 2015, Mexico falls far short of investing more than 1 percent of its GDP in research and development. Yet the country’s energy-focused academia and scientific community have all hands on deck to contribute to Mexico’s clean energy goal of 35 percent of clean energy generation by 2024, along with the ambitious CO2 emissions reduction.
In 2015, for instance, the Center of Scientific Research and Superior Education of Ensensada (CICESE), Baja California, created its very own Renewable Energy Laboratory. Its primary focus is to design prototypes in PV systems, efficient wind turbines and water desalination stations powered up with renewable energy.
Mexico Presents Home-made Electric Car
Mexico’s private sector is working to contribute to the country’s R&D endeavors. True to Mexico’s thriving and mature automotive industry, Zacua, the country’s first electric vehicle manufacturer, presented its M2 and M3 electric vehicles during the inauguration of its assembly plant, located in Industrial Park Puebla 2000 on April 27, 2018.