African Journal of
Biotechnology

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12370

Full Length Research Paper

Prospective study of dental implantology related patents in Brazil

Lídia Audrey Rocha Valadas
  • Lídia Audrey Rocha Valadas
  • School of Pharmacy, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Rosueti Diógenes Oliveira Filho
  • Rosueti Diógenes Oliveira Filho
  • School of Pharmacy, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Carlos Eduardo Francischone
  • Carlos Eduardo Francischone
  • Bauru College of Dentistry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Mara Assef Leitão Lotif
  • Mara Assef Leitão Lotif
  • School of Pharmacy, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Mary Anne Medeiros Bandeira
  • Mary Anne Medeiros Bandeira
  • School of Pharmacy, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Marta Maria de França Fonteles
  • Marta Maria de França Fonteles
  • School of Pharmacy, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Taynã Coelho Simões
  • Taynã Coelho Simões
  • School of Pharmacy, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Francisco Josimar Girão Júnior
  • Francisco Josimar Girão Júnior
  • Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Ana Cristina de Mello Fiallos
  • Ana Cristina de Mello Fiallos
  • School of Pharmacy, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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Carlos Ricardo de Queiroz Martiniano
  • Carlos Ricardo de Queiroz Martiniano
  • Department of Clinical Dentistry, School of Dentistry-Campus Sobral, Federal University of Ceara, Brazil.
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  •  Received: 21 December 2019
  •  Accepted: 28 May 2020
  •  Published: 31 January 2021

Abstract

Technological innovation and the development of new products is what currently boost the competitiveness between enterprises and moves the economy. The technical-scientific advances in Dentistry grow each day and there are great investments by research centers and universities in new materials, especially in dental implantology. The objective was to evaluate the patents deposited and granted in implantology at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in Brazil. This is a prospective study with searches performed during March 2020 on patents in dental implantology deposited and granted in the INPI. The research was carried out in titles and abstracts of reports on patent applications from the first deposit through to the most current using the search terms "dental implants" and "implantology". The information was extracted from documents and organized into tables and graphs. From 1988, the date of the first deposit, through to 2019 there were 139 patent application deposits. Among the deposited patents, 54% (75) were classified as utility model patents and 25% (35) as invention patents, the others 21% (29) have been in analysis. Brazil holds 80.6% (112) of deposits, and the others are from countries in Latin America, North America, Europe and Africa, and virtually all patents are of type A, which refers to products of human needs. Most deposits of patents for use in implantology in the INPI relate to implant and prosthetic component accessories, indicating greater investment by industry in Brazil in this sector. However, in 30 years there were only 134 deposited patents, suggesting that the importation of products in the area is still great, which consequently makes the products of this area more expensive. Thus, investments in patents play an important role in technological and economic development of a country.
 
Key words: Dental implants, intellectual property, patents.