Intellectual property

Knowledge Transfer

Innovation Management

General information


Innovation management and knowledge transfer for innovation

Process that PROINNOVA uses to analyze the potentially innovative knowledge, generate different marketing, intellectual property and prototyping improvement strategies as well as detecting strategic alliances in order to potentiate its development and transfer to society.


Intellectual property

Intellectual property is a tool that grants recognition for the innovative effort to authors and inventors and allows them to define and regulate the ways they wish to share their knowledge with others. The University of Costa Rica’s is to protect potentially innovative knowledge so it can benefit society and prevent it’s unscrupulous use by third parties.

Intellectual property protection strategies

There are several ways to protect intellectual property and they are divided in two fields: Author’s Rights and Related Rights and Industrial Property Rights.

To better understand these concepts, please refer to the following definitions:

  • Author’s Rights: this type of protection includes literary and artistic works such as books, letters, pamphlets, conferences, dramas, musicals, choreographies, cinematography and similar work.
  • Related Rights: rights of artists (for example speakers, singers and announcers),   performers (for example musicians) and producers.
  • Invention patents: protection of new inventions solving technical problems.
  • Industrial designs: protection of esthetic or ornamental aspects of a product.
  • Utility models: protection of the configuration, disposition, shape or structure modifications performed on any utensil, tool or object.
  • Trademarks and distinctive signs: this type of protection is used to protect the signs or combination of signs that allows the distinction between goods or services from one person to the other.
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights: this right protects plant varieties developed by breeders.
  • Industrial secrets or undisclosed information: protection of valuable information from being disclosed. Therefore, it involves confidentiality agreements that  commits both parties to prevent them from revealing information that provides a competitive advantage.


How does it work at the UCR?

The University has employed different types of protection of intellectual property in order to
safeguard the knowledge generated at the institution and the ends for which it was created.

Intellectual property protection indicators

University of Costa Rica

        Types of protection for intellectual property     Número
Registered trademarks 273
Registered author’s rights 12
Licensing 17
Patents applications 19*
Registered designs and industrial models 7
Patents issued 10
Spin-offs 3**
Registered plant breeder’s rights 1
Registered utility model patent 1

*Historically, the University of Costa Rica has submitted 19 patent requests
** Sercapex, Siwa, Green Vac (Spain), Lutzein Innovations S.A.

Latest update: 30 August 2017


Knowledge transfer from the UCR

Knowledge transfer refers to the transfer of different UCR-defined channels to ensure that a solution reaches a social group that may require it, for example, training, student internships, college community work and for PROINNOVA, the transfer of potentially innovative knowledge through intellectual property use contracts. All these mechanisms operate according to the University’s mission which is to generate equality and have a positive impact over the transformations required by the Costa Rican society.

In this sense, the work of PROINNOVA is focused on the improvement or creation of innovative products, services and management models that may be transferred for-profit or not for profit to the socio-productive sector. This is done through some of the following mechanisms: alliances for social innovation, trademark licenses, industrial secret licenses, patent licenses, licenses for the creation of university startups (spin-off) and training.









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