PONS IP and the Spanish Federation of Technology Centers (Fedit), one of the main private R&D+i promoters in the country, have signed a framework agreement for collaboration in promoting innovation and technology transfer with the joint implementation of advisory, knowledge, research and dissemination projects on the importance of intellectual property in R&D+i activity within the 34 Technology Centers currently included in the Spanish Federation and its more than 21,000 client companies.
Through this agreement, PONS IP will offer its knowledge and expertise to the Technology Centers so as to help identify and adequately protect intangible technological assets, as well as to promote their access to the market and to boost the return of R&D+i activity of more than 4,500 researchers in Spain.
The agreement also involves the incorporation of the Fedit to the Academic Council of the PONS Business School innovation-oriented training programs, as Innovation Practitioners or as part of the Master of Intellectual Property, Competition, and New Technologies, among others. Through Fundación PONS, awareness-raising projects aimed at society as a whole will also be launched to help promote greater awareness of the strategic role of innovation in the social and economic development of Spain.
For the general manager of PONS IP, Nuria Marcos, this agreement ‘shows the growing importance of strategically managing the intellectual property of Technology Centers’ assets. In a complex scenario, both from a competitive and regulatory point of view, and after seeing new technologies (such as blockchain or artificial intelligence) proliferate, we are very excited to help maintain the leadership of Technology Centers in the national R&D+i sphere by adding value and achieving the maximum economic return of innovation’.
On the other hand, Áureo Díaz-Carrasco, manager of the Fedit, pointed out that ‘connecting the Technology Centers with the excellent work in training and leadership regarding GPI management that Fundación PONS is carrying out, represents a necessary step in its strategy towards their consolidation as organizations that drive business competitiveness by means of innovation. Organizing joint activities that promote knowledge, research and study in R&D+i, technology transfer and intellectual property is essential to us, even more so in times of crisis, like what we are currently going through’ he added.