Maria Rosa DE LA COLINA MONTERO
ELZABURU, S.L.P, Spain
Maria Rosa DE LA COLINA MONTERO holds an M.Sc. in chemistry with specialized studies in biochemistry and molecular biology and a second M.Sc. in Food Science and Technology. A European Patent Attorney since 2010, Rosa began her professional career as a biomedical researcher and has been a patent practitioner defending innovation since 2004. Her main areas of expertise are biotechnology, food technology , and pharmaceuticals, advising companies and research centers in patent drafting and prosecution, technology transfer and freedom to operate. She is active in advising and training scientists at research centers in industrial property matters and teaches in several degree programmes.
Biotechnology is a leading field of research. Society, however, does not take advantage of the many findings linked to Biotechnology because the findings are published before any action has been taken to transfer the associated knowledge and technology to those companies that can develop a commercial product and put it on the market. A suitable transfer of technology requires a solid support base for Technology Transfer Departments and a fluid relationship with their researchers. Patents, inter alia, can be one way to enhance the value of the technology to be transferred. Researchers should be aware of the possible benefits that technology transfers can mean for their groups. To prevent early disclosures, which would prevent further protection of IP rights, scientists should become familiar with the concepts of novelty, inventive step and sufficiency of description. This scenario could help to achieve strong patents, substantial revenue, a profitable transfer of technology and harmonisation of publication, and protection of inventions. A good knowledge of the special requirements for Biotechnology protection may help to avoid irreversible errors and to save money during the patent prosecution process. Proper advice is therefore recommended.
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