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Solicitudes de patentes y de patentes en retos sociales

Applications for patents and for patents in social challenges

The total number of applications for patents is an indicator of the innovation effort and of the competitive advantage of companies. Patents in social challenges indicate applications in technologies related with the environment and health.

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