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In A New Milestone, IIT Kanpur Files Record-Breaking 122 IPRs In 2023

Edited by Shibu NK

Kanpur, January 03, 2024: In a remarkable display of innovation, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur IITK has achieved a notable milestone by filing a total of 122 Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and achieving an exceptional licensing rate of around 14% to industry partners in 2023. This accomplishment, according to a statement from IIT Kanpur, highlights the institute’s strength in cutting-edge research and innovation and marks its third straight year of securing the most IPRs in its history, taking the overall achievement to 1039 IPRs to date.

The 122 IPRs filed include 108 patents, 4 design registrations, 3 copyrights, and 1 trademark application, along with 4 US and 2 China patents, the statement said. The year also saw 167 IPRs being granted with 15 technologies licensed.

The patents for inventions from varied domains such as MedTech and Nano Technology include innovative healthcare solutions like a portable medical suction device and a continuous lung health monitoring system. Other notable patents include solid-state sodium-ion batteries and an affordable Braille learning device for the blind and visually impaired.

“We are proud to maintain the momentum by filing 122 IPRs, achieving a record of over 100 filings in our institute for the third year in a row,” said Prof. S Ganesh, Director, IIT Kanpur, expressing his enthusiasm on the achievement.

Prof Ganesh added that the collaborative spirit among the researchers and the support from various stakeholders have played a pivotal role in reaching this milestone.

The Institute also saw a substantial increase in the number of IPRs granted in the calendar year. The 167 patents include innovations such as a gas sensor for detecting ammonia at room temperature, a method and apparatus for treating industrial wastewater, a tactile watch for the visually impaired, and a lateral flow immunoassay strip for detecting mastitis in bovines.

Prof. Tarun Gupta, Dean, Research & Development, IIT Kanpur, said, “Inventors are thinking beyond publications; patent filing and technology transfer have become the real accomplishments, proving reproducibility. The increase in the number of IPRs is attributed to a simple process of patent filing, an enabling policy framework by the government, and support from the IPR management committee members.”