IPA 2021

In the marvelous frame of the Italian Pavilion at Expo2020 in Dubai, on February 28th  and March 1st has been held the final phase of the Intellectual Property Award (IPA) 2021 competition, promoted by the Italian Patent and Trademark Office of the Ministry of Economic Development in collaboration with Netval (the Italian Network for the Valorization of the Public Research). An award dedicated to the excellence of Italian public research, characterized by expertise, competence and dynamism.

IPA 2021 has received a great response, with 217 patents submitted in the seven technological areas: 1- Agritech and Agrifood, 2- Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, 3- Green Technologies and Alternative Materials, 4- Life Science and Health Care, 5- Aerospace, 6- Renewable Sources, Alternative Energy and Water, 7- Future Mobility.

The OXiNEMS patent Low-power magnetometer for improved sensors integration in future vehicles has passed the severe selection by a panel of national experts and get access to the 35 finalists (5 per category) presented at Expo2020 Dubai.

Federico Maspero, team delegate of OXiNEMS, presented at IPA 2021 ceremony in the “Future Mobility” category the conceived MEMS magnetometer to ease the integration between magnetic sensors and inertial sensors, offering both high performance (e.g., sensors alignment), with low power consumption and possibility of integration into existing processes. At the ceremony was present also Silvia Cella as CNR - TTOffice representative. The IPA2021 prize in the Future Mobility category was won by the University of Bologna with the patent “Self-confident: online learning for detecting depth sensor failures”, a solution to increase the safety and efficacy of autonomous driving systems.

Notwithstanding, congratulation to Federico and all the OXiNEMS team working on this technology that led to the Italian patent application No. 102020000007969 and the International patent application No. WO2021209891 A1.