Researchers at IIT-Madras have reportedly filed 184 patents in 2020 despite the lockdown. In a statement released by the premier institute it said that "researchers and students filed for the patents overcoming the several months of nation-wide lockdown,".
"This includes nine patents related to COVID-19 for inventions ranging from systems and methods for detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, a standalone, portable single-use and wireless ventilator system and a system for non-invasive calibration-free blood pressure measurement," it said.
Patents were also filed in areas including 5G, telecommunications, sensors and instrumentation. It also filed 65 international patents in 2020.
"Over the years, IIT Madras has created an ecosystem that encourages and facilitates its researchers towards filing patents," the release added.
Prof. Ravindra Gettu, Dean of the Centre for Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research (ICSR), said the institute has facilitated continuous support to its faculty members and students for patent filing over the last decade.