Innovation, Science and Technology
Ecopetrol is the national company that holds and has requested the greatest number of patents in Colombia. In the past 6 years, 118 new patent applications were filed within the country and abroad, of which 28 correspond to 2011. In that year, three new patents were granted and so far in 2012 four more have been grated (two in Mexico and two in Colombia) completing 28 patents in force. Seven copyrights were also registered, reaching 127, and two new trademarks were granted, thus totaling 33 brands for Ecopetrol.
As a product of the application of technological solutions between the ICP and the company´s operational areas, economic benefits certified by the businesses (CBPs) are generated. In the past five years, due to the benefits of implementing the technology solutions, the budget executed by the Institute (which amounts to some US$ 277 million) has been outstripped more than sevenfold. In 2011, certified economic benefits of US$ 445 million were generated, while so far in 2012 the operating businesses have certified technology benefits of US$ 141 million.
Moreover, each year Ecopetrol, through the ICP, presents the R&D projects to Colciencias for the purpose of certifying investment in Science and Technology. In 2011, Colciencias recognized investments of US$50.83 million. In 2010 and 2009, US$ 46.5 and 50.8 million were recognized, respectively.