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A framework to select innovations in patents to improve temporary edge protection systems in buildings

Método de seleção de inovações em patentes para aperfeiçoamento dos sistemas de proteção periférica em obras

Letícia Nonnenmacher Marcelo Fabiano Costella Monike de Medeiros Costella Tarcisio Abreu Saurin About the authors


This article presents a selection method of existing innovations in patents that propose improvements in Temporary Edge Protection Systems (TEPS). The method was divided into three stages. In stage 1, records were collected related to TEPS from the patent filing databases of the Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (National Institute of Industrial Property, Brazil), the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. In stage 2, patents were selected based on the TEPS evaluation protocol created by Peñaloza, Formoso and Saurin (2017)PEÑALOZA, G. A.; FORMOSO, C. T.; SAURIN, T. A. Identification and Assessment of Requirements of Temporary Edge Protection Systems for Buildings. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 2017., which examines safety, efficiency and flexibility criteria. In stage 3, four patents were selected among the 20 patents found related to guard rails and three related to protection nets. Based on the results, one invention stands out that uses hollow posts in protection barriers, which allows for modular movement with safety and flexibility. The framework proposed in this research is a useful resource for disseminating techniques included in TEPS patent databases.

Patents; Guard rails; Temporary edge protection systems

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