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ROSA, Wellington Luiz de Oliveira da et al. Technological monitoring of dentin desensitizing agents. RFO UPF [online]. 2014, vol.19, n.1, pp. 107-114. ISSN 1413-4012.

The strategic use of scientific and technological information related to dentin desensitizing agents may allow opportunities for scientific and technological projects in accordance with public policies to stimulate innovation. Objective: To perform a technological monitoring of dentin desensitizing agents in order to obtain an overview that allows analyzing the current context, and to obtain opportunities for technological prospecting. Materials and method: A systematic search was performed on American (USPTO), Japanese (JPO), Brazilian (INPI), and European (EPO) patent databases. Additionally, the Questel Orbit system was used as reference source. Scientific information was obtained from Pub- Med, Scopus, Web of Science, and Scielo databases. Studies and patents from January 1965 to October 2013 relating to desensitizing agents were selected. Questel Orbit and Microsoft Office Excel 2010 software were used to build and review the database. Results: A total of 261 patents and 728 articles fulfilled the inclusion criteria. According to countries with priority in patents, the United States holds 51%, followed by Japan with 20%. Moreover, the main authors of the articles are not prospecting in this technology, since there was no relationship between them and the main inventors of the patents. Conclusion: It was possible to obtain an overview of the dentin desensitizing agents sector, which shows a low technological appropriation of this dental industry by Brazil. The consolidation of public policies to stimulate projects between scientific and technological institutions in poorly explored knowledge boundaries, are strategic alternatives for an effective presence of the Brazilian industry in this market sector.

Palavras-chave : Dentin desensitizing agents.; Patent indicators.; Dental materials..

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