In 2007 29 enterprises of area were engaged in inventive and rationalization activity. Almost all of them were in Nikolaev.
The number of inventors, authors of industrial samples and improvement suggestions last year made 454 persons every fifth of which is a woman.
It is more than a half (52,7%) of inventors and rationalizers worked in an industry, 27,1% - in higher educational institutions, 14,5% - at the enterprises which were engaged in researches and development, 5,5% - in agriculture, and only 1 innovator was in healthcare institutions.
From total number of innovators every second is a rationalizer. For 2007 the enterprises of area used 168 improvement suggestions the most part from which (94%) was applied in the industry.
Last year all activity in the sphere of legal protection of objects of intellectual property was carried out in Ukraine. The enterprises and the area organizations to State department of intellectual property of Ukraine submitted 184 applications for issue of security documents and 167 such documents are received. Most actively patented the technical ideas higher educational institutions: they submitted 71% of all applications and nearly three quarters of all issued security documents are received.
New technical ideas are constantly patented by National university of shipbuilding of a name of the admiral Makarov, the state agrarian university, the state university of a name of V. O. Sukhomlinsky, Institute of pulse processes and the NAN technologies of Ukraine, the NPKG "Dawn — Mashproyekt" state enterprise.
In 2007 of expense of the enterprises and the region organizations which are connected with protection of the rights for objects of intellectual property and use of improvement suggestions, made 1240 thousand UAH, from which 88,4% - costs of payment of remunerations to inventors and rationalizers.
Practical application of new knowledge is result of intellectual work. Last year 13 enterprises of different branches of economy of the region used 71 objects of intellectual property in the activity, namely: 43 inventions, 25 useful models and 3 industrial samples.