Background: Investments in patents are more and more widespread at the capitalism, because all the system working is related to the innovation and the technological and scientific advance, in which the industries and universities have a fundamental rule. When those researches generate a product, this can be patented, being deposited initially on an intellectual property bank and thus the inventor and his group will have exclusively the product rights by a time period that varies according to the country legislation. Objective: Due do the increasing interest from the general universities in innovation, the objective was to conduct a prospective study about patents deposited by the Federal University of Ceara (UFC) at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) that is the organ responsible by the Brazil intellectual property. To do so, were selected all the deposited patents by the university till nowadays. Experimental Section: Were found deposits of 123 patents, in which 43 hadn’t achieved the publication process and 3 expired. Conclusion: After the analyses of the Federal University of Ceara patents, is concluded that the majority is related to the products classes with medical, dental and hygiene finalities and that the interest of the refereed university in relation to the intellectual property protection is still small, being interesting a greater divulgation on the subject in the university.
Key words: Universities, Intellectual Property l, Patents, Technology, Prospective Studdy.