IP protection




Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?
In literature, a certain number of papers and publications about detecting a totally or partially occluded human face in a scene can be found. Several algorithms are used for the detection and all are focused on achieving the maximum detection rate or the minimum rate of false alarms in function of illumination variations or back light (e.g. the Sun) conditions. Some of the papers tell about good experimental results.

What is not very clear is how many algorithms have been really implemented in commercial access control systems and how they perform in the “real life”.

Eye-Go is one of the actors in the panorama that aims to make the last step: tailoring a laboratory software to obtain commercial product.







What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
Face detection is a computer technology that determines the locations, sizes and facial traits of human faces in digital images.  There are many research results and applications of face detection, Eye-Go has focused on specializing the software on cases like faces partially occluded by sunglasses or by tights.







What is the potential for further research?
The potential is represented by the discover of new cases in which current algorithms are showing poor performance in terms of false alarms or fast response. That cases are not easy to be built artificially and may come with the application of the algorithms on a large number of situations  coming from the real usage.







What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
The research result is a software and it is not a stand-alone product.

At the moment two possibilities are envisaged: copyright or patent. The patent will be considered if the result will become part of a complete “machine” usable as a stand-alone product for access control.








What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
Since a simple web search shows some pertinent issues (e.g. on Google), the first step is to perform a patent search, the cost is not considered relevant.

Copyright protection by the registration of the software on the Public Register for computer programs has a cost starting from 120 €.

A similar level of protection can be made by the researcher by sending the software description and the software itself on a CD in a closed envelop by certified mail to himself. The stamp certifies the date of release of the software and can be used against claims of originality or to claim originality.

The patent costs in Italy are around 2500 € (up front) + increasing annual fees from 60€ up to 650€ in the 20 year period.





What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
At scientific level the research result is at good level of maturity. Some issues may arise with existing (and possibly patented) products or methods.








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