IP protection



1 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?
Mobile phones have become a substantial part of the modern and dynamic life. In case of problems such as lack of power supply, natural disasters, road accidents, distant use far from urban regions, the emergency phone charging could literally save lives. So this problem becomes more and more important each and every day. There are numerous solutions, provided by the rivals worldwide – hand-wound, solar powered, battery operated, chemical electrical power providing, but none of them operates at such vast temperature range as the proposed technical decision. The price range of the similar charger is also quite vast – starting from a few dollars for disposable units, such as Philips Power2Go, providing 30 minutes of talking, up to tenths of dollars for complicated hand-wound devices and combined power stations, which could be used hundreds of times. Each of these devices has its strong and week points, but the main advantage of the proposed model is its truly “emergency” feature – power supply at extreme and harsh conditions and temperatures, not affected by the climatic conditions. Light-weighted, this device could be used over 1000 charging cycles, providing fast and efficient charging.



2 What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
Cell phone technologies completely changed the modern world. Now loosing the connection with all the people one lives with or with World Wide Web is even unthinkable, thus leaving the difficulties with the communications far away in the past, for good. As the cell phone technology is a relatively young one itself, so is the need of emergency charging devices – a new, expanding market.  Staying connected to the world is also vital and lifesaving in case of natural disasters and other accidents and this is the reason boosting the development and marketing of various types and brands emergency chargers.

The proposed charging device is a excellent choice with its small size, versatility, multicycle use, power providing abilities in extreme weather conditions, important advantagies, which are priceless when you mostly need connection.


3 What is the potential for further research?
The potential for further developments in future research is very high. The device could be improved and implemented as a power source for numerous appliences, such as laptops, radios, entertainment devices, portable TVs, etc. Further modifications may improve the marketing potential of the product, boosting the market share.


4 What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
The WIPO registration system internal research, revealed worldwide granted for patents for analogical or similar charging devices. Therefore the IP protection could be filled as industrial design or as utility model, based on the differences in the construction, compared to the rivals. Besides this, the researcher could apply for granting an international trade mark. The large number of variation of such devices, offered at the worldwide market, makes this step compulsory in order to protect the know-how and the interests of the researcher.



5 What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
In order to apply for IP protection in the means of utility model the company must prepare a description, clearly stating the differences and strong sides of its technical decision, compared to those of the competitors. It is advisable also to be filled an application for trade mark protection before the Bulgarian Patent Office. In case of positive development the company could receive an EC IP registration, which could be extended into worldwide one at the next stage.  The approximate costs for the first stage IP protection for the European union are 7000 EUR.


6 What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
The research results of the invenor are already implemented in a working prototype. The prototype proved its main advantages – versatility, multicycle use, power providing abilities in extreme weather conditions and operating temperature ranges between -25 and +55 Degrees Centigrade. Its low cost, simplified operation and ecological design promises a good market share even in the tough mobile chargers market. The product does not require complexed or expensive equipment for manufacturing, thus making it an interesting proposal for future investors/funding.


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