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?
Many companies on the global market produce similar products. Leaders on the market are companies from Great Britain, Germany and France.

The LR-3 has quality parametres similar to those of the leaders on the market. The significant difference is in the price – LR-3 can be offered on the local market at a price 3-4 times lower than that of the imported analogues.




2 What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
The main problem that has lead to the development of this R&D was the high price of similar products on the Bulgairan market – imported products.

To respond to the market demand for lower price, the R&D team has developed a new composition of this substance, which has equal quality parametres to those of the imported products. The R&D team claims that the quality of this product is in certain aspects even better than some of its analogues from abroad.



3 What is the potential for further research?
The present R&D result concerns only the treatment of ferrous metals agains rust, or for conversion of rust. The R&D team would like to continue its further research towards the development of a rust-convertor that can be applied on non-ferrous metals. This would lead to a significant expansion of the application area of rust convertors.

The R&D team claims to have the needed capacity, technical and human rources for making this research to achieve the results sought. The only resource missing for the time being is the financing.




4 What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
The R&D team is to submit an application for a utility model at the Buglarian Patent Office. The procedure of obtainning this IPR protection would cost around 1000-1500 EUR, and would take about 5-6 months.

As a next step, the R&D team is considering applying for a patent but that procedrue would take about 2 years time.




5 What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
The steps are:

  1. submit an application for a utility model at the Bulgarian Patent Office
  2. obtain IPR protection through utility model in about 6 months. Costs – about 1000-1500 EUR.
  3. Submit an application for a patent.
  4. Obtain a patent for Bulgaria in a bout 2 years. Costs – about 2-3000 EUR. Maintenance of the patent is needed for each consecutive year. Further analysis and survey would have to be made to assess whether the product would have export potential. Only then, if IPR protection abroad is needed, application and patenting has to be made for each target market (country) and shall be followed by costs for maintenance as well.




6 What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
The product is not based on significant innovation. Its development has been provoked by the fact that the imported products on the Buglarian market are at high price and that there was no producer of a Bulgarian analogue. The RL-3 is fully mature and is ready to be released on the market.

The potential for further research concerns the area of application – to develop a similar product that can be applied to non-ferrous metals.




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