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?

At national level the University has provided an information system developed by the student office KION CINECA, which SIGEPI connects for acquiring and integrate data with custom views and other data directly edited from their panels. The tools provided by SIGEPI are in compliance with ISO 9001 for the University and in particular the needs of universities telematics.

2

What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
The Telematics  University  UNIDAV felt the need to create a computer application to enable web professionals to tutor students and answering their e-learning courses to manage students, exams, the training offer, the payment of taxes and budgetary data.
UNIDAV required to implement the system SIGEPI the management procedures of the quality assurance process.

3

What is the potential for further research?

From the scientific perspective the additional research activities would be able to investigate the mechanisms of interaction between students, professionals and enterprises and improving service.

4

What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (Patent, license, trademark etc.)
It intends to implement a procedure for granting a patent license to use the resulting system.

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 Italy, a patent application may be filed with the various Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture or at the Italian Patent and Trademark Office – UIBM – in Rome, or electronically.
From 1 July 2008, with Ministerial Decree of June 27, 2008, applications for patent for industrial invention without priorities are subject to scrutiny.
Once filed, a patent application is first examined to see if it affects national defence, is then examined to see if it is formally correct. It has the ability to send UIBM claims translated into English, or paying the exploration fee. Submission of translated claims or payment of exploration fee may be made not later than two months from the filing date, subject to rejection of the application. Upon receipt of the patent application UIBM assigns the class and a pre-filtering to eliminate the questions are clearly not protectable.
If the patent application is not of interest to national defence and if it is formally correct, is sent in the Office of European Patent Office (EPO) that performs a prior art search and submit UIBM, within nine months from the filing date, a report and a preliminary opinion.
In urgent cases you can take to IPTO, which reserves an accelerated procedure.
EPO carries out research on the basis of the claims translated with the support of the description translated by software, if not already provided to the filing. In case of doubt on the research you can request a copy of the translation performed by software.
EPO cannot rely on the unity of invention and scan only a portion of the patent.
From 1 July 2008 it has been also introduced a fee for each subsequent claim to the 10th.
Receiving the search report and the preliminary opinion, there are 9 months to make any comments or voluntary changes to the text. At the age of 18 months from the date of filing the documentation is made available to the public and the application is examined by the examiners Italian, which must be based on the research report and may use the prior opinion issued by EPO only as reference.

A patent subject to the new Italian procedure, which is extended at a European or PCT, may be entitled to a portion of reimbursement of the search fee, if the claims are identical to those of the first Italian storage.

In case of application for early release, if the research is still ongoing, the patent is granted without research, and in the public file, it is noted that has not been searched.
There are also countries that stipulate that third parties can oppose the granting final, by submitting a reasoned request within a defined period from the date of grant by the Patent Office of the State.

6

What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
Positive if achieved in the short period

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

Scientific maturity

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X

5

Synergies

1

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X

4

5

State-of-the-art/innovation

1

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3

X

5

IPR-potential

1

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X

4

5

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