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?
The solution relates to a device that assists the spatial orientation of the blind and those with impaired vision. Numerous devices have been developed in this field to date. There are those that use some sort of image recording device to “reveal” the area in front of the person using the device and the image observed by the mini-camera built into, for example, spectacles is subjected to form recognition with the help of algorithms, then the user is informed about the result in the form of sound messages. Recently devices based on ultrasound distance measurement have also come into the foreground.

An example of the former version is shown in industrial rights protection document EP 1.200.034 and of the latter in HU P 09 00494.

 

 

2

What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
Making it easier for the blind and those with impaired vision to move about independently has increasing significance in the 21st century as the social integration of persons living with disabilities is in the interest of the whole of society all over the world. The greatest problem is presented by moving about in an unknown enclosed space fitted out with obstacles (e.g. furniture), so a small, low consumption, simply operable device needs to be created to make this easier. The known solutions did not meet all the conditions listed above.

The solution endeavours to meet all these three conditions at the same time by transmitting the spatial sensing via touch sensing with the help of a mechanically operated pin system in the place of the usual sound communication.

In the solution the transformation of the image sensed by the camera is also formed differently to what is usual.

 

 

3

What is the potential for further research?
Adapting the pin system to touch sensing, i.e. the pressure, the distance between the pins, the optimisation of the grid arrangement all demand further detailed consideration.

 

 

4

What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
The mechanical pin system, as image-touch transformer – following preliminary patent research – may be suitable for protection with utility model protection.

After constructing the prototype of a working device, it is practical to submit a trademark application to protect the service provided by the device.

 

 

5

What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
Submittal of a utility model application after performing patent research. The cost of this is HUF 400,000-600,000 for the patent research and HUF 300,000 for the utility model application. Later, after a period of a year, international rights extension may be possible.

The trademark application that may be submitted, the cost of which is approx. HUF 240,000.

 

 

6

What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
In the case of the blind and those with impaired vision information needs to be provided not only in relation to the size and position of the obstacles but also in relation to their distance from the disabled persons. In the case of the pin system depth position, as important information, does not seem to be provided by the basic device. This is the deficiency of the solution.

 

 

 

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

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State-of-the-art/innovation     x    
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