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?
 

Smart eyes was an innovative product when it was first introduced in 2003 and won an award in the 2004 Imagine Cup scientific contest. Since then GPS technology has been integrated in many types and models of mobile phones and pocket PCs. This means that the actual Smarteyes device can now be replaced by them, and the R&D team can provide the Smarteyes services as various plugins. Also the voice recognition technology has also been developed further. Other technologies that can be used today are the RFID and the electronic compass.

 

2 What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
 

The research result is responding to the need of people with vision impairment for guidance. The problem of guidance for the visually impaired is faced by methods as the white cane, guide dogs and software using GPS technology.

 

3 What is the potential for further research?
 

The potential for further research is to guide people with hard of vision not only to where they want to go, but also give them information for the external environment (roads, traffic lights, obstacles etc) that may not be included in the GPS.

 

4 What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
This R&D result can be secured with a patent.

 

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

Patents

According to Law 1733/1987 “Technology Transfer, Patents and Technological Invention” (articles 1-4), the institution competent to grant Patents in Greece, is the Industrial Property Organization (OBI -http://www.obi.gr). The applicant submits the patent specification (Description, Claims, Abstract, Drawings) to OBI, who, in a period of approximately 8 months, send to the applicant the Search Report. The applicant may submit observations on the Search Report, within three months from its’ issuing. If the observations are accepted, the Examiner transforms the Search Report. In any case, Examiner issues the Final Search Report, according to which, the Patent is granted or not. If the Patent is to be granted, the applicant is informed about paying the Editing and Granting Fees.

A Patent is granted within 18 months from the date of the submission of the Application. All the patent information remains secret for a period of 18 months, even if the Patent finally is not granted to the Applicant. The Patent is valid for 20 years from the date of the submission of the application (priority date), without any extension of the protection period.

The Patent is valid for a period of twenty (20) years, provided the applicant/owner of the Patent, pays the yearly protection fees in due time. OBI does not inform the owner about the expiration of the time limits. It is the applicant’s responsibility to pay in due time. Payment of the yearly protection fees may be accepted within 6 months from the expiration, with a 50% penalty fees. Publication of the abstract is made on the official OBI Newsletters.

 

Greek National Costs

National Patent

According to the official site of the Industrial Property Organization (OBI- http://www.obi.gr), the organization competent for granting Patents, the cost for a national Patent, to be filled, granted and protected for 20 years, is as follows (2010 costs):

Filling Fees       50,00

Additional Filling Fees for each claim exceeding ten 30,00 per claim

Search Report Fees       800,00 + 300,00 = 1100

Granting Fees   150,00

Fees for register the transfer, licensing, or rights amendments, company name amendment, change of proprietor/owner        200,00

Annual protection fees    

Year of protection                                          Cost         

1st 0
2nd 0
3rd                   20
4th 50
5th 80
6th      90
7th   100
8th 115
9th 140
10th 190
11th 240
12th 300
13th 400
14th 500
15th 600
16th 700
17th 800
18th 900
19th 1000
20th 1100

 

There are also legal fees of the Attorney who will prepare the patent Specification (i.e. Description, Claims, Abstract).

 

 

6 What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
 

The R&D result has the potential for becoming an excellent product for every person around the world with hard of vision.

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