PCT validated for Global ID on 152 countries

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has validated the innovative nature of the project METHOD AND DEVICE FOR BIOMETRIC VASCULAR RECOGNITION AND/OR IDENTIFICATION – 3D FINGER VEIN BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION – , and grants GLOBAL ID a patent with an extension of protection at the international level, de facto integrating the 152 signatory countries of the PCT system (Patent Cooperation Treaty).

The full version: https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2019150254

All the scientists from the IDIAP Research Institute and from the HES-So Valais Wallis, who have worked on the collective development of this technology, are naturally mentioned in the statement.

19 months have elapsed between the filing of the above-mentioned patent andthis publication dated 8 August 2019. Period when GLOBAL ID has progressed in parallel on many topics:

  • The strict protection of privacy (LASEC/EPFL)
  • Operational pilots at the Jura Hospital
  • A partnership with the Atos Group (integration / maintenance)
  • STO fundraising with Tokenestate
  • A miniaturization of our scanners (in progress)
  • And some future projects to come

The official website of WIPO explains :

« Innovation means doing something new that improves a product, process or service. Many innovations can be protected through intellectual property (IP) rights.

PCT – The International Patent System

A patent is a private right that is granted by a government authority. It only has a legal effect in the country (or region) in which it is granted. So inventors or companies that want to protect their technology in foreign markets need to seek patent protection for their new technologies in those countries.

WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) is designed to make the process of obtaining patent protection in up to 152 different countries easier and less costly.

Within a year of filing for patent protection in their own country, inventors can set in motion the process of obtaining patent protection in each of the markets in which they wish to sell their technology by filing a single international application via the PCT.

This offers many potential advantages:

  • Any rights granted using the PCT flow from the initial filing date of the national patent application.
  • Users benefit from a common set of rules and regulations which have been agreed upon and are followed by all 152 members of the Treaty. This means there is a high level of legal certainty and no nasty surprises.
  • The full cost of obtaining patents in multiple countries – which can be quite high –are deferred by up to 18 months. This means that applicants have an opportunity totest the market or to attract new business partners.
  • Users of the PCT automatically benefit from an assessment which gives informal (non-binding) feedback on the patentability of their technology. This can be very helpful in shaping a company’s patenting strategy.”

Yasmina Sandoz

Marketing and Communication Manager



Posted on

August 29, 2019


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