Survey INBOTS
Dear Madam / Sir,
INBOTS – Inclusive Robotics for a better society- is an European project which aims to create a community hub that can bring together experts to debate and create a responsible research and innovation paradigm for robotics. It tries to solve the lack of a clear understanding and communication among involved stakeholders, regarding technical and non-technical aspects, working with Interactive Robots (any robot that is interacting in close proximity with humans). In order to develop the planned tools and platform we need to collect meaningful information regarding the non-technical barriers in the development of the different robotic solutions in real-life applications. We thank you for filling the following survey, it will only take you 10 min. to complete.
Q.1 Please state the impact of the following topics for SMEs when developing Interactive robots *
Low
Rather low
No influence
Rather high
High
Collaboration with universities
Collaboration with research centres
Labour costs
Integration of IR into existing product markets
Infrastructure needed to integrate IR in existing environments / society
Availability of public funding
Access to financial resources (venture capital, etc)
Support for introduction to potential investors, business incubators, etc
Access to business and knowledge networks
Access to open technology standards based on licensing on FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory)
Location (rural vs urban) and sector addressed
Age and size of the SME
Q.2 Please state the impact of the following topics for SMEs when marketing Interactive robots *
Low
Rather low
No influence
Rather high
High
Demonstration of real added value, cost/benefit
Benchmarking applying objective assessments (usability, ergonomy, etc).
Life Cycle Issues
Help to commercialize IR and to build a culture of innovation using IR
Location (rural vs urban) and sector addressed
Age and size of the SME
Q.3 Please state the impact of the following topics for SMEs when protecting Intellectual Property (IP) in Interactive robots *
Low
Rather low
No influence
Rather high
High
Lack of awareness/knowledge (which IP instrument to use)
Availability of public funding
Risk of patent infringement
Long lead times when applying for national and international patents
Complexity & cost of IPR management
Enforcement of patent protection (mainly in low developed countries)
Protection of own IP when entering collaboration with larger companies
Q.4 Please state the interest of your company about the following types of IP protection and related topics in Interactive Robots
Low
Rather low
No influence
Rather high
High
World patent
European patent
National patent
Know-How and Trade secret
Protection of design
Copyright
Trademarks
“Freedom to operate”
Q.5 Patent infringement *
Never
Sometimes
Often
Has your company been reported because of a patent infringement?
Q.6 Have you ever had a success story when developing/ marketing / protecting IP with Interactive Robotics? If YES : (several answers are allowed)
Q.7 Have you ever had a fail story when developing/ marketing / protecting IP with Interactive Robotics? If YES : (several answers are allowed)
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