Technology portfolio


While evaluating the success of technology transfer is a difficult task, invention disclosures and patents are usually key metrics in the field.
As a necessary first step to any patent filing, an invention disclosure aims to identify a technology with a certain level of maturity and some promising economic potential. A patent committee examines each invention disclosure and decides to move forward with a patent filing or not.
Following is a list of our published patents (3 granted, 7 pending applications). If you are interested in enriching your IP portfolio by buying one of them or if you would like to know about the licensing possibilities and conditions, please contact us.

Granted patents

  • US 9,689,959 B2 A. Asaei, H. Bourlard, V. Cevher, “Method, apparatus and computer program product for determining the location of a plurality of speech sources” [ref: IDIAP-1]
  • US 9,058,541 B2 C. Dubout, F. Fleuret, “Object detection method, object detector and object detection computer program” [ref: IDIAP-2]
  • US 9,973,503 B2 S. Marcel, A. Anjos, P. Abbet, “Method and internet-connected server for reviewing a computer-executable experiment” [ref: IDIAP-8]

Pending applications

  • WO 2015/192879 A1 K. A. Funes Mora, J-M. Odobez, “A gaze estimation method and apparatus” [ref: IDIAP-5]
  • WO 2017/221049 A1, US 2019/0180040 A1 A. Anjos, S. Marcel, “A data-network connected server, a device, a platform and a method for conducting computer-executable experiments” [ref: IDIAP-9]
  • US 2014/0149104 A1, EP 2736042 A1 N-H. Kim, P. Motlicek, P. N. Garner, D. Imseng, J-W. Lee, J-M. Cho, “Apparatus and method for constructing multilingual acoustic model and computer readable recording medium for storing program for performing the method” [ref: SAMSUNG-1]
  • WO 2019/150254 A1 L. Sonna Momo, L. Cerqueira Torres, S. Marcel, A. Anjos, M. Liebling, A.Shajkofci, S. Amoos, A. Woeffray, A. Sierro, “Method and device for biometric vascular recognition and/or identification” [ref: globID-1]
  • EP 3 691 258 A1 M. Liebling, C. Jacques, "System and method for acquiring images" [ref: IDIAP-10]
  • EP 3 719 679 A1 V. Krivokuca Hahn, S. Marcel, "A method for protecting biometric templates, and a system and method for verifying a speaker's identity" [ref: IDIAP-11]


  • WO 2016/023582 A1 S. Marcel, “A method of detecting a falsified presentation to a vascular recognition system”. [ref: IDIAP-4]

Technology components

In addition to our patents, we have developed through the years many cutting edge technologies that we will be happy to discuss with you. They are listed in our technology portfolio alongside other interesting information like examples of past projects.

Our published technology components cover the following topics:

  • Audio and speech processing
  • Machine learning
  • Computer vision
  • Biometrics
  • Multimedia processing
  • Robotics