The (Not So) Secret Lives of Provisional Applications

They say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For provisional applications, it hopefully won't take you quite a thousand miles, but the process does take time. Provisional applications are a very special type of patent application. They're only available in the US. They're there to help you get your foot in the door without having to spend too much money. Provisional applications are designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, but also larger companies, get into the patent filing process. You can file a provisional application and protect your idea, without spending too much money.

3 Lessons for Food Startups

Is your food startup in the 10% club?

90% of new startups fail. That’s a daunting number we often hear cited to “scare” potential businessowners. However, few and far between discuss the 10% that succeed. Although the term “food startup” covers a range of areas, from the world of consumer packaged goods to agricultural technology, there are 3 lessons that hold true foreveryfood startup:

Your Thanksgiving Dinner...and what you can protect

Millions of Americans will spend hours cooking the perfect Thanksgiving meal this Thursday, complete with turkey, cranberry, and (my personal favorite) pumpkin pie. This Thanksgiving, we want to encourage you to look at your dinner plate differently--and start to ponder what parts of your meal can and can’t be protected by intellectual property. 

#podcast: The Other Silicon Valleys of the World

Most of the startup news we hear about comes from Silicon Valley, California. But, the world is a big place—and there are startup scenes all over the world that are lesser known. For example, have you ever heard of Kharkiv, Ukraine? You may want to look it up—it’s one of the biggest exporters of software developers.

Back to the Drawing Board: How to Create Patent Drawings

In the patent application process, you’ll be asked to provide patent drawings to show patent examiners exactly how your innovation operates. When most people hear the term “drawing,” they worry that their lack of art skills will create a roadblock for them during the patent application process. However, we can assure you that you don’t need an art degree to create patent drawings that will get your application approved.