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.

How AI Will Shape the Healthcare Industry

One of the most popular industries which values patents is the healthcare industry. If you add AI into the mix, you'll realize that we're at the brink of an AI-healthcare explosion. AI is one of the hottest trends in tech right now, and perfectly complements much of the work flows in healthcare. The goal of this article is to help you uncover key trends in AI and healthcare, and discover how patents can help you to succeed in this ever-evolving field.

From the Classroom to Business: Where does AI fit into business and society?

The following series of posts will discuss the increasing integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into our everyday lives and business models. While the discussion around AI has largely been based in university classrooms and research labs, it’s undeniable that the AI explosion is affecting all aspects of our society. However, the actual implications have remained largely undiscussed until now.