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Protect Yourself with a Strong Patent

The morning I woke up after my little revelation of Cap Trappers, I got online and wrote and submitted a provisional patent. I was quite proud of my handiwork...and thought it was all very official. My husband assured me it wasn't....but at least it gave us the confidence to begin to search for manufacturers and enter the business plan competition.

Thankfully we met a fantastic patent attorney, Sara Jones, with the Workman Nydeggar Firm in Salt Lake City. She is just as excited as we are about Cap Trappers. She is also one of those amazing connectors. If you have ever read The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell, you know what I'm talking about. Anyways this is one of the best IP firms in the state. Sara quickly made it clear our patent needed some serious professional help. The resulting creations is a 50+ page document with about as many supporting figures (I know...who would have thought with such a simple idea...but it is chock full of application and ideas all stewing around in my head).

After that was all said and done and filed in March, we slept a bit easier at night. We will not go down without a fight if someone tries to steal our idea. We have finally begun to talk to retailers, and you never know who might try to be sneaky!

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