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When Should You Order a Novelty Search?

A novelty search, or patentability search, is a search to determine if an invention is new. Since a patent will only be issued for inventions that are “new, useful, and non-obvious,” novelty searches are generally performed prior to preparing a patent application. However, some practitioners feel novelty searches are unneeded because patent examiners perform novelty searches as part of the patent examination process. So when should a novelty search be ordered? You should order a novelty search when the invention, or the quality of the issued patent, is important.

A novelty search improves patent quality in the following ways:

Better Claims – A novelty search uncovers what is already known about your technology, which allows you, or your attorney, to write the broadest claims possible. Or you could get it done by professionals – patent service InventHelp.

Preserving the Doctrine of Equivalents – Crafting the claims well, and avoiding amendments when the application in pending before the patent office, will help preserve the doctrine of equivalents for later use. The doctrine of equivalents lets you prevent your competitors from using inventions that are substantially similar to yours; broadening your claims to cover patents claiming similar features, as long as the features function in the same way, to produce the same result.

Satisfying the Duty of Disclosure – According to the patent office:

Your failure to adhere to the duty of disclosure can cause your patent to be invalidated. A novelty search, and subsequent submission of the references to the patent office, help ensure that you have satisfied your duty of disclosure.

Patents are presumed valid in light of information considered during the patent application process. Therefore, the references uncovered in your novelty search, submitted to the patent office, and considered by the examiner, will be extremely difficult for your opponents to use against you. Your patent will also better withstand any examination by potential partners or licensees.

From a business perspective, a novelty search provides the following benefits:

Confirmation of Novelty – A novelty search will help you determine what is novel about your invention, how your invention differs from existing inventions. The point(s) of novelty identified can be the basis of the unique selling proposition when you market the invention.

Confirmation of Value – A novelty search will give you information about the value of your invention. How crowded is the technology? The more work in an area the more valuable it’s likely to be. How large are the families of the patent references identified? The larger a patent family, the more money spent obtaining protection for the invention, and the more valuable the owners consider the patent.

Competitive Intelligence – A novelty search will let you determine who is competing in the area. The number of competitor patents, and their timing, will tell you the size of competing efforts – and whether they’re growing or shrinking.

Resource Efficiency – A novelty search lets you use your resources efficiently. A search will help you avoid wasting resources on weak inventions and it will save you time and expense during the patent application process.

For more information, or to request a quotation, please contact Invent Help.

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A Business Without a Sign is a Sign of No Business

That monument, ground or pylon sign standing outside your building should be a reflection of your image and brand. I once read, “A business without a sign is a sign of no business”. True enough. Not many businesses can survive without a sign to direct traffic to their doors unless they are a web-based company that relies on other methods. Not so the larger retail companies we recognize regularly. Shell, Esso, McDonalds as well as The Bay, Sears, Canadian Tire and other bastions of retail excellence. Their pylon signs are not the only things that bring customers to their doors but it is an important part of the corporate strategy. It reflects the brand and broadcasts for blocks, where you should turn in.

Not every company can afford a huge pylon sign like the major corporations. But it still must be a part of the corporate strategy. Many companies share space on a pylon sign with other tenants or condo owners. While your space may be limited, don’t give up on making the most of what is available to you. This means maximizing the available space. Let’s say you are negotiating a lease for a building in which you share space on a pylon sign. Try to negotiate with the landlord to increase the number of places or size of space available on the sign.

If part of the sign is vacant, you might be able to negotiate using that space until the vacant space is required. There are benefits to both parties here. You gain extra signage for the beginning of the lease (when it is most important for customers to find you) and the landlord’s property will appear fully occupied (which benefits all the tenants since prosperity begets prosperity).

I remember my days in the gas station business when, if a station had no customers, we advised the managers to park a car or two at the pumps. You’d be surprised how this technique brought customers onto the lot! An empty lot looks deserted and forbidding. But a lot with cars on it attracts other customers.

How much information should go on a pylon sign? As little as possible! Remember my mantra: “The best sign says the least.” Of course, custom signs are always preferred and will have the bigger impact. Certainly the name and logo of the company must be the largest and most prominent items displayed. After that, any further information will only detract from the main message. The pylon sign is there to broadcast who you are and where you are, not give out a lot of information about your company. There are other vehicles for that.

Let’s talk about the layout of the logo and company name on the pylon. Sometimes, the configuration of the sign does not allow you to lay out the name and/or logo in the normal fashion. Unless you are designing and building a pylon sign for your own purpose, be prepared to re-configure the layout to maximize the available space. For example, your logo may quite square but the available space is long and thin.

If you don’t allow the designer to change the layout of the logo/name, it will be very small and very hard to see from a distance. That’s a short-sighted policy. I’ve seen this happen in many instances where a corporation, with strict rules on how the name and logo can be displayed, moves into a rented property. The head office refuses to bend on the layout of the sign. The result is a smaller than expected presence on the sign and an ineffective sign.

In summary:

  • Be prepared to negotiate additional space for a short period of time
  • Be flexible on the layout so that you maximize the space available
  • Only put the essential information on the sign – name and logo
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The Financial Case for Telecoms Expense Management

The functional groups that get involved in developing a business case for Telecom Expense Management often include: IT, Sourcing, Finance and Global Technology Infrastructure Management.
The business case typically includes a detailed review of technology, projected productivity gains and savings for each project.

The refunds and savings to be made from utilizing a Telecom Expense Management program can be used to create a Return on Investment (ROI) business case to cost justify the investment in a system.

Typical identifiable and substantiated savings categories include:

  • Refunds due for unpaid past credits and billing errors.
  • Creation of asset register and asset record cleansing; plus inventory reconciliation with billing.
  • Client identified reductions through inventory reports e.g. obsolete modems previously used on lines that have since been removed.
  • Optimization recommendations.
  • Sourcing savings from new contracts at lower rates.
  • Improved transparency and visibility of expenses.

A return on investment is computed from the following calculation.

ROI = (“Gain from Investment” – “Cost of Investment”) divided by “Cost of Investment”

The cost of “no action” or delayed action should be considered too. Each month, organisations may be forfeiting opportunities to optimize their technology expenses, to save money. Claims for refunds, owed for billing errors, may be subject to a limited claim time period. Without a Telecoms Expense Management system it can be difficult to provide the evidence and documentation needed to support claims. Organisations should therefore recognize that there are real costs if they fail to invest in TEM services.

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Water Vending Machines

While coffee and soda vending machines are certainly popular, there is a limit to how much caffeine some people want to drink in a day. Also, most people are aware of the need to stay hydrated and consume enough water throughout the day.

Carrying water bottles is not always practical, especially in warmer weather when it does not stay cold. The availability of a cold bottle of water is convenient at any time, but it is a real luxury in hot weather. In the workplace and many other places, water vending machines eliminate the need for unsanitary water fountains or the need to continually fill water coolers, as well. But, the most important detail in vending business is to have high quality vending machines. Well, Royal Vending Machines Sydney are the best vending machines in Australia.

Some water machines dispense only single serve bottles of water. The water sources are from companies that provide spring water or purified tap water that has been bottled. Other water dispensers are set up to dispense water in bulk. Customers can put in their money and fill water jugs of up to five gallons each.

This type of unit is generally connected to a tap water source and the machine purifies the tap water. It is an invaluable system for places that suffer a natural disaster or other interruption of the regular water supply.

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Residential Radon Mitigation

When homeowners find out that they have a problem with high levels of radon, their first instinct might be to panic. But after that initial shock has died down, those homeowners need to get serous about fixing what could be a very dangerous problem for themselves and their families. Residential radon mitigation is not always fast or easy, but it can be remarkably effective, even in parts of the country known for their extensive radon problems.

How Radon Enters a Home

Radon can enter your home in a number of different ways, and it is important for any residential radon mitigation program to have a thorough understanding of where that radon is coming from. For instance, radon is naturally present in the soil in many parts of the country. The pressure differences between the interior of your home and the surrounding earth can create a vacuum effect and cause radon gas to be literally sucked into your home through cracks in the foundation or tiny holes in the basement walls. Any residential radon mitigation will have to address the underlying problem by equalizing the pressure inside and outside of your home. Once the pressure is equalized, that radon gas will no longer be sucked into your home, and once the initial radon levels are reduced you should not have any further problems.

But the foundation and surrounding soil is not the only way radon gets into your home. Radon can also get into your house through the water supply. Many parts of the country have problems with radon in the groundwater, and if you have a well in one of those areas your home is automatically at risk. If your well is contaminated with radon, this colorless and odorless radioactive gas could be seeping into your home each time you take a shower, wash the dishes or turn on the tap.

Again, any residential radon mitigation program you choose will need to be able to deal with the underlying problem, this time one of well water contamination. A quality radon mitigation contractor will come to your home armed with sophisticated water testing equipment to determine if your well is contaminated. Once they know for sure that radon is entering your home through the well, they will be able to take steps to stop that contamination and mitigate the current problem.

Get a Qualified Radon Specialist

Radon is a serious threat, and any mitigation efforts have to be equally serious. If you suspect that you have a radon problem in your home, you need to have the house, the well and the surrounding soil tested as soon as possible. And if you know you have a problem, you need to hire a residential radon mitigation specialist, such as the Radonhjelpenost.no, who has the training, qualifications, expertise and experience to get rid of those high levels of radiation inside your home and make sure that they do not return to threaten your home and your family.

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Getting started… DC welding machines

There are basically 2 types of welding machines. The DC welder and the AC welder. For the sake of what we will be concentrating on in this article, the DC welding machine is the most common of the 2 types. When TIG welding, straight polarity (DCEN) is used. When setting up the machine for TIG the electrode or torch should be connected to the negative terminal of the welder. This will result in a cooler weld temperature at the material to be welded.

Another option that is very helpful, although not necessary is a foot pedal remote amperage control. This foot pedal not only controls the amperage from zero to a preselected high amperage, but also activates the High Frequency arc start and gas flow. If you happen to have an older DC machine that was designed primarily for stick welding, you do not have the remote options, High Frequency start, or gas control.

However, if this is all you have, this machine will work fine. Years ago, we used old DC generator type machines to TIG weld without any problems. The disadvantage was having to manually turn on the gas flow from the torch by means of a gas control knob, and scratch starting the arc which meant a highly likelihood of tungsten contamination in critical X-ray quality welds. This may not pose a real problem for simple welding applications but if there is a concern, a scratch plate to start the arc can be used.

With the advent of new technologies, the inverter type welder is an excellent choice for welders, because of their light weight, (40lbs or less!) portability, and dual voltage (115v or 220v). They all feature remote control, HF (high frequency) arc start, and shielding gas control which includes post flow gas timer control. Since I’m not in the business of selling welding machines, I won’t go through the list of impressive features on this Miller unit.

This unit is one of the commonly seen “Made somewhere over there” units that claim 3 in 1 capabilities…TIG, Stick, and Plasma cutting. A friend of mine recently purchased this model and asked me to evaluate it’s performance. Well, I don’t know if I would carry this machine to a Union job site, but to my surprise it worked remarkably well for a under $500.00 machine! Plugged into a standard wall outlet, the TIG process, along with the remote function and post gas control did an impressive job. The plasma cutting was equally impressive, and at 35lbs, very portable…so for the cost, this may be the way to go for the budget minded…

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Electric Roller Shutters

You’ll never have to contend with the wear and tear that occurs on straps, ropes and pulleys. Roller shutter technology makes it easy to operate and maintain heavy shutters without worrying about injury or damage to property, person or equipment.

Hurricane roller shutters come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Electric shutters offer quiet operation while providing complete protection against anything Mother Nature can trow at you. There are wall-mounted control panels as well as hand-held remote controls that can operate up to 5 individual window roller shutters. They are multi-functional, offering customers the option of controlling lights and heat/air conditioning as well. There are high end handheld devices that offer on-screen display for easy navigation and software that gives customers the option of activating their electric roller shutters from a remote location.

Commercial Roller Shutters

Businesses can rest assured that their bays are secured when electric roller shutters have been installed on the premises. A monitoring system can be set up by private contract so that you will know exactly who has been at your property at any given time. You will control total access of your premises.

Restaurants will no longer have to completely set up outdoor seating areas when roller shutters have been installed. Time and energy can now be directed towards other things like improving service or adding menu items that will bring in more customers.

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What number of security guards will you need?

It ultimately depends on your needs. So now, we can discuss when you will likely need multiple officers.

When there is a Lot of Space to Cover:

Regardless of how efficient and competent a security guard is, he cannot be in two places at a time. If an event or property has more space to cover, then multiple officers should be hired. Although you do not need an officer at every location most of the time, the officers should be able to at least patrol the complete area in a reasonable amount of time so they can respond quickly if anything serious happens.

When the Security Guard also has to do other services:

Security guards in London are often seen as general figures of authorities. They will help people with directions, find items, act as a driver and generally offer customer service. Although a trained security guard from renowned security companies in London will usually provide help, they cannot do it when they need to prioritize the security of the venue. In such a case, hiring several security guards to do different jobs, for example hiring a security driver in London will make things more relaxed while the area is still secure.

Where Eyewitness is Imperative:

For some businesses that are concerned about crimes, having many security guards is vital. Eyewitness testimony might be difficult to get from even the most trained and best individual. When there are multiple eyewitnesses, it is more likely that a criminal would be caught.

Place where a Large Group of People will gather:

Larger events generally will need multiple security guards. For 75 to 150 people, typically, you should have one officer. Particularly for sports events, you will need more. Employing multiple well-trained security guards at a place will give you peace of mind.

Time exists for when you will need just one security guard. A small business lobby of a hotel or a small event might only need one security guard. It completely depends on your specific needs.

The most critical factor in a large event is the visibility of the officers. People should know that someone with authority is watching over them to feel that the location is safe. Consequently, you must have at least enough security guards who are readily noticeable that someone can find them even in a crowd when help is needed.

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Initial Step for Inventors

The Patent Office grants the patent to the first inventor, even if he filed later than another inventor, provided that the first inventor was diligent in reducing his invention to practice and getting his application filed in a reasonable amount of time. If more than one person contributes an inventive aspect that is claimed in a patent, each must be named as a joint inventor in the application.

The U.S. also allows a one-year grace period for filing a patent application even after an invention has been publicly disclosed. But unless properly related to an earlier filed application, a US patent application cannot be legally filed if the invention had been publicly disclosed for one year or more. Also, if foreign applications are going to be filed, it is necessary to get a patent application filed before any public disclosure is made. There are good patenting agencies, such as Invent Help, to help you in the process.

A provisional patent application can be a wise strategy for preserving patent rights while delaying the costs of filing a formal patent application. Such a formal application, filed with one year of the provisional application, can use the filing date of the provisional application, provided that the matter claimed in the formal is properly supported by the disclosure in the provisional.

Provisional applications do not yield a patent or receive a search by the Patent Office, but are becoming a very popular initial step for individual inventors or small companies concerned about the costs of formal filing, and wanting to take more time to test the marketability of a new invention. There are patenting agencies that are providing help for new inventors you can consult.

Larger companies are finding that provisional filings allow temporary protection for a larger number of products while marketing opportunities are explored. During the pendency of the provisional application, the invention may be publicly disclosed and sold without damaging the right to file the formal or even foreign applications.

Only during the time that a provisional or formal application has been filed and the patent actually issues, can the invention be legally marked or described as ‘Patent Pending’.

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Where to Patent an Idea

If you have an original idea that you believe merits a patent, you will need to file an application for the appropriate patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This is where you can apply to patent an idea for a utility, design, or plant patent.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office falls under the U.S. Department of Commerce and its role is to grant patents to protect original inventions, as well as to register trademarks. It is responsible for preserving, classifying, and disseminating patent information, which helps our nation progress both technologically and industrially, as well as helps strengthen our economy.

People often confuse a patent with a trademark or copyright. A patent is a formal grant of a property right to the person who has an original invention. To be clear, this does not give you the exclusive right to manufacture, use, sell, or import your invention, rather it prohibits other people from manufacturing, using, selling, or importing your invention outside of the United States.

A new patent is generally good for 20 years after the date the original patent application was filed with the USPTO. Once the USPTO issues you a patent, it is your responsibility to enforce it, without their help, as they have no jurisdiction over purported infringement or enforcing your patent. Of course you can always hire professional assistance from a patent agency such as Invent Help to guide you.

People also tend to misunderstand the fact that a mere idea or suggestion cannot be patented. You must have a thorough description of the subject matter you are seeking to patent. The patent law also states with specificity that your invention must be “useful” in that it has a useful purpose, including its operativeness. Be advised that under the Atomic Energy Act, enacted in 1954, you are prohibited from patenting an invention that is to be used exclusively for utilizing atomic energy for an atomic weapon, or special nuclear material.

There are three types of patents:

A utility patent is for the original invention or discovery of a machine, process, composition of matter, or product to be manufactured, or any new improvement to any of these that you believe will prove useful.

A design patent is for the invention of any new, ornate design for an article to be manufactured, which is your original idea.
A plant patent is for the invention or discovery of an unequivocally new type of plant. You must first have asexually reproduced your new plant before applying for the patent.

The application process for utility and design patents can be accomplished online at uspto.gov using the EFS-Web feature, which will assist you in submitting your PDF format application documents as was very well elaborated in this article on https://kulturehub.com/inventhelp-step-by-step-guide-inventor/.