Sickweather spent 8 years and $100K+ to obtain a patent; Is IP protection worth the cost?

Graham Dodge wanted to check a box for investors seeking security for his crowdsourced sickness forecasting startup Sickweather, he said. Obtaining a patent for the technology, however, proved a tougher task to chart.  “We just wanted to protect ourselves to build value in the company,” said Dodge, CEO of Sickweather, as well as Garnish Health, a reciprocating donation platform for health care funds. “We had a lot of investors early on who asked us if we had any intellectual property protection. And a patent is a great way to have that IP protection.” Click here to read more about Sickweather, a member of the inaugural Sprint Accelerator class in Kansas City. After filing for a provisional patent, the application was rejected time and again by Sickweather’s patent examiner, Dodge said.  “At one point, we resigned from thinking that we’d ever get the patent, and adopted the now-popular notion that patents aren’t actually worth much these days — or they aren’t defensible for a startup,” he said, noting the Baltimore-born startup spent more than $100,000 through the patent application process.  “It was the office actions and the back and forth with our legal counsel [that] rapidly...

A Costco membership opens doors, quite literally, to a vast selection of bulk-size groceries and household

A Costco membership opens doors, quite literally, to a vast selection of bulk-size groceries and household goods selling at discounted prices. But buying potato chips and toilet paper by the case is just the start. The warehouse club also stocks everything from tires and furniture to electronics and jewelry. With so many items to choose from, Trae Bodge, a consumer expert who specializes in smart shopping strategies, says it’s critical to shop Costco with a list to avoid overspending. List or no list, shoppers seem to like the savings and selection. Costco has nearly 52 million paid members around the world, with an 88% renewal rate worldwide (90% in the U.S. and Canada). The chain ranks first in customer satisfaction among department and discount stores, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, edging out rivals Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale. Thinking of taking the Costco plunge? Here’s what you should know before investing at least $60 in an annual membership. If you’re not ready to commit to a year-long membership, there are still ways to shop at Costco. Members are allowed to bring up to two guests. So if you want to check out the ...

Global Cable Gland Plugs Market Insights Report 2019 – 2025 : Lapp, RS Pro, Phoenix Contact, Moflash, Kopex-EX

The Global Cable Gland Plugs market report also evaluates the technical data and manufacturing plants analysis, capacity, production, and revenue analysis by type, region, and manufacturers, price, cost, gross, and gross margin analysis, consumption volume, consumption value, and sale price analysis of the Cable Gland Plugs market. The Cable Gland Plugs industry report also offers regional segmentation of the global Cable Gland Plugs market to help the readers understand the specific market drivers, restraints, threats, and opportunities impacting this Cable Gland Plugs market. Global Cable Gland Plugs market competition by top manufacturers, with SWOT analysis and strategies, production, price, and revenue (value) and market share for each manufacturer; the top players including Lapp, RS Pro, Phoenix Contact, Moflash, Kopex-EX, Alpha Wire, Legrand, Pepperl + Fuchs, Jxijq, Smico. The global Cable Gland Plugs market report offers previous data as well as the current status of the Cable Gland Plugs market key players. The market analysts utilized various mathematical and statistical strategies, along with analytical tools such as SWOT analysis for better evaluation of the gathered...

Camilla Parker-Bowles’ FAB new handbag has a secret link to Meghan Markle

The Duchess of Cornwall is currently on a three-day visit to Cornwall with her husband Prince Charles and her working wardrobe has been as first-rate as always. The 71-year-old was seen enjoying the sunshine on Tuesday as she arrived at a garden party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ginsters bakery in Callington. The mother-of-two decided to opt for a pastel blue frock that was adorned with the cutest cream floral print. Accessorising to perfection, she added a  pearl necklace and nude high heels and looked fresh and lightly tanned. Did you notice her handbag though? The Duchess carried a lovely tote bag, in a light cream – by DeMellier London. The £295 arm candy is known as the ‘Mini Venice’ and you can purchase it in a variety of different shades including purple and blush pink. Camilla also has this bag in green, so it is clearly one of her faves. The Duchess of Sussex sported this very same design in green too, back in January 2018, on an official visit to Cardiff. The mother-of-one wore a smart black jacket by Stella McCartney and a matching scarf, while wearing trousers by Welsh brand Hieut Denim, and a pair of black velvet heeled boots. Her bag was ...

Thursday Boot Co. CEO Launches Nothing New, a Line of Vegan Sneakers

After successfully launching Thursday Boot Co. in 2014 via a Kickstarter campaign, brand co-founder and CEO Nolan Walsh is embarking on yet another project: the recent debut of Nothing New, a direct-to-consumer collection of sustainable, vegan sneakers. Each shoe is made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic — including the laces — and the heel counters are created with upcycled industrial fishing nets. The outsoles are also composed of natural rubber, recycled rubber and cork, while the comfortable Ortholite ECO35 insoles are made of 5% recycled rubber content. (Even the shoe tag produced with recycled cotton.) “We want to positively impact our community, our industry and our planet,” said Walsh. “By developing best-in-class sustainable products and investing in programs to minimize our environmental footprint, we hope to raise the bar for what customers expect from brands and contribute to the change we want to see in the world.” Related Native’s Cool New Summer Sneaker Is Made From Plants and 100% Biodegradable Sperry’s Latest Athleisure Sneakers Are Made With Plastic Recovered From the Ocean Could a ‘Fast Fashion Tax’ Help Make the Industry More Sust...

Global UPVC Roof Sheet Market analysis on current and future market trends Up to 2028: Sun Arch, Jieli Industrial, Dion Incorporation

“Global UPVC Roof Sheet Market” 2019 research report provides in depth study of UPVC Roof Sheet Market overall dynamics and trends of the market in terms of various segments and regional outlook for the period till 2028.The report reveals the market share, volume, dynamics, forecast data, and detailed overview of the industry with respect to the global market. In this report, the analysts have focused on the analysis of manufacturing processes, cost structure, upstream raw materials, downstream industry, current market dynamics.The report provides a basic overview of the industry including its Manufacturers, regional analysis, type and applications. Worldwide UPVC Roof Sheet Market analyzes the overall estimates of all the segments and sub-segments of the market, on a global and regional scale. The report presents a detailed study of the market trends, dynamics, driving competitors, technological innovations and inventions, key developments, productive opportunities, and future strategies. The research is derived through primary and secondary data sources and it includes both qualitative and quantitative detailing.The UPVC Roof Sheet Market Report covers a scientific view with c...

It’s ridiculously easy to lay hands on a cheap DC-to-AC inverter these days. They’re in just

It’s ridiculously easy to lay hands on a cheap DC-to-AC inverter these days. They’re in just about every discount or variety store and let you magically plug in mains powered devices where no outlets exist. Need 120- or 240-VAC in your car? No problem – a little unit that plugs into the lighter socket is available for a few bucks. So are these commodity items worth building yourself? Probably not as [GreatScott!] explains, but learning how they work and what their limitations are will probably help your designs. The cheapest and most common inverters have modified square wave outputs, which yield a waveform that’s good enough for most electronics and avoids the extra expense of producing a pure sinusoidal output. He explains that the waveform is just a square wave with a slight delay at the zero-crossing points to achieve the stepped pattern, and shows a simple H-bridge circuit to produce it. He chose to drive the output section with an Arduino, to easily produce the zero-crossing delay. He uses this low-voltage inverter to demonstrate how much more complicated the design needs to get to overcome the spikes caused by inductive loads and the lack of feedback from the output. Bott...

Dairy Starter Culture Market Will Generate New Growth Opportunities in the next upcoming year

The Latest business intelligence report on Global Dairy Starter Culture Market released by HTF MI aims to deliver an in-depth outline regarding the trends and market development scenario to outpace market with relevant strategies. The research is derived through primary and secondary data sources and involves both qualitative and quantitative data. The report highlights key challenges and growth opportunities available in the industry, along with the latest competitive strategies and growth plans enforced by the major players of Global Dairy Starter Culture market , some of them are Chr. Hansen, Danisco, DSM, CSK, Lallemand, Sacco System, Dalton, BDF Ingredients, Lactina, Lb Bulgaricum, Anhui Jinlac Biotech & Probio-Plus. Get the Sample Report of Global Dairy Starter Culture Market Research Report 2018 @: https://www.htfmarketreport.com/sample-report/1034346-global-dairy-starter-culture-market-5 The Highlights of the research study of regional growth according to the performance of the key players. The following manufacturers are covered in this reportChr. Hansen, Danisco, DSM, CSK, Lallemand, Sacco System, Dalton, BDF Ingredients, Lactina, Lb Bulgaricum, Anhui Jinlac Biote...