Founded: December 2012
Funded or bootstrapped: Bootstrapped
Price of Services: Provisional patents range form $399 – $899
What Customers Get: Full Service intellectual property protection for an affordable rate without any hidden fees through a convenient easy to use platform.
How'd You Get The Idea For It: The idea for SmartUp® originated from an experienced patent attorney (the CEO of SmartUp®) who represents numerous multinational corporations at a top-tier intellectual property law firm. Through his experience, and in view of the patent reform signed into law in 2011 (known as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act of 2011), the founding attorney could see that that solo inventors, startups, and small businesses will need the most help to protect their intellectual property.
On March 16, 2013, the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act switched U.S. Patent Law to a “First-to-File” standard. In general, this means that an inventor who is the first to file an application for a patent to the Patent Office wins priority to the patent rights for the invention. Before, U.S. Patent Law was based on a “First-to-Invent” standard. This meant that, even if an inventor was not the first to file for a patent on his idea, he could still “back-date” his priority to the invention by showing his earlier “date of conception.” This method of back-dating priority was known as the “Poor Man’s Patent.”
Collaboration Tools & Processes Do You Use: Asana has been key to the organization of our workflows and development. Our developer has also developed a great back-end to our platform that enables us to collaborate with our clients.
Where do you gain your insights from and how do you stay on top of emerging trends? Using the Pulse app we get a daily feed of emerging technology news.
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