Why Ensuring You Have Patent Protection is Crucial

When it comes to innovations, the primary thing you need to do is protect your idea before someone else gets their hands on it. The simple truth is a patent is a valuable tool that protects your creativity and innovative spirit and gives you the right for a limited period to stop others from using, copying or selling the invention without permission. In return, the applicant reveals the invention’s details in a comprehensive manner. Like any other form of property, a patent can be licensed, mortgaged, bought or sold.

Patent protection brings an array of advantages, making it crucial for any enterprise. When deciding if you should apply for a patent, you should take a look at your invention and consider the risks of not patenting if in comparison with the costs of doing so. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of protecting a patent for your business.

Protection Against Invention Theft

Startups and inventors may initially seek a licensing deal or an investor for capital. For the purpose of attracting investors and licensees, the invention must be disclosed so that the potential investor or licensee can properly assess the deal. In absence of a patent application, the licensee or entrepreneur may reject the offer to invest or license only to later file their own patent protection. By filing for patent protection and acquiring patent pendency, any application filed by the potential investor or licensee will be later in time, and therefore, junior to the patent application.

Higher Profit Margins

Assuming that there is a general demand for the copyrighted product, the ability to rule out others minimizes the supply of the process or product in the market. As a result, patent owners might charge increased prices for the patent or process.

Promotes Settlement

During the litigation time period, both parties will put forward different claims against one another including the infringement of the patent. In certain cases, two patent owners might agree to cross-license the respective technologies to each other rather than litigating the issues.

Expand Market Share

Patented technology might be licensed to others in a new geographical market or in a completely new market. For instance, a patent owner doing business in one part of the country could license patent rights to a business with a market presence in a different city or state.

The patent protection may offer the patentee, now licensor, with standard royalty expenses for sales of the patented process or product outside the patentee’s regular geographical market. In addition to that, patented technology might be licensed to others in a different tech field. Let’s say a manufacturer may issue a patent to a retailer while keeping patent rights for the manufacturing market.

Interested in patent protection for your business? Contact your Zachary Hiller Law and find out more about our services.

Tips When Looking At Steel Pipe And Tube

St. Louis, MO (May 25, 2018) For all the local and international companies out there that are looking for a cost-effective and high-quality steel pipe and tube supplier and accessories, Bryzos is the newest online market platform where you may purchase all of these. When considering your options for purchasing Steel Pipes And Tube, you can solve your dilemma by seeking out the Bryzos Bid Blaster. Bryzos is the newest way to market steel because it is a platform online where you can purchase steel from a buyer who offers the lowest cost.  Bryzos is designed for both the buyers and sellers of steel items and accessories. Its primary aim is to offer a wide range of benefits for both parties. Bryzos actually focus on protection and security of its customers and their information because the program focuses on anonymity to be sure that your buyers and sellers cannot come into contact with the client. They and their information remains separate and will not be revealed to others.

 

All of this new technology is possible because of the Bid Blaster tool and it’s creation comes from steel industry experts.  If you want to find and use a steel platform to find the best galvanized steel supplier, Bryzos steel is the best destination for you.

Bryzos Steel

7733 Forsyth Blvd #1100

St. Louis, MO 63105

Bryzos Steel Marketplace
7733 Forsyth Blvd #1100, St. Louis, MO 63105
(844) 427-9967
http://bryzos.com/home/

 

 

Potential Spring Related Poisons

St. Louis, Missouri (April 9th, 2018)- Do you enjoy being outside this time of year but have difficulty because of allergies? Many people choose to fix this problem by using the common and easy to obtain medicine, Benadryl®. While this does treat allergies, itching, hives, etc., it can be harmful if too much is consumed. The diphenhydramine found in this medicine can be abused for delirium and hallucinosis purposes. If too much is consumed, a diphenhydramine overdose could occur, which can cause significant toxicity. Making sure to know about the risks of a Benadryl® overdose and who to contact if one may occur can be crucial to those with allergies.

A springtime activity for outdoor lovers may be mushroom “hunting.” This is a pass time where many people search their yards or the woods for morels, a type of mushroom that people tend to eat. The danger with this is that people may accidentally pick false morels, which can be poisonous if consumed. A mushroom that is poisonous and one that is not may grow right next to each other, making it difficult for even the most skilled hunter to tell the difference. The Missouri Poison Center has highly-trained health care professionals that are available to consult with any mushroom poisoning questions.

The Missouri Poison Center wants everyone to know items they may use all the time sometimes have the potential to be harmful or poisonous if not used correctly. Their website is full of educational information about potential poisons and what to do if you or someone you know thinks they were poisoned. Feel free to call their Helpline as well with any poison-related questions or concerns.

 

Missouri Poison Center
7980 Clayton Rd # 200, St Louis, MO 63117

 

How to Make Your Products Stand Out Online

St. Louis, Missouri (February 26, 2018) – E-commerce websites are becoming the new way that people are doing most of their shopping. Websites such as Amazon and Etsy are booming with people selling and purchasing within their sites. While purchasing products online is convenient and fast, there are also drawbacks. Not being able to physically touch or see the product can leave customers wondering if it is something they are truly interested in purchasing. Another drawback is that buyers tend to have questions regarding the product that may not be available online. Some ways to help prevent or eliminate some of these drawbacks is to provide high-resolution product photography to go along with your products. 360-degree product photography will give customers the feel as if the product is 3D, allowing all angles and details to be seen. These techniques will draw positive attention to your product over others, giving you an advantage.  

There is a St. Louis based company who provides product photography called Zone Ten Studio. They get their name from the Zone System, which breaks down film exposure and development into 11 “zones” ranging from 0 to 10. Even though Zone Ten is based in the St. Louis area, they can provide their services to people all over the United States, and have been for over 20 years. They ensure professional photos taken with a white background and the perfect lighting techniques at an affordable price. With quick turnaround times of only 10 business days, Zone Ten Studio is the perfect place to consider when needing exceptional product photography.

 

Zone Ten

5563 Arthur Ave

St. Louis, MO 63139

Beware of Winter Weather

St. Louis, MO (February 23, 2018)- People tend to have mixed thoughts on winter weather. On one hand, a couple inches of snow is a peaceful scenery to spend the day sledding and building a snowman. On the other hand, snow and ice can cause dangerous and difficult conditions for driving, as well as for your roof. Too much snow can take a toll on your roof, causing it to sag. If something like this were to happen, it is important to call for experts immediately. Rely Roofing is the perfect company to turn to, with their 24-hour emergency repair services. They want everyone to be warned of the issues that winter weather may bring, as well as know what to do about them.

Rely Roofing specializes in St. Louis flat roof repairs, installations, and restorations. Their team focuses on trying to repair the roof if possible instead of completely replacing it. They care about their customers and do not want them to have to spend unnecessary money if not needed. Rely uses thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), which are single-ply roofing membranes that are very durable and resistant. These TPO roofs have many benefits that help during the winter season such as being cost-effective and having good thermal resistance, which will lower heating and cooling costs. Rely has been in business for over 40 years, and have seen just about everything. Since they are so experienced, Rely takes pride in their work and does business in a safe and professional manner.  

 

Rely Roofing, LLC

3748 McKelvey Rd.

St. Louis, Missouri

63044

Cheap Trips to Chicago

Ohio House Motel

Chicago, IL (February  19, 2018)- The weather is starting to get nicer as March approaches, so what better way to spend that time than getting away to downtown Chicago. Chicago is a beautiful city that that has so much to offer. To enjoy this warmer weather, get outside by visiting the free Lincoln Park Zoo or the Navy Pier. If you are looking for an affordable, newly renovated hotel that has all of the amenities to offer, The Ohio House Motel is the place for you. The Ohio House Motel is always offering discounts so that their guests can get the best deals, allowing them to keep coming back time after time. From March 10th-13th, there is a 13% discount from the normal rates for the International Houseware Show. Also, during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 16th-18th, there is a 14% discount being offered. If planning to go to Chicago anytime soon, you might as well make it sooner than later and take advantage of these special offers.

 

A little more information about the Ohio House Motel is that it is a cheap hotel in Chicago with newly upgraded rooms for more comfort. These rooms come equipped with free wifi, flat screen televisions with cable, mini refrigerators and microwaves, and much more. Booking directly from the website will allow for free parking and free continental breakfast as well. This hotel has everything you would need for a great weekend at a great price.

 

Ohio House Motel

600 North Lasalle Street

Chicago, IL 60654

Why Nissan Won’t Face Backlash Over Anti-Union Campaign

Nissan Engages in Vicious Anti-Union Campaign But Likely Won’t Face Penalty

Factory workers at a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi are set to vote later this week on whether or not they plan to unionize.  The vote comes amid a vicious and long anti-union campaign by Nissan.  Workers, unionized workers, politicians, and union leaders from the United Auto Workers (UAW) have been out in full force to get workers to agree to unionize.  Though Nissan is accused of having bribed workers and threatened them with harsh penalties, there’s very little chance the auto maker will face a penalty, here’s why.

Nissan will hire an anti-union firm to deal with any violations.  Nissan will win.

Nissan’s Workforce in Canton, Mississippi

Nissan’s workforce in Canton has never been unionized. The issue with the plant’s workers unionizing is that a foreign car company has never joined a US car builders union before.  It raised concerns among union leaders, however, the concerns have since been resolved.  Now, many of Nissan’s workers want to unionize.  However, Nissan strongly opposes unionization of its workers.

When Nissan made the announcement that they planned to unionize, Nissan launched an all out anti-union campaign.  Anti-union campaigns are 100% legal, however, Nissan might have overstepped its boundaries.

After the plant’s workers announced plans to unionize, Nissan worked with state leaders and higher ups to create a way in which they could persuade its workers to vote no.  Managers and non-floor workers would wear “Vote NO” shirts to work, workers were required to attend sessions about the dangers of unions, and finally, workers were threatened with termination.  However, as mentioned, it appears Nissan might have overstepped its boundaries.

Nissan is suspected of bribing workers and issuing threats to make workers vote no.  Additionally, the extent to which Nissan campaigned for a no vote has also come under fire.  Now, the auto company faces possible legal issues and its workers will likely vote to unionize.

Labor Union Avoidance Law Firms, Corrupt State Leaders

Nissan is a powerful corporation worldwide.  However, the company has a distinct power in Canton it doesn’t have everywhere.  The factory in Canton, MS brings in tax revenue for the state and keeps people employed.  Mississippi’s ultra-conservative leaders will most likely work alongside Nissan to ensure the auto maker can avoid any fines or legal trouble over the union vote.  The governor of Mississippi himself even threatened Nissan’s workers.

Additionally, Nissan has a lot of money.  This means the auto group can hire anti-union law firms to work on avoiding fines and penalties after the campaign.  These firms are vicious and well connected ensuring companies like Nissan can avoid labor disputes.

Though Nissan’s Canton workforce will likely unionize, Nissan will still get away penalty and fine free.

School Shouldn’t End in the Summer, Tips for Kids and Parents

Tips to Keep Your Child Sharp Over The Summer

Somehow, we’re nearly through the month of June.  A whole month of summer vacation out the door!  Just a month and a half left before kids and teens make their way back to school.  You might be very thankful for summer vacation.  For parents, it’s a break from carpool, homework, PTA meetings, testing, and after school activities.  Similarly, kids all over the country are rejoicing that, at least for a few months, they aren’t forced to sit in a classroom for seven hours a day, five days a week.  While parents can spend more time focusing on work or things around the house, kids everywhere are taking to the pools, to backyards, and of course, to video game consoles.  That’s great.  Parents deserve a break as do children and teenagers.  However, you shouldn’t completely neglect the fact that, just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean your child isn’t still developing.  This three month period is pivotal to ensure children and teen retain and build on the knowledge and skills they acquire during the school year.  Here are a few tips to keep kids and teens sharp this summer.

Summer Reading is a Must

Most middle schoolers and pretty much every high schooler are required to read a least one book over the summer.  Whether it’s for a course or as a school, older kids and teens are almost guaranteed to have to read over the summer.  However, young children and grade schooler aren’t typically required to participate in any summer reading.  School districts or private institutions might encourage students to join summer reading programs.  Still, there’s no guarantee that students will make an effort to read during the summer months.  This puts one of the most vulnerable and formable age groups at risk for reading at a lower grade level when they return to classes in the fall.

The simplest solution to the summer reading dilemma is required your child to read a chapter book.  Implement both a rewards system and disciplinary system.  If your child finishes a certain number of chapters or pages, reward them with a sweet trip, trip to an amusement park, or a toy.  If your child fails to maintain their summer reading schedule, limit screen time, implement timeouts or require them to do extra chores.  Requiring your little one to read throughout their summer break is a fantastic way to ensure they’re ready when classes resume in the fall.

Summer Reading is a Must
Summer Reading is a Must

Limit Screen Time and Video Games

Phone, tablets, computers, and video game consoles are extremely addictive.  Thanks to the internet, the world is at everyone’s fingertips.  With movies, YouTube, and games, kids will never grow bored of a cell phone or iPad.  If you haven’t noticed, these screens aren’t healthy.  Because they’re addictive and interactive, kids and teens can spend hours on these devices uninterrupted.  The same goes for video games.  Both mobile devices and video games can inhibit developmental growth and distract children from other activities that might benefit them mentally and physically.

Simply limiting screen time will force children and teens to look elsewhere for entertainment this summer.  Providing younger kids with picture books, interactive educational games and toys, and outdoor activities that encourage problem-solving and critical thinking will serve as the perfect alternative to cell phones and video games.

Get a Tutor

Unlike the first two tips, getting a tutor requires more involvement on the parent-side and costs money.  However, getting a summer tutor is the best way to ensure students retain and build on the knowledge they acquired during the school year.  Again, pricey but very effective.

Tutors can assist children and teens in a variety of subjects.  From critical subjects like Math and English to ACT test prep in St. Louis, tutors can assist students of all ages.  Additionally, tutors can work with children for as little or as much time as you wish.  Another option more cost-effective is to enroll students in communal summer courses at community centers or private schools.  Educational summer camps are always a safe bet too!

Apple Unveils the $349 HomePod

Apple’s Brand New Home Speaker and Google Home Competitor

Today at the Apple World Wide Developer Conference in San Jose, California, tech giant Apple announced a plethora of software and hardware improvements as well as a few new additions.  One new addition is Apple’s iMac Pro, Apple’s so-called fastest and most advanced Mac ever.  The iMac Pro will retail for $5,000 when it goes on sale in December.  Additionally, Apple announced upcoming software updates for both laptops and mobile devices.  However, it wasn’t Apple’s $5,000 Mac or details about iOS 11 that got people talking.  Apple unveiled their long-awaited Google Home/Amazon Echo competitor; the Apple HomePod.

Apple’s New HomePod (Image: Apple)

Apple’s HomePod is designed more like Sonos than Google Home or Amazon Echo.  However, ultimately, the Apple HomePod is the closest thing to Google Home and Echo that Apple fans will be able to get their hands on.  According to Apple, the main purpose of the device is to serve as a wireless speaker system.  Focusing less on incorporating apps and automation, the Apple HomePod features high-quality audio with sensors that automatically adjust the audio based on the user’s location.  If you’re an audiophile, the HomePod will likely be your go-to wireless speaker come December.  However, the HomePod will also feature Siri-integration.

Apple HomePod featuring Siri (Image: Apple)

Apple touted Siri’s ability to become a full on DJ while making consumers guess with regards to third-party app integration and home automation features.  Apple says that not only will Siri make a great DJ, but the artificial intelligence will also be able to answer questions, take notes, and close the blinds.  These features are much like what’s found with Google Home and Amazon Echo.  However, unlike with the reveal of Home and Echo, Apple didn’t reveal what third-party apps will work with the HomePod.  Overall, the reveal and consequent press release made the HomePod appear to be more like a speaker than a personal assistant.

The Apple HomePod’s main competitor, Google Home (Image: Google)

Apple HomePod Features, per Apple’s Press Release;

  • Upware facing-woofer
  • Seven beam-forming tweeters
  • Apple’s A8 Chip
  • Room-sensing technology
  • Six microphones
  • Siri Waveform
  • Automatic detection and balance
  • Easy setup

Additionally, Apple enthusiasts will have to pay twice the price of Home and Echo to purchase the HomePod.  The device retails for $349 and comes in both White and Space Gray.  Apple targeted December for when the device will first ship out to customers.

This post is sponsored by: Gateway Fire Supplies Commercial Fire Extinguishers.

What to Look for in the Best Criminal Defense Attorney

Traits, Characteristics to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you’ve been wrongly convicted of a crime, it may seem like the entire world is against.  Maybe you’ve lost all hope.  That’s not uncommon.  When you’re wrongly convicted of a crime, you’re often treated like you actually committed a crime.  However, there is hope.  Criminal defense attorneys work directly with their clients to ensure the charges are dropped and you can return to a normal life.  Here are the top traits and characteristics to look for in a criminal defense attorney.

The Best Criminal Defense Attorneys

Trial Tested Success

Before you settle on a st. louis criminal defense attorney, it’s essential that you know what each attorney’s success rate is.  Their success rate is essentially how many cases they’ve won divided by how many cases they’ve represented.  However, sometimes the success rate is more detailed.  For example, some criminal defense attorneys are able to lessen sentencing.

Regardless, it’s important to take a look at each attorney’s website and do your own research.  Some useful sites include SuperLawyer, FindLaw, and Avvo.

Trust and Compassion

As mentioned above, being wrongly convicted can be terrifying and stressful.  Some criminal defense attorneys are only in it for the money and publicity.  It’s important to always research each attorney.  Avoid firms and attorneys that seem super corporate.  Defense attorneys that are very corporate or advertise heavily, often neglect clients. Both trust and compassion, essentially humanity, are very important as the process of overturning a conviction will be tough.

Each case is unique, good defense attorneys know this.

Personalised Defense

Each case is different.  Too many lawyers and firms treat all cases the same.  Each case represents an individual.  Criminal defense attornies that fail to recognize each case as unique, will have to work harder and could cost you your freedom.  Always make sure that a criminal defense attorney values your life and understands the importance of developing a unique and customized plan.