Tips on getting a patent for your product

If you are lucky enough to invent a product that is not yet on the shelves, protecting your product is extremely important. With such an achievement, many people may wish to steal your idea and take it as their own. The best way to protect your product is you get a patent for it, making it illegally yours. Here are some simple steps to getting a patent for your product: Record keeping- This entails details on how you came up with the idea, the changes you made to it, when you began working on it, the difficulties you’ve endured during the whole process with as many details as possible. Qualifying for patenting- Not all inventions can be patented. That’s why it’s always wise to check if it meets certain criteria’s. Before you apply for a patent, the product must not be on sale or known to other people. Also do a patent search to see if there any other similar products that already exist. Make the Application- Once you’ve established that your product meets the requirements mentioned above, you can now proceed to filing a patent application with your regions patent authority.


Using shrink tunnel packaging for your products

In today’s packaging world, shrink tunnel is considered to be the ideal method for packaging your products. The benefits become obvious when you compare this method to alternatives that are available out there in the market and we’re going to guide you through some of the key advantages in this article. In some cases, shrink tunnel packaging is used for the sole purpose of providing protection to an item. In other cases, it is used to enhance the visual appearance of a product. Then there are other practical uses like keeping something air tight or using shrink wrapping to help hold the contents of a package in place. These are the things that will determine the choice that you will make. At times it is a question of the strength of the wrapping material that needs to be taken into account. Another important aspect is the time factor. For example, when goods need to be packed for a long period of time they need durable shrink-wrapping. Once you have determined and purchased the kind of shrink tunnel packaging that you need you will move on to the next step of wrapping your products. This will, of course, require you to…


The Amazon Tap – A handy gadget to have

We must say, we’re pretty impressed with the new Amazon Tap, a wireless portable Bluetooth speaker. Why is it different from other speakers on the market right now? Well, firstly being made by Amazon gives it a huge boost, but the best feature is the microphone button. Simply press this once and you can ask for music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. The device uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music but you can also keep busy by getting it to read you the news, provide weather reports and even order a pizza! Now you’re listening right? This powerful speaker is more than just a speaker, it’s a smart speaker that makes your life easier, but in terms of sound it delivers 360-degrees of omni-directional audio and provides up to nine hours of playback. What more would you want from a portable speaker?


3D Printing – The basics

There are many different steps in the 3D printing process, and no matter what some people believe, it’s simply not a case of showing the printer a picture and telling it to go and make it. A 3D printer needs a model to print – a 3D object created as a 3D drawing. The computer recognizes this file type and then ‘slices’ the model into sections, which is printed one on top of another to build the model up from the bottom. For some prototypes or products, there will need to be ‘floating’ sections of a model, and in this case, the printer will build in temporary supports to ensure that even the most complex models can be printed. It’s an extremely clever device and even though 3D printing has lost its novelty factor recently, it’s still an incredible concept and it’s only going to improve over the coming years.


How lasers improved my packaging

I was spending so much money on packaging with my former suppliers, and I didn’t really realise this until my sales dropped and I was forced to shop around. I managed to find a relatively small company that specialised in packaging using laser-cutting techniques. Instead of having product codes, logos or names in printed ink, they marked every cardboard carton with a high-tech laser, and what grabbed my attention was the finished product. I had a prototype created and it didn’t disappoint, whist I was able to move over to 100% recycled packaging. Okay so I probably could have found another printing firm at a cheaper price, but my packaging wouldn’t look quite as cool as it does now. My logo is rather intricate, and I never thought they’d be able to use laser cutting techniques to create the design but I really can’t say I’ve been disappointed.

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