Provisional Patent Applications

A Provisional Patent Application is a relatively new form of intellectual property protection, which has only been available since about 1995. It is the FASTEST, CHEAPEST and EASIEST means for providing temporary protection for an invention and it does NOT require professional preparation.

What Does It Do? A Provisional Patent Application allows the inventor to mark the invention “Patent Pending” for a period of one year from the date the application is received by the Patent Office (Filing Date). There are no formal requirements for the written description or sketches and there is no examination. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about whether or not your material is adequate as explained by Invent Help experts.

A Provisional Patent Application CANNOT BECOME A PATENT and it expires one year from the filing date. IT CANNOT BE RENEWED. However, if a utility or design patent application is filed prior or to expiration of the Provisional Application, the invention would continue to be “Patent Pending” until a final determination is reached on the utility or design application.

Pros and Cons: Due to the Patent Office Secrecy Rules, no one can find out what type of application you have, when you filed or the subject matter of the application. Once the Provisional Patent Application is filed, the inventor can mark the device “Patent Pending”, can tell manufacturers licensees or others that it is and can offer the device for sale. Therefore, a Provisional Patent Application appears to provide the same protection as a Utility Application.

HOWEVER, the Provisional Application EXPIRES AFTER ONE YEAR, CANNOT BE RENEWED and CANNOT BECOME A PATENT! Therefore, if sales are successful and you want to extend your protection, or if you are negotiating for a sale or license of the invention and are getting to the point where you must show the other party what you have, you may want to file a Utility Patent Application in order to continue the protection and to have the possibility of actually obtaining a patent. Be sure to allow enough time for your patent attorney to prepare the new case.

I suggest contacting your patent attorney or agency, such as InventHelp when your provisional is about 8 months old.  You can read more about InventHelp on AZBigMedia. Also, a Provisional Patent Application CAN be used to show the date of conception, but not for computing the term of a patent. Whether or not the filing of a Provisional Patent Application starts the one year period for filing foreign applications is the subject of much debate.

A General Guide To Pesticide Control Service

Pests can negatively influence our lives by damaging our property, invading our space and threatening our health. Crop pests and rodents destroy a large portion of world’s food supply. In urban environment, most of the people are intolerant to any kind of pests in their homes as they cause some serious problems such as food poisoning and allergies. Presence of pests also affects us psychologically and emotionally.

Pest problem is much worse than we can even anticipate. In Australia alone, there are more than 18,000 pesticide control service companies dealing with all kinds of pests such as cockroaches, ants, termites, rats, fleas and mice. Smaller infestations can be dealt on your own, but for larger ones, it is advisable to hire professional pesticide control service, such as Radar Pest Control.

Dealing With Pests Without Pesticides

Pesticides can affect our health and environment negatively if not used properly. Before you call for pesticide control service, you can do few things to help eliminate and prevent pests in your house. This includes removing moisture that attracts pests, sealing to keep pests out, cleaning, preventing pests by making your house unattractive to them, using snap traps for mice and rats, using vacuum to remove ladybird beetles, spiders, fleas etc and using light traps for indoor flies.

Choosing Pesticide Control Service

When hiring a pesticide control service, it is advisable to get quotes from more than one company and then take your decision based on the quote offering best service at reasonable cost. It is not a good idea to choose any company just because it is offering the lowest bid as quality comes with an extra price. The reputable companies will cost more but will be able to provide better value for your money.

When getting the quote, get the breakdown of various components involved so that you are sure what you are paying for. Always choose the licensed and qualified pesticide control service provider. Before you sign the contract papers, thoroughly understand the type of pests, extent of infestation and the work involved to get rid of the problem. Don’t trust the bargains that sound too good to be true, because the probably are. If some pesticide control service provider has been in the business for 50 years, this does not ensure that they will be able to manage the job effectively. What really matters is the expertise, knowledge and tools available with the servicing personnel.

If you are getting home pest control service professional, be more specific about the kind of pesticide used, duration of the work and guarantee being offered by the company.

The Real Estate Website Digital Divide

As I spend most of my working hours online, I suppose I just naturally assume that everyone should have a website. Moreover, being submersed in the world of online real estate daily only served to reinforce this notion. So needless to say, I was a little surprised when I heard that there was a lot of thinking that predicated their move to a real estate website.

For the client, their reality was much different then mine. For the client, setting up a real estate website meant taking a jump into the realm of the unknown. As the client went onto explain, the web represented a literacy that they were not fluent in; a literacy that their kids could eat and breath, but that had, with the process of time excluded them.

It quickly became apparent that the decision represented much more then a need for online lead generation. For this particular client, it was facing a reality that technology had moved beyond them. This is far from tragic, the saving grace here is that client recognized their own ignorance and rather then letting it hamper their business aims, they chose to embrace it and make the jump regardless.*

Why is this moving story so important? Acceptance of new technology is often a difficult thing. In a prior post I looked at a survey that basically indicates most people resist technology simply because it is deemed expensive, frightening or time consuming (An Interesting Test). The end result is that many people are pushed to the loosing side of the digital divide. This disparity becomes greater as time rolls on. Thus, by not making the leap of faith, our client could have found themselves in a loosing position a few years from now. By jumping in with both feet, they firmly staked their ground in the digital realm and are refusing to go softly in to the night.

Apart from being the feel good story of the month, I highly encourage you to examine your own motivations for looking for a real estate website. If you find yourself shying away for reasons of ignorance, unfamiliarity or lack of time, really consider your desired outcomes. The digital divide is real and something that should not be ignored. There are great resources out there designed to take the stress out of setting up a real estate website such as this review for web developers building real estate sites. Gone are the days of needing to be a code wizard to run a real estate website. Understand your technological hang ups and move on.

Get STD Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Anyone who is sexually active should know the 2 important mantras: protect yourself and get tested. More than 30 million Americans each year become infected with an STD. When sexually active with more than one partner it is especially important to have an STD test periodically. This is to safeguard yourself and those you care about.

Many STDs have no symptoms and some only have symptoms after a length of time. Additionally, some STDs need to be specifically tested for. The good news is that most STDs are curable and all are treatable. In many cases you can even get an STD home test. But do yourself a favor and don’t wait. The longer you wait the greater the risk. Some STDs can have long term health effects if not treated. Sterility, increased cancer risk and even insanity can occur from specific STDs if left untreated. Chlamydia if left untreated can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

In women PID is an inflammation of the reproductive organs which can scar the fallopian tubes causing an ectopic pregnancy or even infertility. Rather than suffer any health-related consequences pick up an STD test at home. There are significant benefits to this option. An at home STD test can offer a number of advantages notably privacy and anonymity. Another benefit of the home STD test kits is that the scheduling is flexible. STD Test is only one of many at home testing options. Tests for HIV, herpes and hepatitis are also available on at least one 10-panel at home testing option which can be purchased at your local pharmacy or online. Most of the available at home tests provide 8-panel testing.

The STD testing cost is modestly priced. The at home package can be purchased for around 24 dollars. It requires that you provide urine and blood at one of several thousand available labs in your area. The product and testing are FDA approved and the results of the testing are available online within 24 to 48 hours later. You are provided a unique log-on and password where the STD test results can be accessed in the privacy and comfort of home. There is no mandated physical exam which is the case should you seek out a free STD test. If it turns out that you test positive, a physician will contact you if you like. The STD testing at home works well for some providing anonymous STD testing.

Vegan Diet And Iron

Vegetarians are those people who consume only plant foods, and do not eat meat or seafood and may not eat eggs. Vegans follow the same diet as vegetarians, and in addition, do not consume dairy products too. A vegan diet gives many health benefits, and with a careful diet plan, like with a vegan diet and iron, it can provide all the essential nutritional requirements of the body.

Dark green leafy vegetables and dried beans are good sources of iron, better than meat on a per calorie basis.

Absorption of iron by the body is increased markedly by eating foods containing vitamin C, along with other foods containing iron.

Anemia is a disease caused by iron deficiency is a worldwide health problem, especially in young women and children. In anemia, the healthy red blood cells reduce in the body. Iron helps in building red blood cells; when the body does not have sufficient iron, it will make lesser red blood cells or unhealthy red blood cells leading to a condition of “iron deficiency anemia”.

Less iron in our body limits oxygen delivery to cells. This results in decreased immunity, poor work performance and fatigue. On the other side, an excess amount of iron in the body can result in toxicity and sometimes even death.

It is not necessary that vegans have a higher incidence of iron deficiency than meat eaters. There is a plant based meat that is rich in iron for vegans.

Iron is a vital nutrient because of its role in carrying oxygen in the blood. Iron in the diet can be obtained from two sources, and hence the names:

Heme Iron: This is the iron found in food products from animals that originally contained hemoglobin. Red meats, fish, and poultry are the common sources of heme iron. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells which delivers oxygen to cells.

Non-Heme Iron: This is the iron that comes from plant foods like beans and lentils. Such form of iron is added to iron-fortified and iron-enriched foods.

Although heme iron is better absorbed than nonheme iron, but most of the dietary iron is nonheme iron.

Vegan diets are based only on non-heme iron. Due to this, dietary iron recommendations are higher for vegetarians and vegans, as compared to non-vegetarians.