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According to an article in the DesMoines Register, Cindy Gordon owes her patent to a windy day. As a breeze whipped around the tent she had erected at a local high school craft show, she thought that there had to be a better way of securing the tent’s legs. When a fellow artist came to her with a couple of square steel weights, her own journey toward receiving a patent began.


Gordon sketched designs and brought them to a local company so they could manufacture a prototype for her. On January 3, 2006, Gordon’s invention became patented, and she called it “Happifeet.” She has sold about twenty of the the four weight sets for $150 each, hoping for more this spring.


Gordon advises new inventors to do more research on the patent process before embarking on such an endeavor. She urges prospective inventors to “give it a lot of thouught and really investigate the product.”


Anyone wishing to file a patent appication should consult with a patent lawyer who is more familiar with the issues inherent in dealing with the United States Patent & Trademark Office and can more efficiently handle the entire process.

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