As it stands right now Lourdes faces the challenge that many inventors face, which is how to get that patent to production. It has already been quite a journey for her. She first filed a provisional patent in 2014, which gave her a year to then file the utility patent. Mostly every thing was wrong. She had submitted no drawings or pictures with her provisional patent and as a matter of code with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, no new matter can be submitted when filing the non provisional patent, and not to mention that by the end of that years time Lourdes had made several changes and improvements to the invention which could not be then incorporated into the existing patent application. So that was a scrap and she started the whole process all over again, though this time around she started with the utility patent. This time she submitted 12 drawings, four of which had been drawn up for her by a very talented young man and the rest were drawings that she did herself along with the help of her young children.
About two weeks after she filed her utility patent application she received a notice from the patent office informing her that the drawings were rejected, all twelve of them, but she had two months to submit drawings that would be acceptable. She went back to the young man that did the first four drawings for her but he was unable to help her. She asked a couple of other people that could help her, but there seemed to be a closed door everywhere she turned. Eventually though, there were two wonderful people that could. She found Cory Wright of Wright Designs and the beautiful Ms. Elicia Huggins, a graduate of Virginia Tech. The drawings they produced were perfect. It was down to the wire but it got done.
For Lourdes, this was one of the hardest things she says she has ever done. "It was especially hard to do the Specifications section of the patent application, for the fact that I had no one to tell me whether or not it was right or wrong",says Lourdes. She smiles at the thought of all the money she saved that she didn't have in the first place by doing it herself. A Patent Attorney would have cost her a couple of thousand.
As Lourdes saw a video online, published by Inc. Magazine with the producer of the award winning reality t.v. show Shark Tank, in which he talked about how to get from patent to production, she was brought to her knees. She said that it was like a wake call, a reminder that it was time for her gear back up, put the saddle on the horse and get back to work.
Stay tuned now. Let's see where this journey takes her.