Business

What is an ecommerce solution

So you know you want to sell your products online, but aren’t sure where to start? It’s difficult to know which ecommerce solution to use because there’s so many on the market. And will your chosen solution grow with you as your online business expands? For example; Does it have all the reporting or stock control you need? Does it have the right built in payment solutions? What is DAM? What is PIM?You may not have even thought of all the things you need to get started which is why we’re here to help.

Or maybe you already trade online but you’re finding that the ecommerce solution you’re using doesn’t do quite everything you need it to. Indeed, your business may have grown to such a level that increased security has become a must for you. It may end up more cost and time effective in the long run to start again rather than keep bolting on extra functionality which makes reporting and forecasting difficult.

So what is an ecommerce solution? An ecommerce solution is a way to sell products online and is more commonly know as a shopping cart. The solution should enable you to add and manage products, customers and orders that are placed on your website. As a result of having such a solution you will need to ensure that it is linked to suitable payment solutions such as WorldPay, Paypal, SagePay or allow customers to place orders directly through your site via credit/debit card and your business bank.

Which ecommerce solution is the best for you? There are so many ecommerce solutions available on the web it is almost like a minefield to choose which is the best; should you go for a free solution or a paid solution? Should you choose an expensive or cheap solution? Should you use a programming specialist or should you use a web design company? These are all questions which this article cannot answer for you; however we can provide you with some thoughts to guide you.

Firstly, if you do not understand the programming language that you cart comes in then we would recommend that you use a web design or programming specialist. If you download a free solution it will need constantly updating; there will be “bugs” in the solution which will need a programmer to fix as and when they arise. Additionally, you will not know enough about site compromisation (hacking of your website) and security to ensure that your customer information is secure. In the end all of the extra pieces of information you will need along with programming time a free ecommerce solution will cost you and your business more than buying an off the shelf solution or using a web design/programming specialist.

Hiring office renovation company

Keep a Flexible Timeline – There are certain times of year, most often during the winter, when even the best of office renovation and remodeling contractors in Singapore are simply not that busy. If it is at all possible schedule your project during one of those periods; you may be able to cut a very nice deal financially with a contractor who wants (and needs) to keep busy during those lulls in business.

Obtain at Least Three Quotes – office renovation experts in Singapore repeat this over and over again. In order to ensure that you really are getting the most bang for your buck you should never go with just one estimate of the cost of your particular remodeling job.

When reviewing the bids compare the materials that are being proposed for use as well as the overall dollar amount. While you want to save money, you do not want to sacrifice quality too much. Using better quality materials now will probably save you money on repairs down the line. Once you have selected the best Office Renovation Singapore company to work with, do not expect it to be a final figure, there are always unexpected costs to be considered.

While most of us renovate primarily to make our office more comfortable to work in, you should also keep an eye to how much value it’s adding to the property. Thus, even if you have no intention of reselling in the near future, you will still want to know that, should you sell, you’ll get at least some of your money back.

Utility Patent

What it is

Patents may be obtained for useful inventions, thereby including machines, articles of manufacture, processes, and compositions of matter. A utility patent is distinguished from a design patent in that the utility patent covers the functional aspects of the invention, while the design patent covers the ornamental aspects of a useful device.

Accordingly, utility patents are much stronger and more difficult to design around than are design patents. For example, if one could obtain a utility patent for a platform with a means for support (i.e., a table), such a patent claim would effectively prevent anyone else from making almost any table. Such would be an extremely powerful patent as explained in https://www.hngn.com/articles/227862/20200113/what-can-the-experts-at-inventhelp-do-for-you.htm post.

Requirements

The essential requirements for a utility patent are that it be useful, novel and non-obvious.

1. Utility – the device or process must have a purpose. Since nearly everything is useful, nearly everything meets this patentability requirement.

2. Novelty – the device or process cannot have been done before. This basically means that it cannot have been described in a single patent or other publication.

3. Non-obviousness – the device or process cannot have been an obvious invention to one who is skilled in the field of art that the device or process falls into. This is typically the most difficult rejection to overcome. However, to reject on this basis, the patent office must find two or more patents or other publications that would have been available to one who practices in the field of the invention that when taken together disclose all the elements claimed in your patent application.

Term (life)

The term of a utility patent filed on or after after June 8, 1995 is 20 years from the date of filing of the application or its earliest priority date. Derivative applications such as continuations, continuations-in-part, and divisional applications will typically be limited to the same 20 years from the filing date of the original application as to any common matter. A patent application in process on June 8, 1995 still retains the former term of 17 years from date of issue.

Types – parents and children

The initial patent application is often called a “Parent” and applications that are filed that take priority to it are often called “Children”. As mentioned above certain derivative child applications can arise from a parent patent application, but may be restricted to the term of the original patent as described on https://millennialmagazine.com/2020/01/13/dont-give-up-on-your-invention-idea-turn-to-inventhelp/.

Continuation – this is essentially the same application with a new set of claims to the original invention.

Continuation-in-part – this application is similar to a continuation, but includes some matter that wasn’t in the original application and claims to some or all of the new matter.

Divisional – when the patent office determines that there is more than one invention in a patent application, it will require restriction to one of the inventions. This is done by withdrawing (and eventually cancelling) the claims to the other invention(s). The applicant can re-file the application as a second application called a divisional with the claims that were withdrawn from the first application.

Maintenance fees

Except for plant and design patents, and reissues of patents that weren’t required to pay maintenance fees, all patent filed on or after December 12, 1980 require maintenance fees.

For small entities (individuals and small companies) the fees are:

  • From 3 to 3.5 years, or up to 4 years with surcharge
  • From 7 to 7.5 years, or up to 8 years with surcharge
  • From 11 to 11.5 years, or up to 12 years with surcharge

Large entities pay double the small entity fee.

Patents for Processes, Business Methods, and Software

The U.S. statutes authorizing patents include patenting for processes, acts or methods. Where originally such patents were largely envisioned and used for manufacturing and chemical or industrial processes, this patent category has been extended to include business process methods and computer algorithms.

There is still a lot of controversy in this category concerning what is simply an idea versus what is an invention. Precedents are being established more frequently in court cases than by legislation. The cases arise when a patent holder brings a claim of infringement on a rival, and the rival counterclaims that the patent is invalid because the “invention” is not patentable as described in https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/43137/20200108/why-inventhelp-is-a-great-resource-for-new-inventors.htm post.

Patents for Plants

Competition for plant patents is high within the horticulture industry where commercial plant growers strive to create new and popular varieties that they can patent. With a plant patent, the grower can enjoy a 20-year monopoly on the protected variety.

The requirements and restrictions concerning what plants can and can’t be patented are very technical. If you have a plant you think is worth patenting, please refer to the USPTO.gov web site for more detailed information.

Patents on Compositions of Matter

Compositions of matter are specifically patentable. These generally refer to chemical compounds, metal alloys or even formulas for protective coatings, but can also refer to pharmaceuticals and newly created components of living cells.

Design Patents

A design patent applies to the ornamental appearance of a useful article. Coca Cola’s original bottle shape was covered by a design patent. The design patent did not apply to the function of the bottle, but merely to its shape. Design patents provide protection from being copied for a period of 14 years and you can learn more about them on https://www.latinpost.com/articles/143207/20200108/why-new-inventors-need-assistance-from-inventhelp.htm.

Atomic Weapons, Laws of Nature and Physical Phenomena Excluded

Unfortunately, if your new and non-obvious invention is useful only in an atomic weapon, the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 makes it unpatentable.

Patent statutes also specifically disallow patents covering laws of nature and physical phenomena.

If Isaac Newton, Ben Franklin and Albert Einstein had made their discoveries today, it would have taken an incredibly gifted team of patent attorneys to carve out any basis for patent protection for the laws of gravity, the principles of electricity and the theory of relativity.

Why should I go to a Patent Agent instead of a Patent Attorney?

Both patent agents and patent attorneys have passed the Patent Bar exam administered by the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and therefore, are both authorized to file patents with the USPTO.

The difference between the two is that a patent attorney has passed the state bar exam and, therefore, is authorized to plead in court if, for example, there is a need to litigate.

In filing a patent, a patent agency can be significantly less expensive than a patent attorney. In fact, a patent agency, such as InventHelp, well versed in the technology of the invention may be more qualified to perform the patent search and write the specification and the claims, than a patent attorney not familiar with the technology.

Later in the life of a patent, if litigation becomes necessary, as in the case of infringement, a patent attorney can be retained to conduct a lawsuit. Since litigation is a relatively rare occurrence, you may not have to incur the expense of a patent attorney.

How much is it going to cost?

The cost will depend on the complexity of the invention, the extent of the search, the size of the specifications, the number of drawings, and the intricacy and number of claims.

What can I do to reduce my cost?

To facilitate task, and therefore, lower your cost, you can provide with the following:

A clear, complete and concise description of your invention.

Enough details to enable a person of ordinary skill in the art of making and using it without undue experimentation, trials and errors.

Typically, an invention includes several variations or modes. It is important to provide the description of at least one implementation which you believe to be the best mode.

In what format should I submit the description of the invention?

Ideally your written description should be as close to the final product as possible. It should include the specification, the claims and the drawings:

Specification:

Title

Background: This section states the field of the invention, describes the problem that the invention is intended to solve, and the state of the art regarding competing and current methods for solving the problem. The background should also include the objects and advantages of the invention over the prior art.

Summary: This is short description of the invention.

Brief Description of the Drawings: Each drawing should be described in a short, one or two line paragraph.

Detailed Description of the Invention: This section explains the invention in details, referring to the components in the drawings by means of reference numerals. If the invention has already been reduced to practice, then it is customary to use the past tense. Otherwise, the present and imperative are used to describe a predicted operation.

Abstract: This is a complete, concise and clear paragraph of about 250 words or less.

Claims

The claims are the legal part of the invention and defines the area of intellectual property you are staking out. While you can try writing the claims, please do not spend too much time on this, as your patent agent or patent attorney will have to review them very carefully and rewrite them in legal terms.

Drawings

Each drawing should include reference numerals pointing to the parts mentioned in the specification. The drawings do not have to be “engineering drawings” but they should include all the details essential to your invention.

Your patent attorney will perform a patent search to assess the extent and nature of the prior art.

They will write the specification and drawings in the appropriate format and compose the claim to maximize your coverage, given the result of the prior art search. Patent attorney will then go through one or several editing cycles that will involve either meeting in person or communicating electronically until are both satisfied with the application as written on https://www.oddee.com/how-inventhelp-can-assist-new-inventors/.

They will then submit the application with the appropriate forms, to the Patent Office.

Patent attorney will respond to the rejections and objections of the patent examiner and argue your case with him until he and they come to an agreement on the coverage of the claims.

Patent Requirements

If you are an owner of an invention, it is of the utmost importance to file and register your patent to prevent others from copying your invention, importing your invention, disposing of your invention, or using your invention, or manufacturing and trading with your invention without your knowledge or approval.

Once you receive a patent then you can have the peace of mind knowing that no one can trade with your product for up to twenty years without your approval by means of a legal binding contract or license. An owner of an invention who has patent protection in place can however allow others to trade with the invention by means of a legal agreement and monthly royalty payment agreement to the owner, based on sales of the invention.

USA patent act requirements are all relatively straightforward. An invention needs to be new, inventive and serve an actual purpose that can be put to good use in order to qualify as a patentable invention as explained on https://www.techtimes.com/articles/246245/20191127/why-inventhelp-is-essential-for-entrepreneurs.htm. However, there are many terms and conditions which relate to the requirements which might disqualify an invention from being considered patentable according to the US patent act such as:

If an invention is public knowledge, been used commercially before or there is another invention on the market already which is similar the invention, as the invention will then not be regarded as novel.

If a skilled person in the same field of trade considers the invention to be obvious, as the invention will not be regarded as inventive.

If public disclosure of the invention occurred before applying to file the patent – searches should be conducted through patent databases as well as literature databases to confirm that an invention is novel.

If the exact or similar invention exists in another country then the invention will no longer be seen as novel and the invention will be denied a patent application as you can see from https://www.state-journal.com/business/inventors-benefit-from-greater-resources-with-inventhelp/article_2ed00b0a-0a69-11ea-bce0-077a934cdaa3.html.

However, if someone would like to copy an invention or manufacture something similar, of another inventor in another country, even though he or she will be prohibited to apply for a patent due to the fact that he/she is not the inventor themselves, the person can perform an infringement search through the USA Patent Office. And, if no USA patent exists for that invention, that person may manufacture and trade with that invention.

What Are Promotional Videos

Promotional videography is an style of marketing that uses short films and clips to promote your business, increase your clientele, and encourage repeat business. Through engaging videos, you can expose your business to people who otherwise would not be looking out for it, or to people who wouldn’t know how to find it.

Promotional videography works by producing videos that feature your product, service, and website. Once the professionals have created an entertaining video about your product, they place it on the internet. Professional marketing team will make your video rank on the top of search engine lists, so that your target customers will find it when they are searching online.

Promotional videos for business are worth investing in, because after paying a one time fee, you will continuously receive a return on your initial investment. This is a targeted ad campaign that doesn’t go away.

At DarVideo.tv, they produce affordable and entertaining videos for every budget. They will work with you to create videos that promote your product and fit your vision. To find out how to take advantage of this new and creative way to make an impact on the web, contact Darvideo.tv today.

Secured or Unsecured Business Loans

If you require funds for your business in Sweden, then you must be in a fix as to which one to choose- a secured loan or an unsecured. Usually, in such junctures when we have to take some kind of financial decisions, we tend to get a little confused regarding investment and return on that investment. In this article we will try to clear your confusion.

Secured loans are the ones in which you get the money against a collateral you have offered. It is a loan against an asset. The loan will be backed by collateral which can be any property that you own for instance plant, machinery. The collateral minimizes the risk for the lender as it ensures that the borrower will repay the money in order to secure the property. In case of non repayment, the collateral can be used by the lender to compensate for the amount not paid by the borrower. Collateral’s may include commercial property, vehicles, and accounts receivable. Some types of secured business loans include personal guarantee backed by home loan, car loan secured business loan against raw material or stock.

Unsecured loans are such loan where the borrower does not have to provide any kind of security. You can draw the money without any kind of collateral. Your credit worthiness will be measured on the basis of your credit rating history. Lenders find such loan risky because these do not carry any security. The rate of interest for repaying such loans is normally higher than other forms of loans especially secured loans.

Bank overdraft, personal and credit card loans are unsecured. Now that you know what these loans are respectively, we will talk about the selection. The foremost factor is that of the rate of interest. An unsecured business loan demands greater rate of interest than a secured one because the secured one has collateral against the loan. The next factor is the end use of the money. Loan against property can be used for any purpose including business. The stipulated time in which you have to repay the loan also influences the decision. Secured loans often offer extended repayment terms along with a lesser rate of interest. You can also choose between variable and fixed rate in case of secured loans. There are a lot of financial portals online in Sweden where you can jämför ränta på företagslån.

On the other hand unsecured loans are better when you are in need of instant cash. The process of approval is quick. Hence, keeping these factors in mind will be helpful when you have to choose between secured and unsecured business loans.

Small Business Consultants

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Presentations of Inventions

You have an idea for a new invention and you have already developed it. However, you know that you do not have the resources to produce your invention and make a profit. Well, companies ask for presentations of inventions quite regularly, so this could present some wonderful opportunities for you.

Your first step before making an invention presentation is to obtain a patent. Contact a patent attorney and the patent and trademark office of the United States. The patent attorney will help you through the filing process and help you make sure you are legally protected against any possible problems. There is a fee, but since this may change, it is better to contact the USPTO yourself. This step protects your invention and idea of being stolen and you can get more info from this article https://www.christiandaily.com/article/could-you-make-the-world-a-better-place-with-advice-from-inventhelp/62385.htm.

The next step is to find a list of companies that accept presentations of inventions. For example, if your invention involves automobiles, look for an automobile-related company that is open to review invention presentations. Most of these companies recommend that you first patent your idea. This protects him and prevents problems such as stealing ideas. You can search for potential companies on the Internet or call the companies that interest you and ask if they review the patented inventions.

This is a great option for a large company. A great idea can help increase your profits. They may already have the idea, but they got the patent before them. This makes an association worth considering. They have the resources and you have the idea. Just make sure that they compensate you adequately, learn more about this step from http://thestartupmag.com/inventhelp-inventions-ideas-make-world-better-place/.

Therefore, if you have an invention, consider making invention presentations to relevant companies. This can help increase your own benefits and take you out of the production process. Just be sure to patent your idea before sharing your invention with a company.

Say Goodbye to Drafts With New uPVC Doors

PVC Doors

During the winter months a lot of homes around the country suffer from drafts and many homeowners struggle to establish exactly where these drafts are emanating from. The windows in the home can often be a common area where the outside elements creep through, but one area which is often not thought about is where the doors stand.

Many people consider timber front and back doors as being indestructible and offering them the amount of allowing cold air to filter through to kitchen or home entrances. If living room doors are also open then it means the cold air can also then start to invade that area of the home, the area in which we most rely on to be warm as this is where most people will spend their time when present in their home. When it gets cold in the living room what is the first thing most people will resort to doing? Turning up the heating of course.

PVC Doors

Both uPVC windows and uPVC doors can reduce your reliance on your heating systems and the chance of drafts getting into the home via these outlets is virtually impossible. Their uPVC construction means that they are sealed tight to frames and the most reliable protector against any sort of weather conditions.

As uPVC windows are made up of double glazing it means that they are energy efficient and can help reduce your carbon footprint, something which the government is urging us all to contribute towards. uPVC doors need not be just made up of plain glass, there are decorative options you can choose from so that your glazing need not be boring.

So it is out with the old and with the new. Get those old wooden timber window and door frames replaced with their more reliable modern day equivalents and you can be assured of a warm household 365 days a year.