tons of sphagnum peat moss each year, Mont pondered a man-made alternative to this environmental resource.
Fresh out of college and working for a nursery chain, Mont turned his kitchen into a lab and began playing in the dirt. My mom gave me an old Cuisinart. I began grinding up newspaper and organic elements, and eventually hit upon a mix that was stable for growing seedlings, he explained.
Mont turned to Hartman Global Intellectual Property Law for guidance. I knew patents existed and that I needed one. But I didnt know if I was ready and I wasnt, he recalled.
Mont came to the firm with a one-paragraph
product description. While that was enough for a patent search, it wouldnt
support an application. My original work was hands on a dash
of this and a bit of that. I didnt know to measure my ingredients,
Applying Scientific Principles
The firms patent attorneys, all of whom started their careers as engineers, guided Mont as they worked together to develop his single paragraph into a 20-page patent application with drawings.
But the work wasnt done. Although he received a patent for that original application 20 years ago, his idea languished until 2013 when he neared his 50th birthday. I said to myself, If I dont work on PittMoss now, I never will, and Ill regret it when Im older, Mont recalled. He quit his job, cashed in his 401(k), and sold his house, using the proceeds to build a full-scale proof-of-concept manufacturing facility. In August 2013, we made our first ton of product, he said. Hartman Global continues to work with PittMoss to protect its most recent developments.
Patents Help Attract Sharks
Our long history with Hartman Global helped seal the deal with our sharks. They saw the longevity of the relationship and appreciated that the firm could explain why PittMoss earned a patent, how our new developments are patentable, and that we would have a monopoly for the next 17 to 20 years, Mont noted. If anyone is looking for a quality patent attorney, they cant do better than Hartman Global.