Napa Sonoma SBDCSanta Rosa and Napa, California

"Working with the SBDC has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I came to you shy and unsure with little hope of success. Since then, I've pitched my product on the floor of trade shows, passed out my media kit, and had impromptu meetings with representatives as well as CEO's, all with confidence and knowledge."

Judy Galletti

Background
Being an avid scrap-booker, Judy Galletti was frustrated at the lack of organizational tools. “There were totable items that everyone was using. These items were, usually, on wheels in the form of luggage. When you arrived at your destination, you had to bend over, unpack, organize, clear the tabletop (of things that you just unpacked) and begin. It used to take me forever to get started (sometimes up to an hour and a half).” About three years ago, Judy made herself an organizing system. Friends told her to patent it. “I thought they were crazy. How could I possibly do that?”

Challenges

Judy took the Success Through Invention and Product Development workshops. The client came to the SBDC with her invention, a scrapbook caddy that will carry all the materials that are used to assemble a scrapbook for hobbyists. She wanted to license it to a major company that is in this business.

Actions taken

The SBDC coached her all the way through patent the process. From start to finish: idea, patent search, prototype, get costs to manufacturer, contact people and companies in the trade.

Results
Client has filed a design patent with the US Patent Office titled “an ornamental design of a scrap book caddy”.

Client went to a trade show in southern California to find a company that could license this caddy. She found three companies and we are now in discussion with one of these. 

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