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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Next in the tank is a productivity tool when working from home

I’m Steve skillings from New England I’m the CEO of BusyBox and we’re here seeking 200 000 for 15 of the company sharks are you tired of accidental interruptions ruining your meetings and your focus hey Steve you busy oh yeah I’m in a meeting sorry not go oh what was I saying meeting Focus oh meeting Focus sharks at the beginning of the pandemic my house turned into a four-person work from home space and accidental interruptions were a constant problem being an inventor type I set out to fix it it’s why we invented BusyBox the first status sign made for work from home professionals to use it you simply mount it on your door you connect it to our app and you can change the lighting and brightness all right I want to get your your feedback Matt first on that busy box yeah I mean I I like the name actually um I think it’s highly suggestive of what the product actually does you know I see we see a lot of really crappy names on Shark Tank for for products and services but you know busy boxes it’s a pretty good name right it’s kind of catchy it’s got that alliteration the you know busy box yeah um like I said it’s highly suggestive of what the product actually does and once you hear what the product is you’re like oh I get it he’s busy right in his little box like it’s a busy box so I like the name it’s registered so they did a good job with that um yeah what about the patent side of things Pat inside it was patent pending at the time of the presentation and I did I could not find a patent granted um they likely been into some major issues on 101 eligibility it’s a method for organizing human activity um it’s unlikely a method because the boxes like that exist right lights and you know letters and numbers uh even battery operated that aren’t necessarily requiring a hard wire it’s not novel so they probably had to go after some method and made it specific to you know work from home type of environments and that and personally is not eligible because it’s it’s abstract it’s more just organization of what’s already happening so that’s likely what happened with them um but uh and then that price point was way high sales um then I want to get your opinion on on that product and maybe what uh listed out to you oh I agree the price point seems really high I think it could be I mean I could see somebody buying it for a partner or something like that as a gift so it’s it’s semi-interesting but I I mean it’s it’s hard for me to imagine it just really taking off at that price point yeah yeah I mean someone who works from home like like me like right they have the kids and my wife outside the office it would be nice like that’s kind of a cool device I like it’s kind of not you know not a nice novelty but I’d pay 50 bucks for it Max yeah I agree none of the Sharks a bit um so they walked away without an investment um they were worried that the um the two guys they did present sort of this additional version that would kind of allude to workplace productivity and try to enhance you know the way that people are working and you know so you wouldn’t knock on doors and that type of thing and be more productive but that didn’t really solve very well because it was just it’s all about just communicating whether you’re available or not um so they were like the adult version of putting a sock on the door when you’re in college is that what this is um well that’s a that’s a different type of work and that’s for a different type of thing um I think I mean busy right busy is is definitely the overall theme um but you’re right that would be a much more uh cost effective approach so

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at