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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

But the reality is, most of us are no chef. Wonderful meal times can be stressful, time-consuming, and really feel like a chore. There’s stuff everywhere as you’re trying to prep, measure, and cook all in one go. The right tool is never where you need it, the food is burning on the stove, and then there’s the dreaded cleanup. There has to be a better way.

Well, now there is. Meet Prep Deck, the world’s first all-in-one recipe preparation system loaded with everything you need to easily prepare chaos-free meals. Prep Deck comes with 15 ingredient containers that not only keep you organized but also double as measuring cups and measuring spoons. A range of prepping tools like a zester, grater, juicer, peeler, and more clip directly onto the containers so you can finally prep, measure, and store without making a mess. The stylish exterior doubles as a large cutting board and is detachable for easy cleaning. There’s a removable compartment for collecting your scraps, and there’s even a place for your phone or tablet so you can follow along with your favorite recipes.

Prep Deck is on a mission to bring back the joy of cooking. So, which shark is ready to prep their checkbooks and get to cooking up some profits with Prep Deck? Yeah, really cool product, and I like the name a lot – Prep Deck. As one of the judges said, it’s highly suggestive of what the product is without being too descriptive. You hear Prep, and you think preparation. A deck, like, you know, I’m gonna prep something. I think prep, I think food prep, right? So it’s a really great suggestive trademark, and it’s kind of what we would coach a lot of clients to do with their branding – find a suggested brand that’s not overly descriptive.

So, you’ve been registered since 2018. When you have a pending trademark or you don’t have a trademark at all, you use the TM symbol. That’s how you put folks on notice that you believe you have some sort of common law or unregistered right in the brand. When you get the registration certificate from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, then you use the circle R, the registered trademark symbol. So they should be using that.

He actually goes on to walk away from a deal. Mr. Wonderful will try to offer a debt equity deal. Apparently, it’s extremely profitable, well-thought-through. So I looked it up. They do have a Utility Patent granted, so excellent there. They went ahead and filed a child patent on a design.

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