of 600 games of R&D testing and bowling (over 9,000 balls rolled) produces two
(2) more successful prototype glove samples, each easily hitting the 300-game
target! These glove prototypes confirm the design stability and reliability of
the first, successful glove prototype from the summer of 2006.
Product concept and viability is confirmed and communicated through encouraging outside
support and, the first unexpected investment of $5,000!
Tester undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus of the right knee.
Tester is left-handed.
April 8, 2008
grants registration protection for the name
In addition, the USPTO grants trademark protection on the business logo/icon.
results and data is gained this time from “live” environment testing, by way of
the grueling, “2008 Peterson Classic” bowling tournament in Chicago.
Over an 8-game block, using the prototype glove, tester averages approximately 30 pins higher
than the previous year! Furthermore, out of the 240 total games
rolled by the 30 bowlers on the squad that evening, tester shoots the high game
of the evening using the prototype glove!
months of business presentations and what appears to be an endless number of
rejections from dozens of potential investors, a savvy team
of businessmen immediately recognize the tremendous potential and agree to
invest in an exciting business opportunity to bring “The Vision” to
A Design Patent is submitted to the
United States Patent & Trademark Office on the glove concept.
5 months after the first operation, tester undergoes an unexpected, second arthroscopic
knee operation on the same knee to “...take out the rest of the torn piece.”
I know what you’re thinking (“What ‘rest’?!! What does that mean,
‘the rest’#%$@*?!”). Don’t ask. Wisdom #101: Never browbeat
the one holding the scalpel, especially just before he puts you to sleep.