Q: Can I patent an insulated holder, like a can koozie, but for electronic vaporizers?
I have a design for an insulated holder, like a can koozie, except instead of holding a can, it holds electronic vaporizers (Handheld “vapes” used for smoking herbs/herbal concentrates). Popular electronic vaporizers, like the Pax brand, have a common problem where the unit gets extremely hot while using to the point that you cannot hold it to use it. You can find similar vaporizer holders online, except they are all made of materials like plastic or leather, and could cause the unit to overheat. My design and construction material is less expensive, and the material increases airflow to the unit, decreasing chance of overheating. Is this a design that could possibly be patented? Or, if not a patent, is there another way I can guard this design, and similar designs for other handheld vaporizers while for sale in retail stores?
A: Dear Matthew,
First of all, congratulations on your creativity!
To best answer your question, we would need to do a patentability search to make sure that your invention is novel and non-obvious over other similar products. If the search shows that there is no impending prior art, we can file a patent application.
It is also very important that you don't disclose your invention by talking or writing about it until you have filed your application.
Please feel free to give me a call if you need more information.
Liliana Di Nola-Baron, J.D., Ph.D.
Attorney at Law
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