As I continue along my journey with Z Spools, I approach a significant milestone: filing a utility patent. My patent experience began last summer when I filed a provisional patent (allows you to safe guard any intellectual property for a year). Because I pitched Z Spools at a competition that was filmed in the spring of 2017, as to maintain the ownership of my IP, I filed a provisional patent knowing that I would have one year to complete necessary research as to compile data for a utility patent. Well, the time has come! It is July 2018 and I have one month until this deadline arrives. Currently, I am on track to reaching this goal which is perfect because in late August, I leave for Shanghai for a study abroad program! Things are looking up!