We had the good fortune of connecting with Bruce Lev and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bruce, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
After working for the government and then for companies in the private sector in the field of Intellectual Property (patents) I decided that working for myself was possible for me and had many advantages. For one, I could work from home saving myself the stress, strains, and costs of commuting, avoid the need to buy suits and ties, and avoid the costs of eating lunch out every day. Further, I could set my own schedule and thereby help my wife and kids at a moments notice whenever necessary.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business and services are to help inventors, individual and businesses, to acquire patent protection for their new and useful inventions. My experience working for the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) as a Primary Patent Examiner for 10 years, along with working as a registered Patent Agent for 15 years now is a hard combination of experience to match. Knowing what goes on within the USPTO and their sometimes very strange procedures is invaluable in helping others try to obtain patent coverage on their inventions. The hardest part of starting my own patent services business was obtaining clients. It was slow to start. But, as I helped others obtain patents word spread and my (positive) reputation grew quickly. Many new clients have told me that they were convinced to give my services a try because of my experience working within the USPTO, and also because of the numerous excellent reviews I have received on-line. Another aspect of my abilities is being very creative. As a hobby I love to listen to, play, and create music. And, I am also an inventor and offer my creativity to each client to help improve and produce and even promote their inventions. Of course any ideas I think of remain the sole property of the inventors. It’s just another reason to choose my services.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would start by taking them to Lake Pleasant for a boat ride and lunch/dinner at Scorpion Bay. The next day to a Cactus League Spring Training baseball game at the Peoria Sports Complex followed by an authentic NY style pizza pie at Ray’s Pizza on 83rd & Deer Valley Rd. Then it’s off to Sedona and the Oak Creek Canyon for a day or two to see the Red Rocks and hike the canyon’s West Fork trail. If they like to ski I would take them to Flagstaff and hit the Snow Bowl. If they wanted to travel a little further outside the city the Grand Canyon is just another 2 hours from Sedona. Other options include professional hockey, basketball, and football games, and even ASU or UofA college sports. If a really good musical act is in town the Gila River Arena in Glendale is also close by.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our Founding Fathers. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ban Franklin and others envisioned creating a means to inspire and create an incentive for people to invent and improve our lives. The US Constitution includes a provision for Congress to promote the arts and sciences by forming a patent system, which my entire career is based upon.