By Raeah Carroll
In this blog post we want to take a moment to celebrate our founder Ceata and her huge accomplishment of holding the most patents for a black woman in natural hair tools. She has 3 patents, and 1 pending in the design and utility functions of The PuffCuff.
Ceata is not only a business owner, she is an inventor, and her inventions have helped improve the lives of people with curly and textured hair all over the world.
What is a patent anyway?
A patent is a legal right to an invention given to a person or entity without interference from others who wish to replicate, use, or sell it. The US patent and trademark website states that patents are reserved for “...chemical compositions and machinery designs that are new, unique, and usable in some type of industry.” In simple terms, it means that ThePuffCuff is one of a kind, invented by our founder for our customers, and no other brand or company has the right to attempt to recreate or sell it.
Why does it matter?
In a world where intellectual property can be stolen and repurposed easily, it’s essential that small businesses have legal protections in place to preserve the integrity of their products. The PuffCuff’s patents showcase just how unique and valuable it is to the hair industry, specifically the natural hair community.
Paving The Way For Future Inventors
Ceata is passionate about helping other small businesses succeed and understand what it takes to create a business that is set on a firm foundation. Recently she spoke at a training seminar for The Patent and Trademark Resource Center. At this event she spoke about the journey small businesses have to take in order to make their concepts a reality.
We are so proud of our founder and the work she has done to pave the way for black women inventors and entrepreneurs. Make sure you’re following Ceata on social media to get a behind the scenes peek at how she balances life as a business owner, wife, and mom.