We had the good fortune of connecting with Tricia Brzostowicz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tricia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My decision to start my business rose from several factors. I aimed to create a balance of earning capacity and quality of life for my family and I wanted to offer the best value to my clients. Owning my own company allows me to set my own schedule around the needs of my family. It also gives me the opportunity to help many different people. Because I have low overhead I’m able to offer a valuable service at a price that is more attainable than larger firms. This benefits my clients in that some may not be able to file patent applications based on price structure of large law firms.
What should our readers know about your business?
I formed my company, Superior Patent Group, eight years ago. As a registered patent agent, I’m authorized to file applications on my behalf of clients with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Registered patent agents must have a masters level background in science or engineering and pass the Patent Bar Exam administered by the USPTO that test you on knowledge of patent laws. Having earned my masters of microbiology I worked in the Biotechnology Group at DuPont Central Research for four years before transferring to the legal department to work as a patent liaison. My expertise is in biotech, pharmaceutical, chemical, chemical engineering, medical and atomic device fields. I also file applications for mechanical devices. I love working with private inventors and small tech companies where I’m able to see how obtaining patent coverage for inventions helps their businesses grow.
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.
My favorite spots in and around Denver are the Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Aquarium, Rockies Stadium, LoDo, and to the northwest Chautauqua park and Pearl Street in Boulder, and south Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Farther afoot, I love the Breckenridge area for hiking and Glenwood Springs for family fun. A morning hike at Chautauqua would be followed by brunch at Lucile’s Creole Cafe. A stroll along Pearl Street could end at Centro Mexican Restaurant. Lodo offers many amazing restaurants. We’ve taken guests to Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs after visiting the History Colorado Center and loved it. Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours in Boulder are also a must do along with a lunch at the Dushanbe Teahouse.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve had several amazing mentors from my undergraduate and graduate professors to key supervisors. The first resource I plugged into when starting my business was the Superior Chamber of Commerce. They offered a small business mastermind group where new business owners brought challenges and helped each other establish and grow their companies. This group along with the members of Superior Chamber offered valuable teachings and support that inspired me and helped my business flourish.
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