This week, a slightly wonky but patriotic and July 4th appropriate object of my gratitude: the systems for intellectual property protection in the United States. Our trademark for Inspiring Capital was published in the official Gazette on Tuesday! Pretty riveting stuff: http://tmog.uspto.gov/#date=2014-07-01&serial=86021625. Not only am I grateful that our claim to this name is now protected, but it gave me a chance to browse the other trademarks published, which makes me grateful for American inventiveness. I'm not sure what ChessHero, Slimlazy, I'm a Married Man, or Give your Dog a Voyce are or do, but I am glad that they exist and the geniuses behind them are able to protect the names as their own!

And on that note, it's time to celebrate America. Enjoy a safe, happy, and creative long weekend!