Weekly Highlights from Boston’s Innovation blog.
Omer Dar and his team at SocialBox knew they had a great idea: a 21st century photo booth that lets users edit pictures and take video and doubles as a corporate marketing tool. But Dar feared the young company could not afford to protect its idea with a patent, until he discovered SmartUp, an online service that connects fledgling businesses to patent attorneys offering discounted legal advice.
“Finding out about this website basically saved us because it made [getting a patent] affordable,” said Dar, who cofounded SocialBox last year.
And The Boston-based online food-ordering and rating service Foodler plans to announce its first international expansion Thursday, launching partnerships with about 150 restaurants in Vancouver.