TAMPA, Fla. — Washlava, the mobile technology company that enables laundry customers to reserve and pay for machines from their smartphone, reports it has received formal notification of intent to issue by the U.S. Patent Office.
Patent No. 10,168,678—described by Washlava as “the first of its kind,” and scheduled to have been issued Tuesday, January 1—covers the best of breed technology that interfaces with laundry services and facilities enabling Washlava users to reserve, pay for, and control the laundry equipment from a smartphone.
“This patent, the first of many soon to come, is an indication of not only our superior technical and engineering capabilities, but of our relentless commitment to delivering a seamless, modern, shared laundry experience for the thousands of users we serve now, and the millions to come,” says founder and CEO Todd Belveal.
Washlava says the patent is the first of three pending for cashless laundry technology.
In 2017, Washlava launched the world’s first exclusively smartphone-enabled Laundromat with its patented technology. Since then, the company says it has grown to serve thousands of users across the United States and Europe and proven its technology in all forms of shared-laundry markets, including traditional Laundromats, university campuses, multi-family housing, and hotels.
Belveal says with its core technology largely complete and proven, Washlava is poised to begin scaling in 2019.
“This recognition of our intellectual property, and protection thereof, is positive proof of the genuine innovation inherent in Washlava’s technology,” he says. “More importantly, it establishes and protects the foundation for an overdue transformation of the shared laundry services essential to tens of millions of households around the world.”