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The world of patents and intellectual property can be daunting, especially when embarking on this journey for the first time. That’s why at Bold Patents our mission is to make the process accessible, transparent, and less intimidating, ensuring our clients feel empowered and confident in securing the intellectual property rights they deserve.
We are a team of experienced patent attorneys, dedicated to guiding and supporting inventors in their pursuit of patent and IP protection across a wide variety of industries.
At Bold Patents, many of our attorneys were engineers, scientists, and inventors themselves before dedicating their careers to helping inventors like you. We have a deep understanding of various industries and technologies, enabling us to provide tailored legal strategies that align with your specific needs and goals.
We know you’ve got everything on the line, so we work our hardest to provide the support and security you need. Each of our client relationships starts with a free discovery call, so we can get to know each other and make sure that it’s a perfect fit for both of us.
Here at Bold Patents, we help inventors and entrepreneurs reach their visionary dreams by securing rock solid patent and trademark protection.
J.D. Houvener, Patent Attorney and Founder
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses a unique perspective to their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patent in the market.
A patent is an exclusive right granted to an inventor that provides legal protection for a novel invention or discovery. It gives the patent holder the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or licensing the invention without their permission. A patent is typically granted for a specific period, usually 20 years from the date of filing, during which time the inventor has the opportunity to commercialize their invention and gain a competitive advantage in the market.
There is no renewal process for a patent, although it is possible to obtain a new patent for improved or modified designs if they’re significantly different from the original patent. Patents are crucial for promoting innovation and encouraging inventors to disclose their inventions to the public.
There are a variety of options for patent searches. These run the gamut from online self-service databases to attorney-led research teams. In these situations, you get what you pay for.
While there is a wide range of information online, patent databases can be complex to navigate and may not always have up-to-date information or include patents from all jurisdictions. As a result, a simple online search will often not help you uncover prior patents, which is frequently the very thing that leads to a denial.
Attorney-led research teams specialize in conducting thorough patent searches. They have expertise in using various search strategies to uncover relevant patents and they can provide comprehensive reports with detailed analysis, classification, and evaluation of patents. In many cases, these teams can save time and effort for inventors by providing professional search results.
Having an experienced patent attorney draft the specification, written description, and drawings is the best way to assure you will get the most rights for your invention. The claims must be carefully analyzed and supported by the written description and drawings. Your Bold attorney will be able to focus on your specific areas of innovation because of the detailed patent search that was done.
It’s wise to include patent drawings in your application, but not everyone is an artist. A professional illustrator can play a crucial role in enhancing the visual presentation of a patent application. By utilizing their artistic skills and technical expertise, they can create high-quality illustrations that effectively depict the invention’s features, functionality, and unique aspects. These drawings can significantly enhance the clarity and understanding of the invention for patent examiners.
A professional illustrator familiar with patent illustration requirements can ensure that the drawings comply with the specific guidelines set by patent offices, such as size, labeling, and formatting. They can also assist in creating different views, cross-sections, or exploded diagrams that provide a comprehensive representation of the invention.
Once the patent or trademark has been submitted to the patent office, it will be assigned to a USPTO examiner. They will conduct their own patent and prior art search and examine the results. 80%+ of the time, the examiner will find something to reject or object to the application and issue an office action. There are strict timelines and formats for how to respond properly.
Your Bold Patents attorney is in your corner! We will help you analyze the examiner’s office action and prepare to respond fully to the USPTO examiner’s rejection with legal argument and/or amendments to be fully responsive to the examiner in order to get the patent through to allowance and issue.
We don’t stop after you get your patent granted. We know the goal is not to end up with a piece of paper with a fancy ribbon on it. You want to make money, right? One of the key ways to monetize your patent is to proactively license others to have the right to make, use or sell your patent, in order to receive a royalty or lump sum in exchange.
Patent licensing and brokering involve the transfer of patent rights from one party to another in exchange for compensation. Licensing allows the owner of patent rights to grant permission to another party to use, produce, or sell their patent-protected invention. Patent brokers act as intermediaries, facilitating the negotiation and transaction process between patent owners and potential licensees, helping both parties reach mutually beneficial agreements, and maximizing the value of the patent assets.
Patent licensing and brokering can be valuable strategies for monetizing intellectual property, expanding market reach, and fostering collaborations and partnerships in various industries.
We are industry-leading patent attorneys who are passionate about helping you bring your innovative ideas to life. Our goal is not only to secure your intellectual property rights, but also to empower you with the knowledge and insights to make informed decisions throughout the process. We take the time to listen to your ideas, answer your questions, and address any concerns you may have. If you’re ready to protect your branded assets and inventions, reach out to us for a free discovery call online today.