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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi sharks, I’m Bill Pierce, and I’m Summer, Bill’s wife, and I’m Caleb, Bill’s cousin. Together, we’re Team Papa Pal. We’re seeking $250,000 in exchange for 10% equity in our company, Sharks.

Millions of people worldwide love popping zits, and pimple popping has gone viral with thousands of videos being viewed every day. But popping pimples is a bad habit and has nasty side effects such as germs, scars, and let’s face it, more zits. But now you can squeeze as much as you please. That’s right, Sharks, we’ve invented Pop It Pal, the world’s first-ever pimple-popping simulator. Oh, simulator, seriously?

Pop It Pal comes with 16 ready-made pimples, which allows you to relieve stress and get that extreme satisfaction that comes when popping a pimple. You simply squeeze the zit, and that’s it. One way, there’s more. Crazy Pal is refillable. There’s no longer a need to pick your face or your partners. And Sharks, this is just the beginning. We’re ready to build an empire of unique obsessions. So Sharks, who’s ready to get things flopping? Just cool.

I wouldn’t want to buy it, but I’m just so impressed that they could come up with a product like that. They had $315,000 in revenue the year before, and then they were hoping to get $900,000 next year. Incredible. I mean, people were buying this, some probably as a joke gift.

So in terms of patenting, okay, the layperson when they see that, like, what could possibly be the utility in that? But I want to just help people understand that the utility, you know, technical level for a patent is very low, meaning that it’s eligible for patent protection because it’s entertaining. It doesn’t actually have to provide any real benefit per se, you know, helping people pop pimples or that type of thing. So it’s wild. You can actually get a utility patent for that. I did look it up, and I believe that they have now abandoned their pending application. It was patent pending, but I know they do have. They’re asserting that that registered trademark for Pop It Pal. So anyway, I just wanted to mention that quickly about utility patents, that even something as silly as Pop It Pal could be patent-protected.

Yeah, it’s registered from a trademark perspective too. You know, Pop It Pal, I mean, it’s a pretty, you know, I don’t know. It’s not a very unique name, I guess you would call it. I mean, it’s a unique name in the sense that, like, yeah. Well, anyway, I don’t need to get that. It is registered though as a trademark, both for a word mark, it’s the letters of the name, and a design mark. And to your point, JD, um, and this isn’t always the case, but it does follow suit in terms of how it’s registered at the USPTO. This is registered as a toy.

About the Author
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 with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at