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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Tristan: Hi Sharks, my name is Tristan Al Iamai Kyoani Persons from Orem, Utah. I’m seeking $250,000 in exchange for 5% equity in my business. What if I told you I turned a spoon from my mom’s kitchen drawer into a money-making sensation? That’s exactly what I’ve done. I travel the world collecting spoons and inspiration, creating custom collections based on my experiences. Every month, I drop these collections on social media, and they sell out in minutes. It’s a frenzy; people camp out in their work bathrooms just to secure a ring before it sells out. I woke up one day as the ring King, mastering branding and social media to captivate Gen Z.

Tristan: I’m such a branding genius that I could turn a spoon from Mr. Wonderful’s mouth into art you’d all love. Who wants to put a ring on it and spoon with me? Open your customized press boxes and see.

Lori: Wow, that’s very cool. Thank you.

Tristan: These spoons started it all. At 12, I saw a friend with a spoon ring; Dad helped craft one from Mom’s kitchen. At 17, Dad’s heart attack and Mom’s cancer made me vow support. Selling rings began after an Instagram comment in 2017; I sold out 155 rings overnight from thrift store spoons at 25 cents each.

Kevin: How long have you been at this?

Tristan: Since 2017.

Mark: You’ve built something special. Let’s make a deal.

JD: The transformative aspect of your rings could lead to patented designs.

JD: What’s your plan to scale?

JD: A one-man show now, but I’m ready to expand.

JD: Trademarking your name could add value.

JD: Your energy is infectious. Let’s talk numbers.

JD: Your story is powerful. I’m interested.

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