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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the fold today’s show for Hugh the inventor entrepreneur business owner get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place

happy Friday everybody you made it this is the end of our five-part series on looking at fireworks we’ve looked all the way back you know to ancient China I’ve seen how things have evolved over time we slowly figured out how in the world we add color to fire in the 1800s all the way up to modern technology where we’ve looked at nice and detailed view of what a mortar looks like how it gets launched into the air and little tiny stars burst and create different things of color and then yesterday we had a really fun break and took a look at a mad scientist out there creating taking big chances doing experiments out there in England and creating a fire tornado firework today we’re going to really ask the question what’s next okay and you got to keep asking this you are the entrepreneurs you’re the creators out there doing just that figuring out what’s next and so what’s next in the world of fireworks all right so I did a little research on I looked up some recent issued patents that have just finally gotten through the Patent Office probably haven’t yet hit the market yet and this one in particular I want to take a look at some of the drawings and then finally look at the claim to help you understand what it means is we sort of iterate and find these subtle improvements and what the patent holder actually owns as opposed to what’s shown on the image so let’s jump in this patent was issued just February of 2018 that’s about three four months ago and so what I want you to do is take a look at this image and we’ve looked a couple days ago at the classic mortar right the one that fits in size got the spherical shape with this cylindrical bottomed propellant to shoot it up what stands out to you about this invention right it’s got two and one crazy I mean how does this even work and it’s amazing right so we actually has a propellant with a standard mortar and another propellant right on top of it with a with a second mortar so I mean in essence this thing shoots up in the air explodes in theory then propels again and then explodes again and it’s all part of one packaged mortar and what’s what’s patented here if we look in the claims way down below is you’ll see that it’s claiming this structure not necessarily how it’s exploding or the way it looks but it’s the inner structure of this dual mortar and dual ignition system that is getting protection because there’s been so much innovation in fireworks I wanted to use this an example as you pull up the claims here I want you to look at how long claimed one is and for somebody who may not even know what patent claims are claims are what define the rice it’s what is the it’s the heart of the patent it’s what you use as the patent holder to enforce it against a Miss appropriator someone that’s infringing the patent claims you have to prove that the infringer is is through their own products making using or selling that they’re actually doing that their product is as is demonstrating each and every one of those elements so for this inventor if they were going to try to do that they’d have to show that nearly nine paragraphs worth of elements are shown in the alleged infringed product yikes so know that the longer the claim the actual smaller the patent rights are because that means it’s that much harder to show proof of infringement so if you want to go look through patents and if you’re doing some research on your own invention which I recommend that you do the patents are really worried about are those that are have used broad words in our very short in length this patent claim I’m not too worried about even if I’m in the field of innovating in fireworks because it’s so limiting but indeed this patent got issued so in the area of pyrotechnics they had to identify all the different areas of citation and reference those that they sort of you know all the different shoulders that they stood on and so that’s why it happens so that you don’t have the the citation confluence where it’s you’re not able to make reference back right this version of the bowl today show I asked if you pay it forward send this as someone who’s interested in fireworks now interested in getting a daily dose of patent law mixed with some inspiration to move their product forward I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold Today Show and I hope you all enjoyed this and have a wonderful weekend ahead go big go bold

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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