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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi, everyone! I’m J.D. Houvener, and welcome to The Bold Today’s Show, where you, the inventor and entrepreneur, get your daily dose of inspiration to help you make the world a better place. It’s Chinese New Year, it’s the Year of the Dog, if you didn’t know, and you might be wondering, “You’re the dog? How many animals are there?” There are 12. So, what year are you? That’s your challenge: go figure out if you don’t already know. What year were you born? Of course, you should know that, and what animal in the Chinese zodiac are you affiliated with? Go take a look at the lore and the legend. It’s got a lot of interesting subject matter that goes way back thousands of years. For me, I was born in the Year of the Ox in 1985, and the Ox is known for, in the zodiac and the lore, being dependable, loyal, and consistent. Let’s hope, right, with our daily show here today.

And that got me thinking about spring being just around the corner and the Ox sort of plowing the field, being a dependable animal for livestock. So, that’s what this patent of the day is all about. Take a look at it. Yeah, this is someone riding a pull-behind tiller, and you can see in the back, the wheels, they’re turning, those tines making aeration, the holes in the grass. There are a lot of people out there, maybe those listeners are out there, with lawns trying to get them all prepped for the upcoming spring season. This is a perfect invention. So, this one just got issued a few weeks ago by Innovation Concepts LLC. That’s the assignee, anyway, out of Indiana. So, this invention, I want you to take a look at it. It’s another day for patents. We’re staying with the theme of drawing. So, look at this drawing, and you can see in the rear, the rear tines where they rotate around, there’s a dashed circle. Well, there’s no actual wheel there or any structure that makes up that area that’s showing the path of travel for those tines, and so that’s written in dashed lines as opposed to solid lines. You’ll see in the middle wheel where it’s actually a wheel, a rubber wheel like we’re thinking of, there are some more subtle lines that show shading. So, it’s important in patent drawings to show three dimensions even in a two-dimensional drawing, and that’s how it’s achieved by using the smaller and lighter colored rounded shapes to show that the wheel.

So, today’s challenge was for you to go figure out what animal you were born. I’m curious to see if you want to find out someone else that you know, maybe your mom, sister, or brother. So, share this video with someone that you know, and maybe you can find out from them what year they were born, right, and see if that animal and that zodiac represents who that person really is. So, hope you enjoyed this version of The Bold Today’s Show and have a great day. Go big, go bold.

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