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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host to the bold Today Show were you the inventor and entrepreneur or business owner which are daily inspiration did you make the world a better place [Music] hey but if we’re talking about our our inventor a favorite inventor this week Lonnie Johnson he is the con man as I mentioned yesterday of the Super Soaker right this is the toy from Lisa my childhood and I think a lot of yours where we would fill up a bottle of water plug it into this device pump it up and pull the trigger Thank You Tube lasts up to 50 feet and claimed pretty awesome toy still fun today 20 25 years later so today I want to focus on just reading the first page of the path so we’ve got a hold up here this is patent number five million seventy four thousand four hundred thirty seven and so well that sounds like a big number just just a frame of reference that we’re now over ten million so this is about half way through and as far as quantity goes it was only about 30 years ago in 1991 this was the issue so just a way to look at these documents as you begin your journey and investigating how in the world I’m gonna again this process when you look at a patent on the front page you can tell right away who the inventors were and so you can see with brackets 76 that’s the section of the front page it’s got a listing in all the inventors and you can see right there interestingly enough mr. Johnson is named on the very top and he’s not even the first named inventor we have a mister 200 was this co-inventor so all the inventors must be listed that’s a statutory requirement so you have all the inventors listed so that’s just one of many things you can see right from the front page of this first the first page of this patent also on the front page the inventors and the attorneys will select one image or one drawing to represent what the invention is about well this does a great job obviously you can see this is the great side profile of the squirt gun what’s what’s interesting is that many times especially when it comes to software or computer implemented inventions the drawing this selected isn’t always you know representative of what the heart of the invention is this is especially true for those images that aren’t mechanical right art you can’t really touch and feel the entirety of the invention and so you can’t always judge a book by its cover and much like you can’t always look at a front page of a pen and really understand what it’s all about last thing I’m talking about here today is the abstract this is probably the easiest part of a patent document to read and it should be the place that you start assuming you are a lay person right a non pad expert here you want to start the abstract get an ideas first what in the world this invention is all about the attorneys and the craft of this part of the application to be perfectly is limited right there and provide enough information in layman’s terms right in common time simple grammar so that’s not confusing there may be a very technical subject matter but the abstract should always be readable to the general public so if any questions about patents at all this specific patent how to read pens or begin to your research go online to our website bold patents calm there we have tons of resources for you to take a look at and if you’re ready to take that big bold step and take time and spend 30 minutes with our patent attorneys will do so with you at no cost the initial consultation we feel as a way to educate you and it’s a way to pay it forward so book your free 30-minute consultation today you can also give us a call at

I’m your host JD Houvener and I’m the bolt today’s show hope you have a great day everybody go big go a bowl



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