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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the bold today’s show we’re Hugh the inventor or entrepreneur get your daily inspiration so you can go make the world a better place [Music]

all right today we’re talking about the drawings we’re especially taking a look this week and next looking at the Super Soaker you know recognize these drawings right away if you’re jumping in and you miss the first couple days we talked about the initial part about honoring this inventor who brought this home it’s awesome invention out to help us all enjoy summer you know we’re trying to cool off today we’re jumping in talk about the drawings this is going to be a short section I wanted to introduce these puns make sure you’re comfortable reading some of them the high level elements about what drawings are about and if you have any further questions I’ll give you some information later about how to get a hold of us so what I want to talk about is the the first few figures on sheet 1 and there’s only two sheets in this pack you’ll see there are three figures and fig – one let’s start there this is a top view and so as began to look at patent drawings and patent publications you’ll get used to different views and try to orient yourself as if you were to take that squirt gun and turn it on the side right and just look at it from only the top I’m rotating it right along that vertical axiom this angle you’ll see that there’s the recognizable little bottle that holds the water you’ll see the shaft of the gun and then the back area where the trigger is and what’s what’s curious about this at least when I looked at this initially is that there are there are lines vertical lines that go kind of off-center both on the bottle and even along the on the shaft it again what that is doing is there’s no actual indentation or or you know piece of plastic that runs along that it’s actually just showing that it’s a curved surface so with patent drawings you must show three dimensions using two dimensions and so you can’t provide a three-dimensional drawing to the Patent Office even today let alone 1991 when this patent was issued so the drawings has to show all the different curvatures and you’ll see that’s what those lines are for one more thing I want to point out to you is you can definitely see all these different exclude lines or you know pointing to numerals right one two three four and so on identifying each different element anyways you’ll go through the different figures here is figure one to fit your two and figures three what’s nice is that it’s required that the elements stay consistent as you’ll see that numeral one for example just points generally to the entire gun it isn’t pointing to a new Pacific part or piece and you’ll see that number one being identified or configure just pointing to the gun in general talking about it as a entirety as opposed to these different elements and you go through and take a look at each different piece let’s say the shaft or the front of water bottle itself that’s actually going to be identified with the same numeral throughout different drawings and different figures the last thing you’ll see is a side view larger side view what’s interesting about this drawing is it’s not just showing what you would see you’ll look at the example the the bottle portion that has the water there’s a section of view and very carefully if you take a close look it’s showing on the front section and then a cutaway and what the back side of the inside chamber being like to give you a interesting really from the backside that wouldn’t be available from Plainview so this is a it’s an engineering type of an approach sometimes patent attorneys choose to do a 1/5 figure here showing the whole cup view but they decided in this case to show a cut view and so that’s the different option that they were allowed to do it’s a selective view and I think it does it very well so VA if you have any questions out there about patent drawings about this specific pad and certainly anything that you have your invention you want to protect please give us a call number is 884 915 or of the bold Today Show go big go bowl [Music]


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