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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Everybody I’m JD Houvener I’m your host of the bold today’s show are you the inventor or entrepreneur gives your daily inspiration so you go make the world a better place [Music]

today we’re talking about the background section of the patent that we have been talking about this week of our favorite inventor we’re honoring mr. Lonnie Johnson out of Mobile Alabama who invented the Super Soaker so the Super Soaker of course if you haven’t heard of it before is a self-contained water that’s pressurized by air when you pump it up and you spray it across you know the yard or hopefully not inside the house or anything this is was sort of revolutionary in the 90s and if you’re a kid of the 90s ruined late 80s and of course those kids at heart you’ve likely enjoyed these from from years past maybe it’s okay so today weekend we’re talking about the background section of the specification the specification is a fancy word for the written description the words of how patent documents are written so this first section is the background and it’s it’s a required section of a non-provisional patent application there are two main parts of it one where you discuss through this field but what’s the broad technology what’s the area of innovation that this patent exists in and then there should be a brief discussion about prior art and so this first section today will talk about is the field of invention and well it’s so brief and yeah we can take a look at an image below of this small section for the field the attorney it really has no reason to go much more than about one sentence here and so in this case they’ve done about that or they want to identify as loosely as possible you know what field of technology they’re in in this case the attorney decided to mention the phrase self containing apparatus and so what that does is it eliminates the technology where there was say you know a hose attached to a on wireless type device this is a free-standing self-contained water gun and so really that doesn’t describe anything else on top of that and certainly gives a lot of burnt reputation that’s the goal introduce the subject and make sure that it’s something that people will understand from a high level so tomorrow we’re going to talk about prior art and what in the world that means and why would want to talk about that in the past document I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold today show have a great day everybody 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