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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the bowl today’s show where you the inventor or entrepreneur is your daily inspiration so you can go make the world a better place [Music]

well here in our first week wrapping things up this week talking about the Super Soaker and I want to talk about what’s interesting about this first background section of the patent document is the prior art section so prior art is a fancy you know phrase which means everything that’s existed up until the point of filing so that includes of course in has ever been patented before or published before okay so anything has ever been part of the public knowledge bank from you know from the point of filing all the way back to the beginning of time in theory the examiner is going to have all of that out there ready to compare against your intervention trying to make sure that they can show that your invention is novel or not novel so what your job is is part of the attorney or the inventor draft in this application you need to identify what shoulders are you standing on right in terms of what what technology is this sort of an iteration of an improvement of in order to take it to the next level and so what that means is actually identifying with a patent number some of the predecessors some of the prior art that is in the current technology you know part of the environment at work here and then suddenly identifying what are the main features that are not present in any of the prior art elements and how is your invention doing something different providing additional ality as you can see in this invention here our vendor Lonnie Johnson his attorney go through and articulate the fact that this is a now a self-contained toy apparatus it’s one-piece design and its ability to have a high level of pressure built up and this is safely using their valve technology able to express this a pressure by motion of the trigger alone and so all these almonds put together are not found in the prior art as they discuss on is if you read through the description further they go on to talk about how this is actually providing above and beyond functionality and improvement that is not found anywhere else in the priority you’ll want to know it on top of this is part of the obligation of filing a non-provisional patent application the inventor and the attorney must disclose any prior art that they know up before filing while they file and so that’s what’s called an invention disclosure sheet and so this is an identification itemized list every single publication and patent that they know of whether they were doing a patent search or they just in there reading and doing preparations before filing stumbled across one of these part of documents that has to be filed and so there’s no hiding or tricking the Patent Office it’s best to be upfront and disclose this information and follow the rules so if any questions about what prior our aims or you want to know what that means relative to your invention go ahead and hop online at Boalt patents calm i want you to book your own free 30-minute consultation with our patent attorney and you can also feel free to give us a call at 818 three make sure your questions answered right away I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold today’s show go big go 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