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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the bold Today Show where you the inventor and entrepreneur get your daily dose of inspiration till you make the world a better place this next five-part series we’re talking all about aerospace one of our top three specialties here at pulled patents aerospace of course is those airplanes you see flying around the air it also includes outer space rockets satellites and other things that orbit the Earth or go beyond today we’re going to talk about a challenge as we do most every bolt today’s show your challenge today is to think about the trade shows that are in your industry and about the different technologies that your inventions are surrounding attend one trade show sign up today and tell us in the comments what traits you’re going to and get excited about it make it make yourself prepared right know who’s gonna be in the conference get ready to network because this is one the best ways to meet influential players in your market for me I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to go to the PNA that’s the Pacific Northwest aerospace alliance conference in Lynwood Convention Center and it was amazing I mean people from around the world came their suppliers vendors designers manufacturers in the aerospace arena it was a wonderful place to network with other referral partners and meet new clients there too so really encourage you to do that we had a great experience I want to get to the legal section of today’s ball today chat before we get there I want to talk about the invention that we are all aware of which is the airplane right and what goes into an airplane is the course the design the utility aspect of the propulsion and the overall aerodynamics of the wings with the different control surfaces but what you don’t think about as much is what the pilot sees right you know when you go to an airplane you just sit in the seat and you think of what you actually visualized as a passenger the pie in their flight deck there’s a there’s tons of innovation going on so we’ve picked for today’s patent of the day a patent that’s owned by Textron and they’ve invented a lighted control side stick for the pilot and you can check it out right here they’ve got a way to indicate oh actually it’s over here sorry about that the lighting control stick is a way for the pilots that are not that are able to see a signal that are getting constant audio feedback from the tower and from their co-pilots they can get an additional signal through visual recognition the stick itself lights up so it’s a pretty neat invention and I’ve you can you can look at the patent number here as well and pull it up and read through the whole thing today’s legal topic is going to be focusing on the background section of an application an application has got lots of different parts and so we’ve got a snapshot here of the background of this patent for the sidestick controller that lights out so different parts of the control light up to let the pilot know that for example you know the ailerons performing at 90% of its guaranteed tolerance or that maybe there’s a whit of wind gust that’s exceeding some limit for the flapper on okay the background section of the application and we’re gonna get into a lot of this as we talk about the spec the background is is really supposed to articulate the basics it’s going to talk about no more than you know two to three paragraphs is about all you need and that’s what they did here it should it identify all the prior art you should talk about the high-level differences the problems in the market and make just a very generic statement about why this invention exceeds and is able to solve the problem that the prior art has without saying too much more there are some pitfalls that many patent attorneys and inventors have when they write really lengthy backgrounds when they do that they actually pigeon-holed themselves by identifying and admitting that certain technology exists in the prior art by saying too much about what your invention is and about what exists already you might actually be saying that part of what’s what you’re what you could invent and get patent rights for you’re admitting is prior art and so it actually reduces your your claim scope it reduces the value of your invention alright so back to that challenge we talked about we’re thinking about aerospace this week I want you to think about your industry alright and after you get that tradeshow booked you know the best way to network is to go with someone going Alliance and that way you can share you know and try to break up the crowd and get get more people more information right you want to get more the better see as much as you can see and there’s no better way than teaming up with someone else so I encourage you to share this video with someone you might want to go with to that event and hope you all have a wonderful day today thanks for tuning in to the bold today show and make today bold [Music]

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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