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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone my name is JD Houvener and I’m your host of the bold today’s show we’re you the adventure entrepreneur or business owner get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place we’re in our aerospace five part series and it’s going to be a discussion about airplanes your challenge today is a think back to the most recent time you’ve been in an airplane and I bet most of you have been pretty recently think about when you sat down right look to your right look to your left look at the seat you’re sitting and think about it so the next time you’re in airplane this is your challenge is to look and consider all the aspects of that seat that make it perfect to fit that many people in such a tight space think about how thin that chair is think about how that structure and how it attaches to the ground of the other debating room floor of the airplane hooks up to a seat track and it’s perfectly positioned so you have just enough room for your feet think about how the electronics right that display or the charging all different aspects that go into that chair and marvel at the fact that there’s likely hundreds of patents that have come up over the years to help design a seat that’s economic and fits that many people in that kind of a space so what I want to do is take a look at this patent this was put out by the country of Korea and it was filed under an international application it just got patented here in the US and got rights in the US and and the International yet as well but the overall rights that it gives covers not just the US but other countries that’s what the PCT the patent cooperation treaty can do today’s topic is about this the background section we hit the we talked about it yesterday and we gave an example of that really simple three paragraph format well here as you can see highlighted there’s over over seven different paragraphs this application and patent talks too much in the background and what it what it does is it puts it up as a big liability if this were ever litigated what when the problems of the background section can come up is often times when products are described they talk about the prior art and oftentimes inventors it have invention after invention a sort of build on each other and if you’re talking about how a product that’s in the market now maybe your company produces and you’re saying well this isn’t as safe as this new invention or if it’s not as cool and doesn’t have the right aspects or functionality by disparaging the prior art you’re actually opening up your company to a product liability issue right you’re saying something’s not as safe as it could be oh now your product that’s on the market is now ripe for product liability lawsuit so it’s just one of the areas and one of the main reasons why a background section should be reduced to a minimum and discuss exactly the minimum amount of prior art discussion with the basic explanation of how your invention it goes above and beyond and solves it without disparaging the prior art so with this latest challenge I want you to think about the next time you fly go with someone witness with you and I want you to think about their perceptive perspective that because the next bullet Today Show I want to talk about more aviation topics and start looking around get familiar with the airplane and think about what those what those knobs do and how they positioned it thus tobin’s how they opened it up and how it works and think about what might have to go into that design for it to be as effective as it is well thank you for tuning into this version of the ball today show I’m your host JD Houvener go big go bowl [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