Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi I’m JD Houvener your host of the bullet Today Show were you the inventor and entrepreneur get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place so appear with us yesterday we talked about one of the most profound ways to influence yourself and others around you smiling right ok so today we’re going to talk about something might seem a little counterintuitive to that but it’s the word No yeah the two letter words no and oh so powerful and yet so rewarding it’s gonna be one of those words that is hard to say sometimes when people ask you to do just a little tiny favor just a little something extra hey do you have five minutes hey can we do a quick column in the half hour no should be your answer because in an interesting way by you saying no you’re saying yes to what’s most important to you and those big projects that next hurdle your mayor working on on that invention or big idea you’ve got in your garage or in your in your workshop this is the kind of powerful example you need a set and expectations you should set for yourself politely of course saying no not right now nope it’s not possible I’ve got another another obligation so try that out and that’s your challenge is to say no five times today count them off don’t make them feel bad but get to the point don’t let them take advantage of your time you’ve spent on your major one project okay we’re still talking with our good buddy Shawn Smith out of Tulsa Oklahoma and his invention on a tool cabinet with Airlines right these are compressed air lines so this invention and the filing documents documents leading up to it are important but here on this image we’re going to look at the first page and we can spend a lot of time on the first page of the patent because there’s a lot of information there I want to draw your attention to this section called references cited references cited so in the section you’ll look at all the different patents here and look carefully for those that have an asterisk next to them those that have an asterisk next to them were cited by the examiner okay now there are plenty of those I think three or four in this patent that do not have their asterisk right so those were ones that Shawn Smith and his in his attorney brought forward under that rule we mentioned in previous session but in 37 CFR 1.56 everyone involved in the patent process must disclose what they find and so as you may know the examiner at the USPTO and the Patent Office they do their own examination and search and so they may have found additional prior art meaning different you know inventions or publications that are close to what the invention is all about that the inventor and attorney may not have found and didn’t disclose so it’s a collection of all this prior art that gets cited in the patent document right on the first page so that if you’re looking and trying to find out relative or you know close to or similar inventions you’re going to want to start looking in there it’s a great way to start doing research if you’re looking at eventing in this particular area so anyway I hope you get to try this new effort with regarding the the word no and moving that forward into your own project making your priorities that much of a priority and shifting that around and I look forward to talking with you more in detail about this patent tomorrow I look forward to seeing you here on the bold today’s show I’m your host JD Houvener go big go bold [Music]

[Music] hold at bowled IP calm

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