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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi there I’m JD Houvener your host of the bowl today’s show were you the inventor entrepreneur and business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place well did you get a chance to say no to anyone yesterday I hope you did and hope that means to you saying yes to the most important priorities in your work-life balance today we’re going to talk about what it means to say no in a different way and to be able to say no before you get asked the question how do you do that well you can schedule time with yourself all right calendar time to work on your number one priorities this way when someone comes and asks you hey do you have 30 minutes he can help with this project oh hey I need to make a call really quick can I use your office it’s already no because if they use your calendar you’ve got a booking you’ve got a half-hour appointment to work on that project it’s a way to in advance say you’re not available and to block that time out so I encourage you to do what’s called time blocking for your projects so you can help others see that you’ve got your busy you already got that time allocated and you said yes to doing that number one important project I work on your invention or your project that your team is working on all right we’re in the last session with our good buddy Sean Smith out of Tulsa Oklahoma and his invention on the tool toolbox with integrated compressed air lines so this this invention we’ve seen and you’re probably familiar with if you’ve been tuning into the the bolt today show is is quite interesting as we can tell from this first page right we’re to take a look at the very first page of the patent there’s tons to look at and we’re using it as a really good example to get a good understanding of what what goes into an application what are the key components and what are the law that backs it up so under 37 CFR 1.55 the statute requires that the inventor along with their attorney that they make sure they reference the prior applications make us provisional patent application their priority claim this is a huge deal because in order to get the early filing date in order to capture that you need to put that down and list it on the front page of the patent application and if there as you can see under the US the related u.s. applications it’s got the reference to the 61 slash and you can see the full number of the application right there this was filed in September 18 2013 okay you can see in the upper right this patent was issued in February 20th 2018 all right so it took almost you know seven or four and a half almost five years right to get this thing issued and the inventor gets priority all the way back to 2013 so that means any inventor that said that they’ve got a new invention in the same space and they tried patenting their own toolbox with integrated airlines in 20 late 2014 2013 or 2014 or any any time in between them they would lose and our buddy Shawn Smith would win in a priority battle and so what was important about that priority date the way they were able to capture that is when they filed a non-provisional you can see on the front page again it’s 14 slash that’s the non provisional application number and you can see that was filed September 18 2014 just one year after the provisional to the date they were kind of kind of closed the rule is one year you must file a non-provisional application one year no longer after the provisional that’s how you get priority back to that early provisional filing date so anyway I want to make sure you guys have got a good understanding of this and the law but as we took a look you can make a good plan set that plan of motion by by saying no in advance and making a making it known that you’re you’re blocked out you’ve got that time available so I hope this is a nice lesson and if you see this see the value in this video please pass along to a friend of yours who could also use a tip and how to say no in advance have a great day everyone go big go bold you

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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