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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener and welcome to the ball today’s show with you the inventor and entrepreneur and business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place so we’re in part four of our flying animal theme and I found a really cool animal this is the flying fish okay and it was I pulled the stats up and flying fish actually all right would come out of the water for up to six hundred fifty five feet Wow yeah that’s more than two football fields and these fish stay above the wat right this is an environment that they’re not used to the air right there they still breathe they still have gills underwater and you have to they’re able to stay above water for you know what could be multiple minutes and travel far distances so this is your challenge of the day is to think about the parts of your day that you dread you know maybe that that time you’ve got to go underwater or you’ve got to do that activity that you’re just been you know putting off for too long maybe procrastinating knock it out first that’s your challenge of today and put your comments below what that project is gonna be and tell us all about it okay so I had to dig pretty hard but I did I found a flying fish patent so have a look at it here this was issued 1993 and it’s for a floatable device that has propeller it is actually an entertainment device okay this this invention was to solve the problem that a lot of enthusiasts had airplane hobby you know airplane model airplane flight the issues of going over water not such a good outcome if those planes hit the water well this is actually a model airplane that is floatable so when you fly it over water it’s able to land on the water and even float and move like a boat would it’s a pretty neat invention and it certainly solves a need out there so the legal issue today I wanted to touch on is fairly high level but it’s important 35 USC Section 1 0 1 requires that for a utility application it must have utility ok this is the third requirement among the novelty non-obviousness novelty non-obviousness and utility so utility is that third prong is usually not an issue for mechanical arts but in this case it’s a little bit you know a little bit not so obvious that you will be able to get a utility on a toy well absolutely even toys provide a value of entertainment and so the entertainment purpose provides that function and gets it past that threshold I hope you enjoyed today’s version of the bullet today’s show please feel free to forward this to anyone that wouldn’t mind getting a little tidbit about patent law and having a fun challenge of the day have a good day everybody go big go bold

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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