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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, and business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place. Right, we’re in part five of our flying animal theme, and I wanted to search high and far across the animal kingdom to find a really cool example, and the funnest one was, and then, well, it actually can’t fly but it falls with style. This is the flying squirrel.

Okay, so you’ve seen these animals, perhaps you can picture the image right away. These flying squirrels have a specific part of their body that connects them with the air, connects their wrists to their body, and it’s sort of like a membrane, and they’re able to do amazing things. My research finds that they’re able to fly up to 300 feet, and they can turn 180 degrees in the air while they fall and glide through the air. Pretty impressive, and so I do group them in the grip of flying animals.

So what we can learn from a flying squirrel and apply to your daily business life is that they do indeed fall with style. And so, I encourage you on your challenge today to think about failing, right? When you go for it and just stumble, right? You fall on your face, you make a big mistake, take ownership. Say, “Yeah, that was me.” And you know, when you do that, you can fail with style and stay cool while you’re doing it. Say, “Look, you know what? We’re going to learn from these mistakes and move on.” So make like a flying squirrel today.

So, I wanted to look at the invention. You know, humans constantly try to be these flying creatures and have an endeavor to do so. So I looked back a little bit as to the single-engine jetpack inventions. So here it is, this invention was by Moser in 2000 to put this patent together in this pretty amazing looking jetpack. There are lots of different jetpack inventions, but I like this one because it showcased the huge fans at the bottom and really put in a lot of different technology into their written description. So make sure to take a look at this, pull the patent number and read through it with me. When you do, I want you to focus on the written description, and for 35 USC 1 1 2 and section 112, the written description requires that just one version of the invention be described, and this is the one embodiment rule. Embodiment means it’s a fancy word for just one example, right? What is one working example of your invention and how does it get described? So that’s all that’s required in the spec, but a good application, as you’ll see this one does, goes into great detail about how, in fact, you could make it. What are other alternatives, other types of propulsion mechanisms in this case that could make this invention work better? So have a look at the written description of this invention and let me know if you have any questions at all. Feel free to put in our comments below. I’d be happy to read those and get back to you. Have a wonderful day, everyone. Thanks for joining the Bold Today’s Show. I’m your host J.D. Houvener, and go big, go bold.

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