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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi I’m JD Houvener and welcome to the bold today’s show were you the entrepreneur business owner or inventor get your daily inspiration on how to make the world a better place all right welcome to part two of this three-part challenge on business planning this is simple right this is all about we wrote down yesterday thinking about what your product or service is and who you’re serving we’re gonna take who you’re serving to the next level thinking more about that customer and making them come to life this section is gonna take you probably out of your comfort zone too and that’s why we call it a challenge you’re gonna have to put a face to this customer yeah a real face just like mine right and a name I need you to actually think about what they might really look like think of a perfect client also called avatar this is a prototypical a perfect client that’s gonna be the one that really wants your product or service so you’ve got to put a name down think of one and you guessed it you need to draw your avatar by tomorrow I want to see not just stick figures but I want to see some detail customers and for our patent law session today I want to talk about more about what it means to file that application yesterday we talked about hey who gets the rights is it the first to invent or the first to file we found out its first to file now what’s actually required to actually submit the application and get that filing date now there are 12 separate documents that need to be submitted for a non provisional and utility application but it’s interesting that only two need to be submitted to get that all-important filing date that’s the specification and the claims so a specification is a fancy word for the details right the description what is your invention all about how does it work it describes the meets and bounds describes the nuts and bolts right the actual description of what it is claims are the legal definition of what you’re alleging is yours and so while you might describe you know an entire robotic arm you might be only claiming the actuator that moves it from left to right those are the two things are required to get that filing date the legal definition and requirements for submitting and what’s required to get that filing date can be found in title 37 at the Code of Federal Regulations section one point five three and you’ll find it made in that regulation the specification claims and only if it’s needed drawings is all you need to get that filing date so get with your business partner mentor significant other and bounce off your avatar bring it to life make make them ask you questions like where does your customer go to the movies what do they read where do they go for fun what hobbies do they have what books do they read these are the kind of questions that I get you to really understand your customer who’s gonna want to purchase your product or service so again thanks for listening and being a part of the bold today’s show I’m your host JD Houvener be bold today

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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