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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the bolt today’s show review the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place we’re on our fourth of five-part series talking about space and I’m excited to be here with you today to talk about one of the ways that we might not think about you know in terms of measurement right what is space in terms of where does the atmosphere of Earth stop and where does space begin and I’ve kind of wondered this and before I googled it I didn’t know and so please don’t google it if you’re wondering right now and you’re out there your challenge of the day is to have fun put in the comments below what height but altitude above the Earth’s surface does space begin is it one mile five miles up or as much as 500 miles up okay put your best guess below I was way off when I went and looked it up we’ll find out tomorrow how far up it is all right well still talking about a patent that we found I want to give great kudos to NASA on this public domain website they’ve launched again we have the URL listed right here this is at technology at NASA govt for slash public domain this is a wonderful resource of patent hell a patented and unpatented technology that nASA has given a free license to the world you’re able to use this technology without even requesting permission from NASA at all so it’s quite an unbelievable resource that I encourage you all to go visit we’ve been talking about now for three days and we’ve brought up this patent that it’s about a a rocket engine okay and so this rocket engine that was patented by NASA issued in 2011 we’re going to take a closer look at the claimed language here I think it’s a great example to keep this kind of running through this week so you can keep a hold of one particular technology and have you understand some of the nuances of patent law as we proceed we’re taking a zoomin shot here at claim one claim one and on this PDF of the patent if you went in googled it and pulled it the claims are at the bottom and so you’ll need to scroll all the way down to the end of the specification that’s where you’ll find the numeral 1 and we’re just taking the top section of this for this first part I want to take a look at the the rules for patent claim writing and under 35 USC 112 B patents the claims must must be in definite terms and so I want to point out why some of theirs this is arcane and traditional strange type of wording found in claim language so looking at this first phrase you’ll see that it’s a turbo pump right turbo turbocharger first turbocharger using one or more methods to find fuel , said turbocharger right so why is the word said there it’s very important because it defines the antecedent basis antecedent basis really it’s a fancy word for there’s actual meaning that you refer back to something you said before it makes without a doubt makes it super clear that they’re talking about the supercharger that they mentioned earlier in that sentence they’re not talking about a second or a third or right turbocharger it’s the same one that they mentioned in the first clause of the sentence it’s a little old-fashioned but it’s a way to make sure the examiner doesn’t go astray and make sure that anyone reading this application of this patent knows precisely what it means as you can tell patent claim leg was just pretty dense if you have questions about writing your own patent or if you’re going into doing an initial search about a specific technology please give us a call and get some some of your initial questions answered and we can help you move through this process no matter where you’re at and no matter what technology you have we offer a free 30-minute consultation it would be happy to chat with you about this or any particular matter about patents hope you have a wonderful day I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold today’s show 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