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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host to the bold today’s show review the inventor entrepreneur business owner gets your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place this week we’re talking about baseball happy Monday everybody and I’m sure you all know if you’re in a baseball city that’s your hometown baseball team has kicked off the season we’re well into April now and the first games have already been batted off or kicked off whatever the right word is I’m a little impartial I’ve got Seattle Mariners in mind we’re gonna be going to a game here next week I’m pretty excited to go check that out so if you got some time put it in the comments below who your favorite team is I want to hear about it and get the conversation started this week so this week we’re gonna be focusing on an invention that was just issued let me believe it or not right baseball’s been around for over a hundred years I mean since 1800s this patent was just granted in February 2018 and it’s for a swing apparatus okay patent number 9883544 to enforce as the patent owner when you go out and try to enforce your patent on the free world so I’m going to claim one which is obviously the first claim we’re gonna focus in on the words and the preamble the preamble is the first part of the claim that’s right above just next to the number one it sort of sets the stage for the later words that come into claim here it states that’s a ball swing trainning apparatus don’t don’t mix that up and it just says ball it doesn’t say baseball or softball or cricket ball right it just says ball and that’s on purpose because the claims are meant to be read in terms of the broadest reasonable interpretation that’s the way the quarks are gonna read into that so the claim itself here was well-crafted he didn’t just say baseball I just said ball which it allows for the potential for this claim to have rights over softballs and cricket balls and who knows golf balls right if there’s a swing apparatus if its position in the same way it could certainly be applicable for other types of sports so claim language and claim interpretation is really important and this is governed under thirty 7 CFR 1.75 so that’s the law we cover today so any of you who are baseball fans you love this sport and I want to see some comments below and have you share this with anyone you have on social media and want to maybe get a little kick in the in the right direction if they’re innovating you know baseball is one of those sports that’s constantly got something new even though the common threads go way back you know to the 19th century so hope you all have a wonderful day I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold Today Show go big go bold [Music]

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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