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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 how to make the world a better place welcome to part three of the challenge two days ago we had you figure out and define who your customer is just yesterday we had you hilariously draw a picture of who your customer is and hopefully they’re in color if they’re not go back and do that today it’s gonna be really diving in and I’ve got a list of homework items questions that you’re gonna have to answer as we move forward so your homework for today is to answer the following about your customer how old are they are they married do they have kids how about perhaps you’d live in a house or a condo what kind of car do they drive what do they do for work did the are they spiritual where do they travel what kind of books do they read do you listen to music if so what type TV’s and movies that they watch what are the three greatest fears were there three greatest hopes or dreams for the people that they want to impress the most and what do they want most from your industry how will they earn what will it take for them to get your trust what service level do they demand and what will exceed their expectations so yesterday we talked about how it just takes two things the spec and claims and drawings if needed to get that all elusive patent filing date today I’m going to look at what it takes to file the full patent application and there’s 12 distinct documents that must be filed starting at the top the declaration also called the oath this is the inventor saying I invented this and they’re signing off agreeing to it power of attorney assignment drawings specification claims the information disclosure statement which identifies all the prior art that the inventor or the attorney knows before filing the application application transmittal form a fee determination form filing by a mail or postcard certificate of mailing or fax in the application datasheet an interesting fact about one of those documents the information disclosure statement filed by the attorney and filled out by both the attorney and the inventor is that 137 CFR 1.51 is technically not required but I’ll only be true if the inventor in the attorney didn’t know of any prior art meaning any other references that were similar to their invention now with most applications that are filed today a patent search has been done and so all of those must be filed meaning you need to tell the Patent Office about all those inventions that have been created before yours right whose shoulders are you standing on as the inventor failure to do so is the grounds for inequitable conduct and could invalidate your entire path now that long list of questions that you had to ask an answer about your own customer take those same questions and ask your business partner ask your mentor to figure those out maybe even ask a friend or someone you might know academically or professionally and send this podcast help help yourself get some help and get their opinion and what they think about your customer and what those answers are 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