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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the bold today’s show where you the inventor entrepreneur and business owner gives your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place we are in a five part series about baseball one of my favorite sports and you may know I’m a Seattle native so I’m a big fan of the Mariners so go Mariners harder buddy you’ve put in the comments below who your favorite baseball teams are and you’ve been working this week on with me and thinking about you know the support that we know and love how has it innovated what are some different ways that we see the game being played and recorded shown you know even on TV with this special effects you know the sport is evolved a lot impressive even in a game that’s over 200 years old the different moves we’ve made so we’re still talking about this invention all right this is the one that was patented just this year February 2018 on this swing apparatus so you know a baseball player right you know they’re swinging a bat this is the apparatus that will help them to know how to hit and strike a baseball at the right angle and the timing and so forth so this device that’s an apparatus rather the way they’ve described it is you know all incomes and and and what I want to look at is what is owned by this inventor right when you look at a patent and what they actually owned you need to go to the claims ok we’ve looked at this before this week I want to draw your attention to claims 2 & 3 okay so we’re gonna take a look at those on the screen and I want you to pull this up on your own go to Google patents and pull this patent number up nine eight eight nine three six zero nine eight eight nine three six zero and pull up the full PDF version so you can follow along with us pause this you know recording if you need to it just so you can take a moment actually learn a little bit about patent claims all right so let’s get claim two right look at claim two you can see it’s got a nice preamble and it goes into a full paragraph what’s important understand about claims two and three and four for that matter is that they’re actually dependent claims they dollop they both depend all depend on claim one claim one is a independent claim it stands on its own so it claims two three and four they simply modify they add subject matter to the claim and make it fact more narrow alright so the kind of the first notion is that oh wow you know there’s more words here there’s more rights and that’s actually the opposite is true that the fewer words in a claim the broader the rights okay so this this is a dependent claim it adds more subject matter and right it makes it a more narrow version but you got to read patent claims very carefully and so that’s one of the major lessons of today is to look take take a look at claim two and claim three all right first glance it identical right they mean word for word so you’ve gotta have a very careful eye as to what words are different now as I found on my second reading through those paragraphs is that just two words are different the words same and they were different in those paragraphs and they describe the vertical positioning of the support members that hold up the string that goes between the two balls and so the difference is whether the the difference between the ball and each post is symmetrical or asymmetrical that’s it that’s the only difference between those two dependent claims all right well I should waiting through claims you know I’m getting the no patent lingo better it’s gonna really emboldened you and hope you understand how to do things like patent searching down the road I let make you more knowledgeable when you finally do work with a patent attorney to help you craft specifications and claim language it’s fun you know you when you get down to it it’s exciting to know that you can still innovate you know in a busy you know old times more like baseball so if you’ve got any questions or if anybody you know has follow up about maybe my invention is patentable give us a call our firm does the free 30-minute consultation and we have to do that with you or any of your friends so hope you all have a wonderful day thanks for tuning in for this version of bold today’s show I’m your host JD Houvener 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