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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, owner of the host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, and business owner, get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place. Alright, happy Friday everybody, and we’re at the end of our series talking about baseball, right America’s favorite game. This has been exciting to talk about for the past four days, and I’m here today to talk with you about this patent we’ve been working on for the past week. I want to share with you a really unique part of how to explore patents that we may not have touched before on the Bold Today Show.

Okay, so we’re still talking about this invention that’s awesome, right? Just got patented this year. This is about a baseball swing apparatus, right? This helps baseball players to hit that ball just right and time it out. It’s got a unique way to put the ball on a rail, on a track, to move it along the way without having to deal with, you know, like you’ve all been to the batting cages before and have to avoid balls. You know, this is a way to have it be positioned in one place and build a practice that swing without having to deal with all that extra interaction.

So my focus today is gonna be on, you know, these claims. You know, we’ve been focusing on what the heart of the patent is and where to go look, you know, if you’re investigating patents or non-patent literature or to go look for that, you know, it’s this, this is only a resource you’re gonna want to go to and take note on. It’s called the public pair, public pair, and as PAIR, the PAIR is the Patent Application Information Retrieval System. It’s a very robust process that’s all documented for all issued patents, any patent application that’s even been published is in public pair. This invention is no different.

And so, if you were asked a question well why did the invention end up getting these four claims with these four specific, you know, with all the specific words in them, and you can go find out why, right? They know this invention, Allah, Benjen, here that was that we’ve been showing was filed in 2016, okay? So it took, you know, two years to get through what’s called prosecution, you know, to have the examiner review it, do their search and exam, go back and forth with the inventor, and get it finally through to issue.

You can see what some of the amendments were to the claims. So, we’ve got here shown on the screen an example of real-live amendments that happened to this patent, and you can see they struck out certain words, you know, they took out the word vertically, and they added words to describe the vertical components with respect to a certain space, right? Those were put in there probably at the recommendation of the examiner. It turned out well for this person. You can actually track and see that what happened here. There was a final rejection, and then the examiner did an A examiner’s amendment after that final rejection. There must have been an interview, phone call, or some sort of arrangement, and it’s sort of a settlement in a way that the inventor and the examiner came to, and they came to the representation with their attorney to get to this final point where those claims are as you read them in the final issue Pat.

Well, hope you’ve all enjoyed this series on baseball. It’s been my pleasure really talking about sports. I love it, and so I want you to share this with anyone you know. Make sure to give us a like on social media, get this get the word out about the Bold Today Show. It’s just picking up some steam. I’m really excited to share this with all of you and keep this going. Hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to talking with you next week. Take care, everybody. I’m your host J.D. Houvener on the Bold Today’s Show. Go big, go bold.

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