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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Everybody I’m JD Houvener your host of the Bowl today’s show are you the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place all right you’ve made it and to answer yesterday’s question now and make sure to get that out right away there’s actually over 9,000 USPTO examiner’s working for the Patent Office examining all the inventions that you are submitting so it’s incredible volume of work and it’s notable that’s why I’ve been talking about all this policy change to try to integrate and make it easier to predict easier on the examiners so that the inventors actually get the right result you know forth they’re looking for when they submit an invention for application I want to also ask a todays both challenge is to inquire if you were going to file and you should internationally right with your invention you’ve already filed your provisional within the US and you’re now looking to file your non-provisional with reference to other countries using the PCT what is the one country the one patent office that you’d like to submit to if you’re going to submit put in the comments below what you would and why that patent office is one that you’d want to submit to tomorrow we’ll talk about which would be my recommendation today we’re going to talk about the patent prosecution highway it’s one of the big policy agenda items for the USPTO and patent policy currently and it’s been in place now for a few years it’s been as a part of a pilot program since I think 2013 is what has been the patent prosecution highway pph is is a program that works in unison with the patent cooperation treaty the PCT so when the you the major file international application through the PCT what that does in essence is it buys you time up to 18 months to decide when to file your application in other countries you can just say you know take some time to figure out the market understand which countries you’d like to pursue protection in and you then go to what’s called the national stage in other countries so in that time right which could be a year and a half the u.s. application could actually be granted certain claims within that original patent application could be granted the beauty of the patent prosecution highway and what it does know is it allows the other countries right the later filing countries to reference back to that original country the original filing and if there’s the rights granted in the US for example that could get virtually copied and the examination will get short-circuited and be recognized in those other countries so it’s a huge benefit to having that examination and search all recognized by those other sister countries so a patent prosecution highways certainly something to consider if you’ve got pending international rights and you have a granted at least one granted claim on the underlying US application so I know that’s a lot maybe if you’re brand new to this this is the first time you’re hearing about patents and Here I am talking about the international authority anyway that’s how we like to work here I want to give you just a tidbit just kind of scratch the surface of patent law as you’ll see as we get into these daily programs there’s so much to it and I’m excited about it obviously it’s what I do and what I love if you’ve got follow-up questions and you want to talk about your specific technology feel free to follow up with us go to our website at bold patents calm or feel free to book a free 30-minute consultation we’d be happy to chat with you confidential confidentially and make sure that we are understanding each step of the process and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day and again tune in for tomorrow’s Friday session it should be fun I hope you all tune in for that I’m your host JD Houvener for the bold today’s 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