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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Everyone I’m JD Houvener your host or the bulb today’s show for you the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place we’re here to answer the challenge question from yesterday which is about which Patent Office would you choose if you’re going to file internationally that will bite by far and away the European Patent Office that’s because you get 30 countries as part of that one package the EU has put together 30 countries as part of their European Patent Office and so by filing in that country in that office rather you’re able to get access to 30 different countries and all of their patent systems so in our last segment here today we’re going to talk about USPTO and policy of course we’re moving away from utility patents today and talking about design pens and as we’ve talked about a lot in our different courses and different sessions here the design patent varies in in distinct ways a design protects purely what something looks like okay where’s the utility application and utility patent covers what it does which is the functionality so thinking internationally the PCT patent cooperation treaty equivalent for design patents is called The Hague agreement h a gue hague agreement and this was put into place just a few years ago it’s an agreement by most of the same countries that signed up for the PCT as we’ve talked about yesterday and the day before this is the agreement that will align all those countries and so those share resources including search and examination so please get with us if you have more questions about getting your design patent rights overseas in other countries other than the US we’re equipped to help you with that and help you file that under the Hague agreement the the last but not least thing I want to talk about is that by by this time next week we’re gonna be able to launch a brand new discussion about design patents we’re launching them to a three-part series about design and then a focus for two more days about industrial designs we’re bringing about innovation not just in the functional you know computer implemented inventions but about the world around us and what it looks like so please join us next week for more details about that if you’ve got any comments or questions about what we talked about today we encourage you to do that in the comment section below I look forward to hearing from you all have a wonderful weekend I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold Today Show go big go bowl


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