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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today’s Show. We’re here with the inventor, entrepreneur, business owner, getting your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place. We’re in part three of our series about patent services, and we’re featuring There, you’re gonna see a whole listing of what we do. This week, we’re just covering the top five ways that we have been serving clients for five years and the best services that we can provide.

Today, we’re going to dig deep and talk about the non-provisional patent application. Yesterday, we talked about the provisional patent application, and I’m here to talk about what are the major differences between them. But I’m not gonna get to them all, so if you want to learn much more about this, please go to our website and download the EU version of our book, Bold Ideas: The Inventor’s Guide to Patents. There, I recommend stopping at Chapter 14 to hear more about the provisional non-provisional breakdown. You’re gonna get lots of more information about the nuances about drawings to specification.

Before we get into that today, I want to give you a bold challenge. Today, believe it or not, it’s Emergency Medical Services for Children Day. That’s a lot of words, but that’s the day we’re celebrating today – Emergency Medical Services for Children. So, it got me thinking about all these innovations that you do, all the hard work that you entrepreneurs are working on. Let’s take a minute to stop and think about how our products, what we’re working on, how it’s going to change the lives of children. I would love to hear in the comments below how you’re making a difference, whether it be through your business directly or maybe it’s tangentially, maybe it’s the movement you’re making, kinds of energy that you’re creating in your company. How is it supporting the youth of today, making sure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed?

I’ve got a real soft spot for children and learning in education, so I’d love to hear about that.

So, digging in today about the non-provisional patent applications, this is exciting. This is where the rubber meets the road, and we as patent attorneys get to help you draft claims. Claims belong in the patent when you submit it as part of that full utility application to the examiner. That’s what the examiner’s gonna review first when they get a sense of what kind of scope is this inventor claiming, what type of field of technology should we look at? In the claims, it’s unfortunate, it’s at the very bottom, the very back of the patent application, is a numbered set, usually between 10 to 20 claims is pretty typical. In there, you’ll see independent and dependent claims. We won’t get into the details today on that, but in a non-provisional application, that is the heart because that is what you’re claiming as the inventor. You’re saying this is what I’ve invented, I’m the first in the world to come up with this, and you explain it in the English language in as broad terms as you can to capture all the value, all different types of applications that your invention could have.

In the job of the written description, which could be tens or twenty pages plus, describing all the different versions and how that would actually work, how someone like you could actually go build it. Along with the drawings that are needed to fully explain the invention, that’s the duty of the non-provisional. And it has a lot of formality to it. The non-provisional must have an abstract, brief description of drawings, a detailed description is a must-have, a summary, a background, as well as I mentioned, the full set of claims. The drawings must be formalized, and there are very specific set of how they need to look in terms of line drawings and shading and how to show the different views and how to describe them using the brief description of drawings.

References must be made in those drawings to certain figure numbers, and those must also be cross-referenced in the specification. A non-provisional is the application that will mark the time when you actually get an opportunity to make reference to what will have become the examination period.

I know this is a lot of information all at once, but if you have any lingering questions about what a non-provisional patent application means, maybe you’ve got a provisional patent application and you’re wondering what the differences are or how to convert it to a non-provisional, we’d be happy to help you with that. Check out our website at; we have a link there for you to schedule your own 30-minute consultation today.

I asked you to pay it forward now. If you’ve been watching my Bold Today sessions and it inspired you to keep moving and keep learning every day, I ask you to think about who is someone out there that you know that could use this message, a daily message to help them get out of bed, and shock them a little bit, get their system going, and learn something new. Please send this to them, just forward the email to them, and let them register themselves.

Anyway, I’m your host J.D. Houvener; it’s been my pleasure talking with you here today. Hope you all have a great day. 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