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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener and welcome to the bold Today Show were you the inventor entrepreneur business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place happy Monday everybody and welcome back and happy holiday it is Memorial Day and many of you who might be vacationing taking some time off and you know I’m actually guilty of this sometimes to where I kind of forget what the holiday actually means Memorial Day as you probably know NASM saying this is to honor those that have passed before us and with a special way to honor those that have been in the Armed Services in the military so today I have a challenge for you whether you know someone personally or have someone your family or maybe yourself or person that has served in the military if you know someone that has passed it has given you some real insight and inspiration to moving your technology forward put in the comments below if you’re brave enough to share them with us I really want to hear about it I’m excited to hear about what your passion is and one that one of the main reasons why you move forward today I want to talk about an interesting inventor out of a town called Travelers Rest south carolina michael Garzon invented this invention alright this is a design patent okay it was issued just a couple years back and you can tell right from the front page of the design patent it’s a debt it’s a design because you can see the letter D right in front of the numerical letters the American tenth of the numbers of the patent which we’ll see in this and the figures below is that there are it’s the American flag no doubt and if you take a really close look you’ll see that all the most of the flag is in dashed lines including the stripes the outline of the flag and even the corner is in dashed lines but what’s not what’s in solid lines are the stars right the 50 stars that represent the state and if you look even closer and this pattern is actually all about not just the pattern of there or the orientation of the stars but the fact that they’re raised up and they’re in three dimensions very unique way to do that using a design patent and so what he’s done is he’s had a very specific drawing put together I think it’s figure 1 as you can see there’s some dash lines that are very specifically drawn to show the shaving as that as that angle of the star edge goes upward you can see that point design drawings are much more detailed than a utility drawing for patents is that it is really the whole part of what the rights are for a design application design patent under 35 USC 171 that’s the legal definition of a ornament ality and how it’s different from utility patents covering just what the design looks like that’s the really domain of design pads not so much to do with the fact that the what the flag can move or that it provides you know perhaps a different buffer to the wind resistance no no it’s just merely the way it looks and and what it does and not what it does so without further ado I want to ask you a favor today if you’ve been watching the bolt a show for a while I ask you to pay it forward take a chance send it to someone that you think might appreciate hearing a little bit about design patents maybe someone that’s a patriot and see if that inspires them to move their business forward to the next level I’m your host JD Houvener of 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