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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hey everybody I’m JD Houvener your host of the bold today’s show were you the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place all right you made it we’re in part two of our series all thinking about the American flag and patriotism here this whole week reflecting on the holiday we just had yesterday Memorial Day so today as part of your bold challenge I want to hear from you I really do I want to hear about how your business your technology is impacting veterans people in the military those that we really should oh my duty to oh and honor to attribute them and to thank them for their service put in the comments below I want to hear about it I’d be happy to respond to any questions – all right today we’re going to look at American flag you know yesterday we took a look at that unique invention that Michael Garzon put together with those the 3d star shapes today we’re still staying with the American flag theme but take a look at this this is an antenna right an antenna holder for a flag you may have seen some people on the road very patriotic or have the sign you’ll perhaps wear like a funeral or some type of a ceremony that they’re recognizing and you’ve seen people hanging flags maybe sports Flags baseball football this is what it is for it is a unique way it’s a it’s a utility patent not a design pet for a way to attach a flag remove ibly to a antenna this is one of those traditional types of antennas that comes off of the hood you know not one of those newer ones that kind of comes off of the roof of the car so as you can see from the invention it’s got lots of different features to it it has this ability to have a cylindrical damping on top and bottom and has some tethers to keep the flag running in a in a unidirectional flow limiting the amount of movement that the flag will have and actually probably helping it to be shown properly to folks that pass on either side of their car what’s unique I want to point about this is that on the first page of the application you can see that this patent even though it was filed in 2002 you know almost 16 years ago it still has life you know patent was gone for a long time this pattern is still enforceable today and beyond that 20 years oftentimes you’ll see that there was a patent term adjustment so look in the upper left corner as we’ll show here this was given an additional 49 days what does that mean well and why would they give you extra time the Patent Office realizes that sometimes the delay during prosecution you know during the point where you’re actually working with the examiner processing rejections objections office actions that the delay is because they’re too busy or the examiner went on vacation or whatever reason they didn’t get back to you when they said they would in this case through the prosecution almost fifty days went by where the Patent Office should have got back with this person and so the inventor gets those days back so from the date they were filed it’s 20 years plus 49 extra days so if you’re valuating patents this is a major feature to take a look at to see whether you’re potentially infringing beyond that 20 year date if there was a patent term extension attention about this invention is that there’s you know of course the American flag featured but it’s got lots of the potential and you know that’s the beauty of a utility patent and that it’s not limited to one version a utility patent is about the functionality remember it’s about what it does not what it looks like in the one version the one figure you see here that flag could be as I mentioned before a sports flag any other country could be just a color you know representing a sort of a parade of cars and you can imagine the different things the different types of flags that could be on here you could probably even think of some examples of this antenna holder holding up things other than flags this might be covered under the claims would have take a look closer look so again just make sure you get a clear understanding of the difference between a design patent so what we looked at yesterday and a utility patent was what we’re looking at today it’s my pleasure talk with you here today hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and again if you have any questions on this please give us a call our number is 884




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