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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener and welcome to the bold today’s show we’re Hugh the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place we’re on part three of our series about patriotism here today and we’re thinking about all the back to Memorial Day and honoring those that have served us in the military so thank you to any of you who are listening that have served this want to make sure we take some time today and think about that and share in the comments below you know if you haven’t had a chance to yet this week any stories and any any impressions you got about the business do you have running right now the technology you have and how it’s impacting those around us and especially veterans and those that have served in the military this week we’ve been looking at American flags and we’re going to we’re going to take no exception today either we’re looking at a really old invention today from 1920 from a fellow and I like his name JD Hubbard or Hudson rather and you can see at the top he’s got his his name there he’s inventor of a moving flag a mechanical mechanically driven flag so he he envisioned the time that when a flag was raised up on the pole that there was an event right and so how would he actually get this flag to move if there were no wind and my goodness it’s a complicated device if you look at it in some of the figures you can see on the top view there was at least 10 cylindrical rotating mechanical knobs with gears they move in an alternating pace so that when these when these bars move back and forth across the whole pattern of the flag as it moves longitudinally left to right the flag appears to be moving much like it would be with sort of a perfect wind the invention is very interesting and it sort of plays on the on the aspect that it’s not necessarily the gears and the in the behind-the-scenes machine that’s interesting or that produces the function it’s what it looks like right but the invention is not on the way the flag is waving but how it does it right the functionality that goes and drives that utility and that’s what’s being claimed are the this is the specific type mechanics and the entire machine and in what it does what I want to point out here is that invention could come about in almost any form right you know the American flag getting around for hundreds of years by the time even this invention was done in 1920 and this inventor found a way to re innovate you know remove the the progress forward so you don’t necessarily need to reinvent the wheel as it’s a common phrase just looking at something that’s you know in use today and being able to take it to the next level right the assault a problem figure out a way to make it perform in a way that’s never been done before I use this method you know with my son my clients that come to us with their first version of their invention we like to ask this question you know how else might your invention be used what’s a new application for this perhaps in a different field it’s it’s a really mind-blowing newly mind-expanding type exercise some people get focused on the first version of their invention they don’t really think of how else that same type of thinking would fit into a different application so it’s a fun example it aligns with our sort of weekly theme here and recognizing Memorial Day and the American flag too so if any of you have questions about design patents utility patents functionality as we looked at here with this invention I’d be happy to talk with you our attorneys are still giving away free 30-minute consultation you can book your own consultation if you go to bold patents calm and click on the free consult link it’ll take you to a calendar session where you can book it right into your calendar I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold Today Show have a great day everyone 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