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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener your host of the ball today’s show we’re Hugh the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration so that you can make the world a better place happy Friday everybody and you know this week we’ve taken a really good look being paying our respects to those that have passed away this this we in this past Memorial Day and just continue to keep that in mind with the patriotic spirit really running through and you know before we launch off into the weekend I want you to take a Lionel chance here and just share in the comments below interact with us a little bit I do care you know we care about the business and the products you do you provide and want to hear about kind of some of those deeper meanings by and why you do what you do there’s almost always a really good reason for you know your interests your passion and so please share them with us below I’d love to hear that in the comment back so along with what we’ve talked about today you know in this week I’ve looked at the American flag and looked at a couple really neat examples of its design patents and with utility patents and kind of really some of the nuances and what makes up the difference they’re using the American flag as an example and I wanted to say you know as I thought about today’s script and what I was going to write I kind of pause and say well you know what actually it’d be kind of fun if I showed you how I did my searching how I even found some of these patents on the American flag so you can see up here we’re going to share with you an image of Google patents so I’m gonna walk me through kind of the steps I took to do the filtering involved in doing a Google patent search so go to patents and you’ll better see a really nice interface you know looks a lot like the regular Google interface but this search is just for pets so just type in some keywords I mean for me I typed in an American flag that’s it when the search results pop up you’ll see on the left side of the page the ability to add in filters I added just a few simple filters and I was able to get to exactly what I wanted on the bottom of that there’s a little selection where you can you can type in whether it’s a granted patent or just one that’s been published so little nuance about what that means is that Mae time’s patent applications get submitted to the Patent Office but the examiner for whatever reason says and this is not new or you know they basically say look this is this version that’s been done before and this is just another iteration of it and therefore it’s obvious under 35 section 103 and it’s just been listed as a publication or you know it’s what happens is after 18 months of filing an application it gets published the application does becomes part of the public knowledge and so it’s probably on its way to getting issued we just haven’t seen it yet so whether it’s stalled out become abandoned or on its way to issuance publications are an interesting way to get a broader internet search I was interested in just those patents that have already been granted and issued right those that have legal authority have rights vested in them so I selected grant and you can do the same to if you look down there further you can see whether you want to have a utility patent or a design pet sort of reason Google calls utility patents quote patents and design patents design so I select a design when I was going to go look for you know the first invention with the the three-dimensional Stars and then I looked for utility patents patents in terms of the Google search in order to get the other two inventions one for the antenna mounted flag and the other for the mechanically driven waving flight so you can see those two elements are selected there’s another unique field that actually allows you to put a date range in as to when they that that publication was submitted or when the patent was granted here I wanted to take a look at some older patents so I didn’t decide to put any date limitations on it so that’s it folks it’s really that easy google has made it incredibly fast to go to get these search results and so once you find the result you want let’s just click on this one example in the next page I’m going to show you here after you click into that desired result you can simply download the PDF the full original PDF of the patent itself right there from within we’ll just click on the download button and you can see that document come up comb them through the first page of the patent just like you are on the USPTO gov website just in a whole lot quicker manner able to get through that tree using the search terms as I mentioned before so I’m JD Hoover your host of the bold today’s show I hope you enjoyed this and little background into what goes on in the searching if this was useful to you or do you think I might be useful to a friend family colleague or someone you work with that’d be awesome just afford this email to them we want to try to grow our community have a wonderful weekend everybody 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