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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi I’m JD Houvener your host of the bold Today Show were you the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place we’re in part three of our series on startups and what you guys need to know about patent law we’re hitting all the essentials today and we’re still referencing the book the skittle read for free at bold patents calm this is bold ideas the inventors guide depends I drafted it two years ago it’s a quick read it covers everything you need to know the top 40 or 50 questions that you’re asking about patent law today we’re to answer a specific question that’s found in chapters 14 and 15 so take a look download our electronic version on bold patents com or get your physical copy sent to you today chapters 14 and 15 will dive into much more detail but it will give you the high level on what a provisional and what a non-provisional patent application is these questions come up a lot I don’t mind going over them every single day because I want to explain it to each inventor because it matters what you choose once you’ve decided to file an application let’s say we’ve recommended after you do a patentability search that we think you should file we believe this is novel non-obvious and has utility you have a choice as a first-time inventor and as someone that’s just getting started in a start-up right if it’s your first time we have the technology we highly recommend moving forward with the provisional patent application a provisional is gonna buy you a full year of time before you need to file your non provisional patent application this allows you to be on the market to test your product build a full prototype and develop it get that customer feedback and the improvements that you might have on your invention that whole year you’re able to roll up all those changes that you’ve made into your final filing okay now what are the big differences between the two well the provisional is half as much right half the cost had half the work it’s a much less formal invention it covers the the basic specification drawings and that’s it right it doesn’t need to be in a specific format provisional locks in the filing date you get that all-important first to file we talked about yesterday with the American Invents Act you get that locked in and then within 12 months you must follow that up with a non provisional formal application when you work with us and our team at bold patents we take the whole value what you paid for in the provisional and we’ve credit that toward your non provisional to huge value and so it really doesn’t cost you anything as far as money to get it filed on the non provisional phase this non provisional is what will actually get filed and what gets examined by the patent patent examiner it has a full formal specification set up we’ve got to have a brief description of drawings and abstract a full description detailed description and a set of claims along with formal drawings the claims is what makes up the heart of a patent and claims are in words right English words and explanation as to what you’re making a claim of ownership on so patent claims are what the examiner will look at to determine whether indeed your invention is novel or not obvious above and beyond the prior art so I know that was really quick again a lot more is in the book both ideas the inventors guide to patents if you have more questions and just want to talk to someone about this go to bold patents comm and book your own free 30-minute consultation and if you don’t you’re not ready to move forward but you think you might know someone that wants information forward this video to them I do these sessions every day Monday through Friday because I want as many people to know about these sessions as possible so pay it forward and forward this this email along to them thank you for take your time today I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold today’s show go big go bold [Music]

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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 https://boldip.com/contact/