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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

hi everyone I’m JD who Vener and welcome to the bolt today show were you the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration so you can make the world a better place hey you happy Monday everybody and we’re in a really fun time of year this is only can happen once every four years just like the Olympics this is the FIFA World Cup and if any of you are soccer fans I’m sure you knew about this coming up maybe something you didn’t even know this was happening well the World Cup is soccer or as the rest of the world calls it football and this is where you kick a round ball from one goal to the other it’s a huge grass field almost always done outside but there certainly as arena sports at least here in the US you can play inside so in commemoration of the World Cup happening we’re gonna have a two week long series covering different types of patents and IP around the World Cup and this first week we’re going to tackle some really fun projects and ideas all around the soccer ball and looking at the evolution of that soccer ball and where we’ve come from you know pre pre you know Chinese history all the way through to today’s current and innovations and how the soccer ball itself is actually quite innovative when you look at it at the detail level so let’s start with where we started way back and it was indeed the ancient Chinese as far back as 250 BC in the sin and Han dynasties is when the history– sort of goes back and this is a lot of this is coming from the source I found called soccer ball WorldCom have a look at it it lays out the whole history here for you what’s interesting was that at this time it was it was actually not you know inflated rubber this was animal skin and I think what they had said they use is you know either bear or whatever the animal is the skin of that animal filled with air or just filled with whatever material they could find was kicked between two posts and there was a net on the outside so it’s the earliest part the earliest point in history we can go back and find that yeah this is sort of the dawn of soccer and so it’s interesting to think about this existed way back one a little more recently in medieval times there was a sort of legend that there’s a there’s these opposing cities and one way they would sort of taunt and tease one another to sort of have a competitive edge is they would kick a skull yeah that’s a little heavy from one town square to the next and then it would be on that next city to kick it back to the first city so kind of gruesome but in a way still a sort of a sport and in the essence of fun really the only way they can get a round object to go to play this sort of thing with it wasn’t until the mid 1800s that we’re going to talk about the very first true invention of the soccer ball as we know it so really it was quite gruesome as we’ve just talked about talking about animal skins and they used pig bladders you know to kick the these in these objects around for fun so anyway that’s sort of the beginning of soccer I hope some of you’ve enjoyed some of these examples and had some fun with this we’re gonna have fun this week talking about soccer I’m your host JD hoof owner of the bull today show this has been kind of a fun lesson for you and you get inspired to think out of the box you know and looking back at the history of inventions please forward this to someone that you might know get them included in the series I’d love to hear some comments and feedback get anybody’s out there really enjoying soccer want to cheer on their favorite team he’ll be fun to get that your participation in that again I’m your host JD governor of the bowl today’s show have a great day everyone go big go bold

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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