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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone I’m JD Houvener and welcome to the bolt today’s show we’re here the inventor entrepreneur or business owner get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place hey we’re in part two of our fifa world cup series this is all about the soccer ball and we’ve just talked yesterday about you know way back when you know the beginning of soccer balls in a very graphic format and we talked about how there’s a you know an enormous you know need for change you know they were these early soccer balls were made of pigskin you know pig bladders human skulls an animal skin and so you know there was actually there’s a long period of time and that was it it was kind of gross but not until 1850 actually was 1844 and inventor Charles Goodyear you might have know the brand Goodyear tires now with a grandfather Charles Goodyear invented vulcanized rubber and brought this into reality and was able to use that too in the form of a soccer ball was one of the versions of his invention of course he made tires and all sorts of other rubberized items once he found this compound it was really this unique compound of sulfur and white lead was what it made this combination and with that you know it was this company that was able to be inflated and all of a sudden the ball on that was actually quite round as opposed to these other you know animal skins or bladders would have an irregular shape so take a look at this photo we’ve been looking at it this is the first soccer ball as we know it and so Charles Goodyear is known as the inventor of the soccer ball and so this is the material that really changed the way the game you know change the game began the game of soccer so that when they when you went to kick the soccer ball you could actually tell where it was gonna travel if it was rolling you would generally go in that direction kicked whereas before it was kind of a guessing game and so what happened was this is actually currently in on display now in in the Hall of Fame of soccer which is actually in New York and so take a look at this and you know this patent was issued in the United States in 1944 the patent number was 3633 so it’s one of the first I mean the 6000 there’s actually almost 10 million patents issued to date so this is one of the very very first come of the groundbreaking cornerstone patent and all of sports and so this was obviously used as one of the the main citations for what was also patented later as the football hope you’ll have enjoyed this fun session here and are still turning on your favorite team with the world the World Cup hope you’ll have a great day go big go bolt




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