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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Come to the bowl today’s show I’m your host JD Houvener where you get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place hey we’re in part three of our series talking about the soccer ball we’re doing this in in the spirit of the World Cup if any of you are out there who maybe haven’t watched the World Cup before that says the soccer game that nations from all around the world are competing in in a tournament and so we’re going to celebrate that this week by talking about the soccer ball and the actual innovations and inventions that go into moving that one particular product and sports article into the present day so we start out this week talking about the way back you know how it started out in medieval times even before that in ancient China and now last we could talk just about you know the original creation you know the Goodyear the vulcanized rubber and now I want to share with you a really cool photograph because as many inventions you know as this happens we get to point to where okay we’ve got what it is you know and you’re making all these little incremental improvements over time but on the grand scale look at this photo here of the soccer balls that were used in World Cup competitions from 1974 all the way through 2014 looks like a soccer ball I mean at the high level right I mean they all basically look the same they’re using a lot of the same materials but we’ve got to take a closer look to see because unbelievably there were hundreds of patents that span this 40 to 50 year lifetime that were diving into a couple examples in 1987 one of the very first waterproof soccer balls was put into place because there were different parts of substance being used in the stitching if they put actually a little bit of polyurethane covering over the ball and combined that it was able to get it to adhere to the surface so they would they built a play in the rain and the ball wouldn’t get soggy [Music] and then later in 2018 you know you can see there’s actually a different pan that come into a soccer ball there’s sort of this common pentagon and there’s about you know 30 different Pentagon’s as they go around the surface of the ball well in Tilton sticks there was an amazing design put up by a German engineers where they actually only have six panels on the whole ball there’s sort of this elongated figure eight shape and they’re overlaid in a symmetrical fashion such there were only six six or so panels limiting the amount of stitching that would go into each different layer the idea was that the the the fewer seams that go on the soccer ball the less chance there is for the ball to be you know kicked and as the foot hits the seam the ball would actually travel in a little bit of a different direction that if it’s a smooth surface it’s going to have a more true trajectory right as that ball moves in the air and travels on the ground and rolls so the idea was fewer seams better trajectory better control and there’s lots of other innovations on top of that you know the newer balls you know there that are just now being used in the World Cup in 2018 they’ve got a really nice soft surface for easy control they put in actually a foam substance that sits below the top layer so that has a little bit of a softer feel it allows for the ball to travel really really well it actually gets gets more response on a spin much like a golf shot has a response on for golf balls soccer balls are no different lots of innovation as you can see that we progressed first glance there’s not that much change over time but when you dive deep around the materials and the substance it’s incredible how far we’ve come I’m your host JD Houvener of the bold today show I hope you all had a great time tuning in today have a good day go big go bowl [Music] Oh


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