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What is a patent?

A patent is the core legal protection for inventors and their inventions. The purpose of this protection is to provide an inventor with the necessary time and space to make, use and sell his or her invention without the threat of competition. In essence, it is the right to exclude others, for a specified time period, from simultaneously building, using or selling that particular invention in the marketplace.

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Why should I obtain a patent?

A patent gives the inventor the right to stop others from making, using, selling or importing the patented goods or services without permission of the patent holder; allowing you to retain exclusive commercial rights, which is a big deal for when you look to monetize your invention. Additionally, there is the altruistic reasoning for patents, and that is as a contribution to the world at large, participating in the advance of technology as a whole.

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What qualifies for a patent? Am I eligible?

According to the patent statute “Any person who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine manufacture, composition of matter or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent.” This gives us the four main categories of patents.

  1. Process: A set or series of acts, in a certain order and sequence.
  2. Machine: The apparatus itself. The sum of various physical parts that carry out a process.
  3. Manufacture: An assembly or system of apparatuses.
  4. Composition of Matter: The combination and mixing of substances that form a chemical union, and changing them at the atomic level.

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What is a patentability search?

For a client that wants to know what patents or publications (known as prior art) are already out in the public. This helps answer the basic question of novelty: “Is my invention or improvement really new?”

A patentability search is a vital part of any IP strategy. Patent searches can help you refine your invention, complete a successful patent application, and fully protect your intellectual property. And, a professional and comprehensive patent search can help you avoid unnecessary expenses and delays. Learn more about patent searches below.

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What is Provisional vs. Non-Provisional?

A Provisional Patent Application serves to establish a foothold, it is a less formal cursory patent, that once accepted by the USPTO gives you one year to test, build and refine the description and claims of your Non-Provisional application.

A Non-Provisional Patent Application requires a much more in-depth and clearly defined summary of your invention, including technical drawings, Full Claims, description and more.

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What types of patents are there?

The three major types of Patents available are:

Utility: Structure, operation or composition of a machine, product or process. This covers the function of the invention.

Design: The Non-functional aspect of your creation, protecting the physical appearance and design.

Plant: A patent awarded for the invention or discovery of an asexually reproduced variety of plant, requiring the creation to be reproducible in a lab setting without the aid of mother nature.

Why work with Bold Patents?

Bold Patents prides itself on being one of the leading patent firms in the country. We specialize in patents and providing business advice.

  1. 1-1 Counseling: Knowledgeable, licensed, registered patent attorneys communicating with you directly throughout the process.
  2. Geographically Diverse: With our virtual network of Attorneys, we have a physical presence and foundation in most major cities across the country.
  3. Unmatched Convenience: Instead of driving downtown and making you wait in large Handle the whole process from home
  4. Transparent Pricing: With our flat-rates and clear fee schedules, there is no guessing or surprise monthly bills
  5. Lean Patent Service: We’re lean and mean. Our patent attorneys are all industry-experienced and have the scientific training to get to know you and your invention quickly and efficiently.
  6. Broad Bold Network: We rely on our internal team for most everything, but when special situations arise, we have a broad network of contract and of counsel attorneys to help our clients with anything.

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Do you really understand my technology?
  1. Not Yet: We have a very comprehensive invention disclosure process that will allow any inventor to fully disclose their invention such that any of our attorneys can fully grasp the inventive concept behind the invention.
  2. Value of NOT Knowing: We know the law, that’s our job. There comes a vast array of values that come from working with a Patent Professional. One of those is having a technical writer that does not know your particular invention yet. This will benefit you because we will not overlook any detail, or assume anything about your invention (which someone in your field might).
  3. Technical Attorneys: Each of our USPTO registered Patent Attorneys has at least a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in a STEM or Science field, has passed a rigorous Patent Exam and gone to Law School as well as passed a State Bar. This background of intensive learning, both technical and analytical, will no doubt be of great help to understanding your invention fully
  4. Sometimes Better than You: Yes, I said it. We probably know more about your invention than you do. It’s part of our training actually, and it’s a wonderful thing for you. As you will see – in our process, our Attorneys will actually help you broaden your scope of invention to include other applications that you might not have even considered when you first disclose your first version of your invention.
  5. Research is Included: Because it’s our job to fully articulate and properly claim your invention – some technical research may be necessary. However, you will not be charged any additional fees for this research – it’s part of the job!

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Will I get an ROI for my money invested in this patent process?
  1. It’s up to You: Patents are a very valuable asset to any company. However, you need to be able to find a market need in order to monetize them. We provide you with the legal tools enabling you to be successful. Ultimately, you are responsible for marketing your invention. We recommend doing a patentability search with us before filing an application to determine the likelihood of your invention receiving a patent
  2. And then some. You’ll find that through the invention process, it will open up your eyes to a multitude of innovation spin-offs that stem from one core technology. You want to get a patent not only for the immediate technology you’ve developed, but also to secure your place in emerging markets related to that technology.
  3. Liability Avoidance: Going through the patent search process, will enlighten you to a landscape of enforceable patents that others own, and will guide your path into the market to avoid infringing someone else’s rights
  4. Money, Money, Money: Patents bring most of their financial benefit by preventing competition (for a limited time). This means that you are the only one able to make, use, sell or import your invention into the US. Patents can also be transfered, like any other piece of real or tangible property in order to reap a license royalty or through a lump-sum sale.

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Do I really get protection from a patent?
  1. Absolutely: You get protection in the sense you have a right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States.
  2. Preventing Infringement: US Patent Laws enable rights holders to prevent those infringing activities AND collect a reasonable royalty OR your lost profits from the infringement
  3. Exclusivity for Improvements: You can continue to develop your technology and make improvements within the claimed scope of the patent while others would need to license it from you.

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Why can’t I just license my product without patents?
  1. Without a Patent, there’s nothing to license: The idea of “licensing” is providing to one or more party some subset of your rights you own; without havnig documented IP ownership, there is essentially nothing to license.  
  2. Know when to Patent: If your invention, once sold on the open market, can be reverse engineered, you need a patent if you want to continue to monetize it. Otherwise, disclosing your invention for manufacturing without a patent could lead to it passing into the public domain. Then you would have no intellectual property rights to your product!
  3. Beware of Sharks: There are many invention brokering companies that will tell you “you don’t need a patent” to do a deal…but be VERY wary of these organizations. Without a patent, there is NOTHING keeping Kevin O’Leary from stealing your product and selling it without your permission – not so “wonderful” is it?
  4. Protection Outside of Patents: Don’t worry if your product isn’t patent eligible, we might be able to secure intellectual property protection under copyright or trademark.

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Why shouldn’t I just do this on my own?
  1. Cringeworthy Disclaimers: Inexpensive Legal Provider disclaimer: “Inexpensive Legal Provider is not responsible for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage related to your use of this site or any site linked to this site, whether from errors or omissions in the content of our site or any other linked sites, from the site being down or from any other use of the site. In short, your use of the site is at your own risk. 
  2. Not for your “Baby”: There may be a time for using bargain legal services, but protecting your intellectual property is not one of them. A subpar/unskilled drafted patent application likely claims less protection than a properly drafted patent from a patent attorney
  3. Patent Attorneys, not merely Agents: Many low-budget patent operations are comprised of Patent Agents (those technical writers that do not have law degrees). Without law degrees, an understanding of recent case law and how patents should be crafted to broaden scopes and avoid rejection/issues down the road is invaluable.
    1. We are specially trained professionals who focus on securing intellectual property protection for our clients and supporting their business needs.
    2. We know the law – recent cases, decisions, and latest updates on how examiners will review claims
    3. We know the lingo of the examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office.
    4. We know legal nuances and rule exceptions that can get a difficult/complicated/ patent application approved and issued.

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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner, get your daily inspiration to help you make the world a better place. We’re here answering our FAQs, frequently asked questions. These are some of the interesting yet really frequent questions we get that come in from inventors, business owners, that are going to our website, or that sit in front of us in consultations, and these are these burning questions that keep coming up again and again, and I want to get them out to you because it’s questions that you probably have, and maybe you’ve been nervous about asking them because they may be too simple or trite, or maybe you just feel uncomfortable, but this is a big question we get: “You, patent attorney, you know, do you really understand my technology?” Right, you know, you’re the inventor, you’ve got a question like, “Look, I’ve got this thing I’ve been working on for thirteen years, I finally want to bring it to the market. Do you really get it? Do you understand my technology, to help me move this forward?” And that’s a great question, because the answer is “no.” No, we don’t. And what I usually have our attorneys say is, “Not yet.” The beauty in what we do as patent attorneys is we’ve got the right training to, yes, understand mechanical, electrical, computer science inventions at a high enough level. We’ve got the technical underpinning, we have all bachelor’s of science degrees. We’ve all been through law school, and so we know what it takes to sort of take in very complex information and be able to ask smart questions. One of the best ways I can articulate the training we get in law school, it’s the ability to hear a case, hear someone’s story, and ask the right questions. So by being able to have that technical underpinning with the correct sort of mind and strategic alliance with you, in that meeting, you know, working together, we’re going to be able to articulate, I’ll be able to pull out all the technology, all the details that we need to get to a successful solution. So don’t worry if we don’t come in having the perfect background, having worked on your very discreet, you know, marine boat hull technology in only one specific type of material. You know, what if the answer is, no, we have never done that? But we can actually get to the solution, which is getting you the broadest patent rights possible. That’s what you actually care about. So if you have more questions about technology and you’re curious about what it means to move a patent forward, I encourage you to visit our website at boldpatents.com, or give us a call at 800-849-1913. We’d be happy to talk with you. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold. 


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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner, get your daily inspiration to help you make the world a better place. We’re here answering our FAQs, frequently asked questions. These are some of the interesting yet really frequent questions we get that come in from inventors, business owners, that are going to our website, or that sit in front of us in consultations, and these are these burning questions that keep coming up again and again, and I want to get them out to you because it’s questions that you probably have, and maybe you’ve been nervous about asking them because they may be too simple or trite, or maybe you just feel uncomfortable, but this is a big question we get: “You, patent attorney, you know, do you really understand my technology?” Right, you know, you’re the inventor, you’ve got a question like, “Look, I’ve got this thing I’ve been working on for thirteen years, I finally want to bring it to the market. Do you really get it? Do you understand my technology, to help me move this forward?” And that’s a great question, because the answer is “no.” No, we don’t. And what I usually have our attorneys say is, “Not yet.” The beauty in what we do as patent attorneys is we’ve got the right training to, yes, understand mechanical, electrical, computer science inventions at a high enough level. We’ve got the technical underpinning, we have all bachelor’s of science degrees. We’ve all been through law school, and so we know what it takes to sort of take in very complex information and be able to ask smart questions. One of the best ways I can articulate the training we get in law school, it’s the ability to hear a case, hear someone’s story, and ask the right questions. So by being able to have that technical underpinning with the correct sort of mind and strategic alliance with you, in that meeting, you know, working together, we’re going to be able to articulate, I’ll be able to pull out all the technology, all the details that we need to get to a successful solution. So don’t worry if we don’t come in having the perfect background, having worked on your very discreet, you know, marine boat hull technology in only one specific type of material. You know, what if the answer is, no, we have never done that? But we can actually get to the solution, which is getting you the broadest patent rights possible. That’s what you actually care about. So if you have more questions about technology and you’re curious about what it means to move a patent forward, I encourage you to visit our website at boldpatents.com, or give us a call at 800-849-1913. We’d be happy to talk with you. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold.


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October 18, 2018 10:43 am

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Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, and I’m so glad you’ve made it here. You know, you’re the inventors and entrepreneurs in the world that are looking to make a difference. Today I want to talk about one of our frequently asked questions that comes up from time to time in looking at our team, at boldpatents.com. It’s been said that some of our attorneys appear to be young or inexperienced. And while some of that may have some merit, sometimes not, what’s interesting to know about patent attorneys is that we have experience that is technical, and almost every single one of our attorneys has got industry experience, right, they have gone through and got their bachelor’s of science, law school degree, passed the state bar, passed the patent bar, and then went and worked in the industry, whether it be in engineering, drafting, design--and then became part of this network of becoming a patent attorney. And so, this is sort of a unique scenario where experience is important, but by being young, one of the big benefits I like to sort of tell people that ask this question is that, well, one of the benefits of being young is that we’re eager. Right, we’re not sitting on our ivory towers, sort of pontificating and barking orders and telling our clients how it should be because we’ve been there and done that. We’re experienced in knowing how to go get it and to go make a difference, and we’re open to hearing what your thoughts are and articulating the best custom solution possible. We’re not set in our ways. We’re looking at solving the problem in a unique way, and we’re high energy, right, you’re not going to be getting an email back at 3:45 in the afternoon. You’re likely to get an email in your inbox at 9 am, bright in the morning. We’ll be wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to work on your case. So that’s what comes with a little bit of youth and experience here at Bold Patents. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold. 


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Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, and I’m so glad you’ve made it here. You know, you’re the inventors and entrepreneurs in the world that are looking to make a difference. Today I want to talk about one of our frequently asked questions that comes up from time to time in looking at our team, at boldpatents.com. It’s been said that some of our attorneys appear to be young or inexperienced. And while some of that may have some merit, sometimes not, what’s interesting to know about patent attorneys is that we have experience that is technical, and almost every single one of our attorneys has got industry experience, right, they have gone through and got their bachelor’s of science, law school degree, passed the state bar, passed the patent bar, and then went and worked in the industry, whether it be in engineering, drafting, design--and then became part of this network of becoming a patent attorney. And so, this is sort of a unique scenario where experience is important, but by being young, one of the big benefits I like to sort of tell people that ask this question is that, well, one of the benefits of being young is that we’re eager. Right, we’re not sitting on our ivory towers, sort of pontificating and barking orders and telling our clients how it should be because we’ve been there and done that. We’re experienced in knowing how to go get it and to go make a difference, and we’re open to hearing what your thoughts are and articulating the best custom solution possible. We’re not set in our ways. We’re looking at solving the problem in a unique way, and we’re high energy, right, you’re not going to be getting an email back at 3:45 in the afternoon. You’re likely to get an email in your inbox at 9 am, bright in the morning. We’ll be wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to work on your case. So that’s what comes with a little bit of youth and experience here at Bold Patents. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold.


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The Knowledge of a Patent Attorney | FAQ

October 18, 2018 10:42 am

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Hi, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, I’m so glad you’ve made it. This is where you, the inventor or entrepreneur, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. Today we’re talking about answering our frequently asked questions that get mentioned again and again that the inventors that we talk with, in our consultations, have. And these are burning questions that maybe you have, or someone you might know does. And so, as we listen to this series, I ask that you, after listening here today, feel compelled to please forward this to someone you might know, you know, a cousin, a nephew, a brother, uncle, father, or mother--just let them know, “Hey, this is a great way to just get your daily, one- or two-minute video to learn something about intellectual property and patent law each day.” I’d be honored if you’d do that. Today we’re talking about the question that I get asked, “Hey, you know, how do I know that I’m actually going to get benefit by using your company, your law firm, through Bold Patents, what do you guys do that’s different from anybody else?” With our firm, we do one-on-one consulting. Right, this is not a big, conglomerate, huge law firm that’s downtown, where you’ve got to find parking and wait in a marble lobby, wait for paralegals and staff to kind of make sure everything’s right and then you finally get to see the attorney for five minutes, and then he or she’s out--no, no. If you hire our firm, you’re working one-on-one with a licensed patent attorney. And not everybody knows this, but patent attorneys have a long pedigree, quite a few credentials, before they can even call themselves patent attorneys. What that means is they’ve got a bachelor of science degree, usually in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences. Then they have to go to law school, right, three plus years of law school, take and pass a state bar, and then sit for a separate patent bar that is just as rigorous as the state bar. Finally, they can consider themselves patent attorneys. So, those individuals that are able to sit down with you with our team, my patent attorneys on my team, they’ve got that experience by going through school. But everyone in our team has actually gone above and beyond that. They have been in the industry and worked as engineers, scientists, formed startups, been there and done that, so they can talk about where you’re at and what your position is in potentially starting up a new business or launching a new product. So having that one-on-one relationship, that close network, to be able to build and help your case grow in a custom way, is one of a kind. That’s one way that we are different from any other law firm out there. Hope you all have learned a little something here today. If you want to learn more about our firm, please go to boldpatents.com, or give us a call at 800-849-1913. We’ve got advisors and consultants ready to set that appointment up with your patent attorney. I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold. 

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Hi, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, I’m so glad you’ve made it. This is where you, the inventor or entrepreneur, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. Today we’re talking about answering our frequently asked questions that get mentioned again and again that the inventors that we talk with, in our consultations, have. And these are burning questions that maybe you have, or someone you might know does. And so, as we listen to this series, I ask that you, after listening here today, feel compelled to please forward this to someone you might know, you know, a cousin, a nephew, a brother, uncle, father, or mother--just let them know, “Hey, this is a great way to just get your daily, one- or two-minute video to learn something about intellectual property and patent law each day.” I’d be honored if you’d do that. Today we’re talking about the question that I get asked, “Hey, you know, how do I know that I’m actually going to get benefit by using your company, your law firm, through Bold Patents, what do you guys do that’s different from anybody else?” With our firm, we do one-on-one consulting. Right, this is not a big, conglomerate, huge law firm that’s downtown, where you’ve got to find parking and wait in a marble lobby, wait for paralegals and staff to kind of make sure everything’s right and then you finally get to see the attorney for five minutes, and then he or she’s out--no, no. If you hire our firm, you’re working one-on-one with a licensed patent attorney. And not everybody knows this, but patent attorneys have a long pedigree, quite a few credentials, before they can even call themselves patent attorneys. What that means is they’ve got a bachelor of science degree, usually in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences. Then they have to go to law school, right, three plus years of law school, take and pass a state bar, and then sit for a separate patent bar that is just as rigorous as the state bar. Finally, they can consider themselves patent attorneys. So, those individuals that are able to sit down with you with our team, my patent attorneys on my team, they’ve got that experience by going through school. But everyone in our team has actually gone above and beyond that. They have been in the industry and worked as engineers, scientists, formed startups, been there and done that, so they can talk about where you’re at and what your position is in potentially starting up a new business or launching a new product. So having that one-on-one relationship, that close network, to be able to build and help your case grow in a custom way, is one of a kind. That’s one way that we are different from any other law firm out there. Hope you all have learned a little something here today. If you want to learn more about our firm, please go to boldpatents.com, or give us a call at 800-849-1913. We’ve got advisors and consultants ready to set that appointment up with your patent attorney. I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold.

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Our One-On-One Advantage | FAQ

October 16, 2018 9:35 am

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Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the entrepreneur or business owner, get your daily dose of inspiration so that you can go make the world a better place. All right, we’re in the tail end of our series on frequently asked questions, thank you for everyone who’s supplied the great number of questions and comments on our posts so far in this series. We are answering the frequently asked questions of our inventor clients and those prospective clients that we get on the phone with in our free, thirty-minute consultations. We field questions from all around the country because of the nature of our law firm--we’re virtual, meaning we can handle representation in any part of the country. And so, with patent law being federal, it’s a really big benefit to us to be able to serve a nice, big, broad community of inventors, and it’s served us really well to get that knowledge base up and running. So thank you for being a part of this Bold Today Show, and if you know of anyone that might be able to benefit from this as well, just forward the email to them, pause the video right now and just send the email so they’ve got the ability to gain that knowledge in this daily, two- or three-minute impactful message every day. So today, I want to cover one of the most important subjects that I get asked about. What is the difference between a provisional and a non-provisional patent application? And while I could talk about this for an hour, I want to give you the really high-level bullet points on what the difference is. A provisional patent application is an informal application, one that purely locks in the priority date. And a priority date means the filing date, right, the fact that you, the inventor, say that this date is the date I submitted my invention to the patent office. And so, anyone else out there, right, in the world, that is conceiving the same invention--it’s the fact that you filed it first. That’s what gives you the rights, so if they’re out there independently creating the same thing you are, it’s a race to the patent office, baby. And so that is the reason why you want to file a provisional. You work with the patent attorney to make sure that the specification, right, the written description, and the drawings about that provisional, are articulated in a broad manner to cover as much as you can about what you’ve just created, what your invention is. A non-provisional is really the opposite, it’s a much more formal application, it has very specific sections, and requires formal drawings to be created. And of course, the most important part are the claims. The claims of the patent are what you articulate, with your patent attorney, in words, English words, about what it is that you own, what you’re staking your claim on. And you’re saying you’re the first ever to have done this and provided this novel functionality. So, one of the beauties of this is that the provisional and the non-provisional work very well in tandem. The provisional gets filed first, and you get an entire year, right, twelve months, to then file a non-provisional patent application. So that gives you a lot of time to potentially test the market, build a prototype, talk with investors, and make sure that your product is something that you’re going to be able to benefit from in the market. And so that twelve month period is a wonderful grace period to allow you to then file that non-provisional and actually carve out those words and make reference back all the way to that provisional, so you get that early filing date. So I know I talked about a lot, I tried to break it down as simplest as I could, but I know there’s more people out there that may have additional questions. If you do, please go to boldpatents.com, or give us a call to learn more about it at 800-849-1913. If you’re a researcher like me, you can always go to our website and download a copy of our free book, Bold Ideas: The Inventor’s Guide to Patents. I authored that just a couple years ago, and I’m excited that you’d be able to get that for free PDF download on our website. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener. Thank you for being with me here today. Have a great day, everybody. Go big. Go bold.

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Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the entrepreneur or business owner, get your daily dose of inspiration so that you can go make the world a better place. All right, we’re in the tail end of our series on frequently asked questions, thank you for everyone who’s supplied the great number of questions and comments on our posts so far in this series. We are answering the frequently asked questions of our inventor clients and those prospective clients that we get on the phone with in our free, thirty-minute consultations. We field questions from all around the country because of the nature of our law firm--we’re virtual, meaning we can handle representation in any part of the country. And so, with patent law being federal, it’s a really big benefit to us to be able to serve a nice, big, broad community of inventors, and it’s served us really well to get that knowledge base up and running. So thank you for being a part of this Bold Today Show, and if you know of anyone that might be able to benefit from this as well, just forward the email to them, pause the video right now and just send the email so they’ve got the ability to gain that knowledge in this daily, two- or three-minute impactful message every day. So today, I want to cover one of the most important subjects that I get asked about. What is the difference between a provisional and a non-provisional patent application? And while I could talk about this for an hour, I want to give you the really high-level bullet points on what the difference is. A provisional patent application is an informal application, one that purely locks in the priority date. And a priority date means the filing date, right, the fact that you, the inventor, say that this date is the date I submitted my invention to the patent office. And so, anyone else out there, right, in the world, that is conceiving the same invention--it’s the fact that you filed it first. That’s what gives you the rights, so if they’re out there independently creating the same thing you are, it’s a race to the patent office, baby. And so that is the reason why you want to file a provisional. You work with the patent attorney to make sure that the specification, right, the written description, and the drawings about that provisional, are articulated in a broad manner to cover as much as you can about what you’ve just created, what your invention is. A non-provisional is really the opposite, it’s a much more formal application, it has very specific sections, and requires formal drawings to be created. And of course, the most important part are the claims. The claims of the patent are what you articulate, with your patent attorney, in words, English words, about what it is that you own, what you’re staking your claim on. And you’re saying you’re the first ever to have done this and provided this novel functionality. So, one of the beauties of this is that the provisional and the non-provisional work very well in tandem. The provisional gets filed first, and you get an entire year, right, twelve months, to then file a non-provisional patent application. So that gives you a lot of time to potentially test the market, build a prototype, talk with investors, and make sure that your product is something that you’re going to be able to benefit from in the market. And so that twelve month period is a wonderful grace period to allow you to then file that non-provisional and actually carve out those words and make reference back all the way to that provisional, so you get that early filing date. So I know I talked about a lot, I tried to break it down as simplest as I could, but I know there’s more people out there that may have additional questions. If you do, please go to boldpatents.com, or give us a call to learn more about it at 800-849-1913. If you’re a researcher like me, you can always go to our website and download a copy of our free book, Bold Ideas: The Inventor’s Guide to Patents. I authored that just a couple years ago, and I’m excited that you’d be able to get that for free PDF download on our website. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener. Thank you for being with me here today. Have a great day, everybody. Go big. Go bold.

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The Difference Between Provisional and Non-Provisional Patent Applications | FAQ

October 15, 2018 8:38 am

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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. I’m excited to share with you one of the most frequently asked questions we get from all inventors anywhere. They ask us, “Hey, look, this sounds like it’s going to take a lot of money. You know, thousands of dollars, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars, to get my patent granted. What is my ROI? Am I going to get a return on the investment I made?” And a very fun answer I like to give back to a lot of our inventor clients and business owners is, “And then some.” Okay? You’re going to make a lot of money--if you do this right. But it’s going to take a lot of time and effort, not just on our behalf, but on your behalf. Okay? So, yes, you’re going to be able to make a huge return on your investment if you do this right. And if you work with a patent attorney, and a Bold Patent attorney at that, we’re going to guide you through this process that is basically proven, it’s going to work. It starts by doing the hard work, though. And that’s doing patent diligence, meaning a patentability review, to make sure that your invention is indeed novel, non-obvious, and has utility in the market. That’s what we’re talking about. Doing the hard work up front to ensure that your invention is something that should be filed for before you submit the application. We help you do the hard work and make sure that that is indeed something worth filing. Once we say yes, and we recommend filing that application, we’re behind you 110%. And it’s just a matter of getting all the wheels in motion, helping you get to the right individuals and ownership and employment and product sales and prototyping--we can help you with all of that. It’s just a matter of getting it started with the right foundation. And you’ve got that with Bold Patents. Visit our website at boldpatents.com to see more, and please, take that next step and get a free consultation today by calling 800-849-1913. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold. 

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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. I’m excited to share with you one of the most frequently asked questions we get from all inventors anywhere. They ask us, “Hey, look, this sounds like it’s going to take a lot of money. You know, thousands of dollars, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars, to get my patent granted. What is my ROI? Am I going to get a return on the investment I made?” And a very fun answer I like to give back to a lot of our inventor clients and business owners is, “And then some.” Okay? You’re going to make a lot of money--if you do this right. But it’s going to take a lot of time and effort, not just on our behalf, but on your behalf. Okay? So, yes, you’re going to be able to make a huge return on your investment if you do this right. And if you work with a patent attorney, and a Bold Patent attorney at that, we’re going to guide you through this process that is basically proven, it’s going to work. It starts by doing the hard work, though. And that’s doing patent diligence, meaning a patentability review, to make sure that your invention is indeed novel, non-obvious, and has utility in the market. That’s what we’re talking about. Doing the hard work up front to ensure that your invention is something that should be filed for before you submit the application. We help you do the hard work and make sure that that is indeed something worth filing. Once we say yes, and we recommend filing that application, we’re behind you 110%. And it’s just a matter of getting all the wheels in motion, helping you get to the right individuals and ownership and employment and product sales and prototyping--we can help you with all of that. It’s just a matter of getting it started with the right foundation. And you’ve got that with Bold Patents. Visit our website at boldpatents.com to see more, and please, take that next step and get a free consultation today by calling 800-849-1913. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold.

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What Does It Take to Make Money Off My Patent? | FAQ

October 12, 2018 12:34 pm

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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, and I’m glad you’ve made it here, because this is your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. And I am here, every day, here with you in that two to three minutes, maybe you’re in your car, maybe you’re working out, maybe this is the way you start your day every day. And so I ask you to pay it forward today, to send this email, send the Youtube link, to someone you know that could be filled with passion by just giving them that nudge, by listening to someone like me, urge them along and get that patent, get that invention they’ve been thinking about moved to the next step, get them protected, and get that product out. I’m answering questions today, this is our frequently asked questions series, and one of the questions I get a lot is, because we’re a relatively new law firm, we’ve been around about four to five years, is that our team is comprised of relatively young attorneys. And I get questions, “Well, hey, you guys are so inexperienced and young, why would I want to work with you?” I love to come back with the answer that, well, we work as a team. Right, you’re hiring a law firm, not one attorney, not a solo attorney out there, trying to run their accounting and bookkeeping and systems and trying to market. Our attorneys, they focus just on the law. And what’s cool is that we’re able to bounce ideas off of one another to help bring the best quality product to you, the client, out there. That’s the beauty of working with a boutique, like our law firm. Well, we are certainly virtual, we’ll be able to save you money on not having big overhead. The idea of a boutique is that we’re able to create a very custom, very high-quality product for each of our clients. And so, while we may be inexperienced in some ways, we are full of energy, and we’re able to bounce ideas off of each other so that together, we’re able to deliver way more than anyone else could on their own. So if you have any questions about us, please visit our website. Go to boldpatents.com, there we’ve got great identification of each one of our attorneys, their backgrounds, and their passion about helping you, the inventor. You can also give us a call at 800-849-1913, talk to one of our advisors, and if it’s a good fit, we’ll set you up with a consultation with one of our attorneys today. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold. 

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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, and I’m glad you’ve made it here, because this is your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. And I am here, every day, here with you in that two to three minutes, maybe you’re in your car, maybe you’re working out, maybe this is the way you start your day every day. And so I ask you to pay it forward today, to send this email, send the Youtube link, to someone you know that could be filled with passion by just giving them that nudge, by listening to someone like me, urge them along and get that patent, get that invention they’ve been thinking about moved to the next step, get them protected, and get that product out. I’m answering questions today, this is our frequently asked questions series, and one of the questions I get a lot is, because we’re a relatively new law firm, we’ve been around about four to five years, is that our team is comprised of relatively young attorneys. And I get questions, “Well, hey, you guys are so inexperienced and young, why would I want to work with you?” I love to come back with the answer that, well, we work as a team. Right, you’re hiring a law firm, not one attorney, not a solo attorney out there, trying to run their accounting and bookkeeping and systems and trying to market. Our attorneys, they focus just on the law. And what’s cool is that we’re able to bounce ideas off of one another to help bring the best quality product to you, the client, out there. That’s the beauty of working with a boutique, like our law firm. Well, we are certainly virtual, we’ll be able to save you money on not having big overhead. The idea of a boutique is that we’re able to create a very custom, very high-quality product for each of our clients. And so, while we may be inexperienced in some ways, we are full of energy, and we’re able to bounce ideas off of each other so that together, we’re able to deliver way more than anyone else could on their own. So if you have any questions about us, please visit our website. Go to boldpatents.com, there we’ve got great identification of each one of our attorneys, their backgrounds, and their passion about helping you, the inventor. You can also give us a call at 800-849-1913, talk to one of our advisors, and if it’s a good fit, we’ll set you up with a consultation with one of our attorneys today. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold.

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Hiring a Law Firm vs Hiring a Single Attorney | FAQ

October 11, 2018 11:03 am

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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, I’m your host of the Bold Today Show, and I’m happy to be with you here today to give you that daily inspiration that you’re looking for. Today we’re talking about our frequently asked questions, this is an exciting part of the year for me to share with you some of those burning questions that we finally get to when we’re talking with inventors on the phone, or in a consultation, that they just almost are afraid to ask, but they really need to ask. And that question is, well, “What makes Bold Patents different than Law Firm XYZ downtown? And why would I want to work with you?” Right, what makes you guys different? And I sort of leap at this question, I want to answer it in so many different ways. One of my favorite ways to explain it is that we have a bold, broad network. They kind of look at me like, what do you mean, network? Well, what’s cool is that most of our inventors don’t realize when they get started with a patent, they’re starting a business. You know, they’re starting the foundation, they’re putting the technology together, in what will become a new product within a business entity. And so, in every single case that we work with an inventor that wants to grow a business, they need a lot of help, okay? And it’s not just going to be from a patent attorney. They need help from a business and corporate attorney. We have the network already built in. We have over 75 attorneys and law firms that we work closely with. We are their go-to, of-counsel patent attorneys. You can see this on our website at boldpatents.com. Go to Locations, and see our of-counsel network. This network of attorneys is basically yours, it’s a gift we’re giving to you, the inventor, the ability to be plugged in with groomed, qualified attorneys that can help you set up your business, take care of employment issues, licensing, transact and help you do mergers and acquisitions and someday, who knows, sell that company for millions of dollars. I’d love to be a part of that, and that’s why I built this broad network to support you, not just in getting that patent, but helping you reach your dreams toward monetization. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, and I hope this has been a great episode. If this has, please forward this to someone you know and care about by email. You can do that by liking or sharing on our social media pages, too. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold. 


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Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, I’m your host of the Bold Today Show, and I’m happy to be with you here today to give you that daily inspiration that you’re looking for. Today we’re talking about our frequently asked questions, this is an exciting part of the year for me to share with you some of those burning questions that we finally get to when we’re talking with inventors on the phone, or in a consultation, that they just almost are afraid to ask, but they really need to ask. And that question is, well, “What makes Bold Patents different than Law Firm XYZ downtown? And why would I want to work with you?” Right, what makes you guys different? And I sort of leap at this question, I want to answer it in so many different ways. One of my favorite ways to explain it is that we have a bold, broad network. They kind of look at me like, what do you mean, network? Well, what’s cool is that most of our inventors don’t realize when they get started with a patent, they’re starting a business. You know, they’re starting the foundation, they’re putting the technology together, in what will become a new product within a business entity. And so, in every single case that we work with an inventor that wants to grow a business, they need a lot of help, okay? And it’s not just going to be from a patent attorney. They need help from a business and corporate attorney. We have the network already built in. We have over 75 attorneys and law firms that we work closely with. We are their go-to, of-counsel patent attorneys. You can see this on our website at boldpatents.com. Go to Locations, and see our of-counsel network. This network of attorneys is basically yours, it’s a gift we’re giving to you, the inventor, the ability to be plugged in with groomed, qualified attorneys that can help you set up your business, take care of employment issues, licensing, transact and help you do mergers and acquisitions and someday, who knows, sell that company for millions of dollars. I’d love to be a part of that, and that’s why I built this broad network to support you, not just in getting that patent, but helping you reach your dreams toward monetization. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, and I hope this has been a great episode. If this has, please forward this to someone you know and care about by email. You can do that by liking or sharing on our social media pages, too. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold.


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Why Do I Need a Network? | FAQ

October 10, 2018 10:44 am

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Hey everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor or entrepreneur, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. We’re doing a little series on copyright law. This is all in regards to filling out and checking out our frequently asked questions, FAQs, up on our website at boldpatents.com. You can take a look at some of these questions we’ve gotten over the years, from inventors, creators just like you, covering lots of different subjects. We’ve given really clear-cut answers to those in written form, I’m just here giving them to you today in video, just to make sure we get the point addressed. The question comes up every now and again with regard to copyright, you know, “How long does it last?” Right, how long do I have rights for? And it’s pretty cool, as opposed to patent law--patent law, you only get twenty years from the date of filing. Copyright, the way the current statute is written, the author gets seventy years--right, 7-0 years--after their death. So, I mean, my goodness, that’s a long time, and so the drafters of law, Congress, wanted to award an artist. And they realized that, unfortunately, a lot of artists don’t end up seeing the monetization, the market adopting their art within their lifetime. And so, you might have heard a lot of famous artists, they may not even have known that they were ever famous before, until after they were gone. So they wanted to give those--that monetary gain to their heirs. That’s the idea of allowing seventy years after the death of the author. So that’s the answer, there’s more details on our website again at boldpatents.com. Check us out, we’re really known for doing patent law and intellectual property. What’s really cool is that when we work with our inventor clients, those that are starting new technologies, we help them with all of their IP rights, and we talk about trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets--so please take a look at that. There’s something in there for you, I know it. And if you want to take some more time and invest thirty minutes, we offer thirty minutes of our own time to speak with you at no cost, by booking a free, thirty minute consultation. You can do that today. You can also call in at 800-849-1913. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold. 


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Hey everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor or entrepreneur, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. We’re doing a little series on copyright law. This is all in regards to filling out and checking out our frequently asked questions, FAQs, up on our website at boldpatents.com. You can take a look at some of these questions we’ve gotten over the years, from inventors, creators just like you, covering lots of different subjects. We’ve given really clear-cut answers to those in written form, I’m just here giving them to you today in video, just to make sure we get the point addressed. The question comes up every now and again with regard to copyright, you know, “How long does it last?” Right, how long do I have rights for? And it’s pretty cool, as opposed to patent law--patent law, you only get twenty years from the date of filing. Copyright, the way the current statute is written, the author gets seventy years--right, 7-0 years--after their death. So, I mean, my goodness, that’s a long time, and so the drafters of law, Congress, wanted to award an artist. And they realized that, unfortunately, a lot of artists don’t end up seeing the monetization, the market adopting their art within their lifetime. And so, you might have heard a lot of famous artists, they may not even have known that they were ever famous before, until after they were gone. So they wanted to give those--that monetary gain to their heirs. That’s the idea of allowing seventy years after the death of the author. So that’s the answer, there’s more details on our website again at boldpatents.com. Check us out, we’re really known for doing patent law and intellectual property. What’s really cool is that when we work with our inventor clients, those that are starting new technologies, we help them with all of their IP rights, and we talk about trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets--so please take a look at that. There’s something in there for you, I know it. And if you want to take some more time and invest thirty minutes, we offer thirty minutes of our own time to speak with you at no cost, by booking a free, thirty minute consultation. You can do that today. You can also call in at 800-849-1913. I’m your host, J.D. Houvener, of the Bold Today Show. Go big. Go bold.


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How Long Will My Copyright Last? | FAQ

October 9, 2018 2:30 pm

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