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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

All right guys a little background on JD so JD is a registered patent attorney um he has an undergrad degree in industrial engineering from the University of Washington uh and his MBA and Juris doctorate from Seattle University has a huge passion for helping inventors specifically first-time startups and new entrepreneurs and guys what I can tell you is from having had giant uh from having had him as a client for the past I don’t know Jenny what’s it been about six months give or take I can truly tell you guys that just watching how he works with all the individuals regardless of what level regardless of experience uh he is just he is just a very down-to-earth caring kind of dude right so in terms of that I can promise you you guys probably will feel a little fire hosed over the next five days that’s totally normal and completely okay all right in that case that is what our VIP section afterward is after four specifically so that way you guys uh can ask those questions you can get your questions answered and and then ultimately for those of you saying like hey I don’t know what direction to go at the end of this you probably buy like Wednesday we’re going to show you just a little behind the scenes and for those of you that raise your hand and say you know what that’d be really cool to do this with JD I would love that you guys will have that opportunity as well um all right so JD I want to bring you to the stage man let’s bring us front and center and let’s talk about some some invention stuff how’s that sound that sounds great let’s jump into it all right uh cool so guys in your workbook by the way when you pull that up we are officially over on page one uh for the foundation and validation so uh JD tell us a little bit about your background man just real quick like what got you even into this whole crazy inventor space like why do you do what you do yeah I mean I I was first inspired I think by many of you um by Shark Tank Shark Tank was like the the inspiration had to be I was at Boeing working uh it’s at 77 on the Dreamliner as an engineer and I was thinking how am I going to own my own business I want to do something and impact the world in a way and I just come alive watching this TV program come on and they mentioned we have a new product or a new device or Gadget you know do you have a patent on that and I was like put us in me what do they keep asking about patents for why is that so important to these investors when they’re talking about making a business work and I dug into it and sure enough to become a patent attorney you’ve got to have an engineering background a science background I was like hey I’ve got that that’s pretty cool yeah that started my journey I’m gonna do this and so I shipped away at evening law school until I got past the uh got my past the bar and decided to open up my own practice on the side and launched it from there so that’s awesome that’s awesome man um real quick any uh give me a little thumb up emoji anyone a fan of Shark Tank little little Kevin Harrington Mr Wonderful everybody says I should go on Shark Tank and I’m like no thanks there you go hey man I know some people love it um you know other people just they love to watch it okay so Judy you’re in good company man A lot of people are loving us some Shark Tank awesome yeah it’s fun and in fact we actually did a quick little plug I have a YouTube channel uh we do a weekly we call our bold bite so if you haven’t seen that go to Apple patents you can check out uh Matt and I we do a critique on their pitches and we go look it up to see if they actually do have a patent some of these folks are liars right they say they’re patent pending or they say they’ve got a patent and they really don’t or it’s something else so yeah cool side note so and I know you know you’ve got your own story on how you like even got into this um I want to talk about you know so there’s a lot of folks in here I think at a lot of different levels and when I asked before anywhere from like you know one to three somewhere around a two um so I want to talk about some of the journeys as you’ve been doing this now for how how many years now it’s 10 years this is it yeah okay so so you have some experience right so like you know you’ve seen a sort of like the good the bad the ugly the amazing um you know the people that are just kind of like totally start from scratch is there anyone in particular that kind of like comes to mind that you know maybe when they first started they’re like oh I think I’ve kind of got this idea and then you work with them massaged it and then like something cool has come out of it yeah there’s a lot you know and what’s interesting is as this premise evolved of course at the beginning I was doing all the work right Hands-On with all these clients in the past four or five years I’ve actually stepped away from doing the Hands-On writing the application I get to see and cheer on and you know work with our other attorneys that are better than me now but when I was working with the inventors one-on-one personally um someone just popped my head when you said that was YC Chen um with from Lubin lubn lubinbox when he was it was just him right he’s the inventor the founder before he even informed a company and he had invented a Smart Lock Box it’s not that out of the box crazy but it involves your phone and uh owners of Airbnb around the world can use this to have a Smart Lock Box and can give access remotely using their computer using the software and he invented a new way a new system the software platform that made that possible along with the design of the Box itself so I just uh but it took dog determination right he had to go through two or three or four manufacturers and just stay so motivated and intense intensely focused you’ll probably hear that again as I mentioned um you know what it takes to truly be successful and um and he’s he’s definitely who comes to mind what so why was he so motivated well I mean you got to say money is part of it okay sure um you know and he’s got a young family it’s like there’s sort of that inherent yeah I need to make a living for my family but there’s there’s also that that sort of play and that I I wanna I wanna enjoy and have fun in what I’m doing and creating that uh that kind of keeps it going when things might have gotten boring in sort of another job this is what he plays in right this is his passion is is coming up with something new and Innovative and so it’s found that that amazing you know that point in your career where you’re like I’m enjoying doing what I’m doing for work that’s how I have to go and you know disconnect or whatever or you know uh you’re doing this for fun so yeah it’s not like a a gruesome you know kind of like like oh my God I have to do this kind of thing

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