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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

We understand that for a lot of inventors who have been holding on, anxious about what they’ve come up with, excited but not sure about how to move forward, you do. We understand there’s this major hurdle of trusting someone or a company with your precious baby or your invention. So that is kind of what this can be, right? Just taking that first step, clicking a link, talking with a law firm. So, you know, we know that’s a big step, and we want to applaud you.

So there is a step zero, okay? And one of the hardest parts can be just getting that initial inertia right, moving forward. Moving in almost any direction can help propel you forward. So we want to make that as easy as possible. And so step 0 is taking action, trusting a law firm, an attorney, with your invention. Know that we have an ethical obligation as patent attorneys before the USPTO, as well as our state bars, to keep everything you share with us confidential. That’s not true with, say, an invention promotion company, a consulting company, a design firm. They just don’t have those ethical obligations. So if you’re going to trust someone, trust an attorney, right? At least, even if you don’t end up hiring them, speak with them, see what the process is like, and decide to move forward. So taking that first trust step, right, that taking action step, we call that part of the process too.

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