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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Um, but really, the stories about him. He used to cut my hair, and I used to hate his haircuts. Uh, he’d just give me buzz cuts, and, uh, I got sick of it by the time I was 13. So I was like, uh, I’m not gonna let you cut my hair. Let me try and cut my own hair. And as a 13-year-old cutting your own hair is not going to be highly successful. I ended up with, like, pushing back my hairlines and ending up with cheetah spots on my head. Actually, I still wear hats because I still have a complex about how I used to mess up my hair.

But what I realized, the hardest part about cutting the hair, was to get those precision lines and detailing down. And I kept pushing back my hairline. So, I created a template stencil tool to put against my head to cut my hair. And, uh, my hairlines and edge-ups ended up being near barber quality. And I used this tool for like 15 years. And that tool ended up being what the company’s built on, the Cut Buddy shaping tool.

Now, um, but I sat on this invention for 15 years, didn’t really know that I had anything until my wife pushed me to, uh, kind of show up for my life. I was content with my job and stuff, but she knew that I could do bigger and better things. So.

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