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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Oftentimes, if two people are starting a business together, they have a pre-existing relationship; they may be close friends. I really put the relationship at the center of the planning and the advice. So, I’m certified in something called the conscious contracts method, which is, again, taking a relational lens and applying it to your operating agreement or founder co-founder agreement. Really asking them, “Hey, what are your shared mission, vision, values? What are you hoping to get out of this?” And also, “What is your conflict style? What’s going to happen if, down the road, the two of you are not seeing eye to eye on something? How are we going to work through that?” You can put things in their operating agreement and give them tools to help address that future possible conflict.

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