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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Theoretically, I might be able to split the patent into three patterns for each of the three plastics it can be applied to. Is that advisable, or should I just patent all three in one patent? Well, you know, of course, my hunch is that you’re going to protect those three different plastics in one invention. If what you come up with is detecting the breakdown of plastics in general and you’ve got three different types of applications of that system or method or process that is going to be applicable to certainly those three and maybe there’s more. So, the common denominator, whatever that secret process or method or detection is in those plastics, that process can be applied to many different materials and maybe even beyond plastics. I think doing, make sure you do quality research up front to make sure that you’re thinking about all different ways it could be applied, all different types of plastics that your method might be useful for, and claiming all of them in one.

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