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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

so this Ocean Gate scandal is just awful right we’ve all heard about it but do you know they’re getting sued right now on top of it all I want to take a deeper look at the technical aspects and what they actually found and discovered in their patents I’m JD Houvener owner founder here at bold patents law firm and I’m gonna take a deep dive no pun intended into Ocean Gate Incorporated based in Woodinville Washington actually hometown of where I’m at and where I’m from Seattle go UW I want to look at this inventor this wild unabashed just Pioneer Mr Stockton rush so little did you guys know of course the whole company is getting sued right now this has been awful you know fatalities as you may know this this submarine went down to go try to gather information about the Titanic 3500 meters down to the bottom of the ocean to gather information to explore uh and try to gather what happened to the Titanic this wild inventor was just ignoring a lot of major concern from the scientific Community about the structure and integrity of the submersible vessel and um you know unfortunately led to his death but I wanted to talk about the the patents so there are four patents that Ocean Gate owns that Stockton Rush was the inventor on and he assigned to Ocean Gate um so let’s go through those four four patterns and try to explore sort of this adventure this discovery process that Ocean Gate had been on in the past 10 years and so going back to 2013 one of this earliest inventions that was filed you can see here is um one related to a platform and you can see the pictures here it’s for a aquatic platform I mean this was a true Vision to try to bring up chunks of the Titanic up out of the water using this you know system of cables and platform in order to make it stable so there’s a second pattern out there as well that was issued a few years later where this inventor had actually not just found a way to have a platform that’s able to be raised and lowered all the way from the ocean floor but do so to where it’s actually going to remain level and he does that by having pressurized Chambers and releasing of gas throughout the whole vessel so it’s a pressured platform and it’s controlled by these um you know I think it’s under 300 PSI pressure containers so that they will maintain that that exact attitude they need so it doesn’t fall off as the as it’s raising and lowering but the most interesting pattern I want to look at today yeah this is the fourth pattern this was the latest one that they had issued they just issued to like two years ago this one is for monitoring composite structure of aquatic vessels and as the the news has come out over the past couple weeks there was there is evidence that there was an implosion okay and implosion as opposed to an explosion is when there is so much pressure like there is at the bottom of the ocean at that at that depth that the vessel came in on itself right it crushed now this patent right this patent actually was intended to signal to monitor the Integrity of a composite structure in environments just like this so it’s it’s in a wild way the inventor knew or had discovered already invented this way of monitoring and identifying when there was going to be a problem when too much pressure too much you know um you call it centrifugal or whatever that force would be in in that and around that cylinder to where the composite structure in a plastic structure is not going to build a hole it’s going to break there’s going to be some uh additional stretching or fatigue whatever that that failure mode might be um and so this this claim here goes on to to talk about this monitoring uh the Integrity this exact formula you can see the mathematical equation um it’s just it is it is to me super sad that you know there’s this this massive Discovery and this Innovation and yet there were some things that happened we don’t all understand may never know as to what actually happened at the bottom of the ocean I mean there’s so much pressure right in fact I saw one article that said that there’s as much pressure at that depth at 3 500 meters that it’s like the Eiffel Tower the weight of the Eiffel Tower being pushed on that little tiny muscle so um incredible off you know highs and lows I just wanted to highlight some of the inspiration some of the Innovations that Stockton Rush had put into the world and it’s still obviously a part of the public domain and are going to go on whether Ocean Gate survives these lawsuits or not I think it’s incredible what this inventor has done you can say what you want about whether it was way too risky and certainly I think there’s there’s some Merit there with respect to other people’s lives in that bezel but I’ll leave that to you to judge for yourself so from for both patents here and I’m I’m always inspiring innovation no matter what situation it comes in so I want you to take away from this not that it was a complete utter failure but there are still some very amazing things that are going to carry on in Stockton Russia’s Legacy and Ocean Gate as well all right take care everybody have a good rest of your day go big go bold

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