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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder


Hi everyone I’m JD Hoover the Managing Partner here at bold patents law firm and I’m here to help you answer the key question that we get from all inventors and probably those of you out there thinking about this what is the process how do I get my idea patented well I’m here to tell you just to introduce this keep it pretty high level that you got to be careful with what you say I hear it a lot I’ve got an idea for this oh I just got this amazing idea you’ve got it here JD and I usually kind of cringe a little bit because I hear idea and I think gosh you know maybe they haven’t thought it through as much as they should have the key to understanding the patent process starts with step one which is understanding the difference between an idea and an invention all right ideas are not patentable inventions are okay so what’s the difference well ideas are just that there are things that people think about every day probably all the time and it could be fleeting thoughts ideas or conceptions that they start seeing a perhaps a solution maybe after they’ve kind of gone through the you know being personal experiencing some problems around the house or whether it were or trying to solve a problem at or you know that they’re working on in a business that they’re in and they’ve got some solution but they really haven’t done much more than conceptualize it okay now that is close but that really is just the beginning of what will be an invention an invention is right what’s Pat about is an idea that’s been fully expressed and you’ve been able to describe it such that you could make it and bring it about in the physical world so it’s a big difference right I mean going from sort of this pie-in-the-sky light bulb moment to actually be able to articulate through words and most importantly through a written description and drawings so that someone like you out there in the world could take that drawing could take the written description that you have and go make your invention and bring it to life that’s the big difference between an idea and an invention I always try to get inventors to do and I sit down with them initially this kind of pull the invention out right usually it’s kind of a quick one line or hey here’s my invention here’s what it is and we need to just take a minute I need you to really make sure that you’ve thought this through what kinds of materials how would this fit into other apparatus or how would this fit into the human hands how would you actually communicate with this device with the computer with a network you can’t just assume certain things are in place unfortunately that mutually means that you haven’t yeah we’ve worked it all the way out and you aren’t yet at the invention stage now just because you’re at the idea stage doesn’t mean you should stay within your own realm please reach out to us we love working with inventors and helping them with this process of moving from an idea to an invention and it takes a bold inventor like you to go make that call go to our website at bold patents calm or give us our phone call at 818 191 3 we’re one step away one communication away from getting you started on this process we are really big proponents of education we have a book that we give away I wrote it just a couple years ago called bold ideas the inventors guide to patents so this is the first step of the process understanding where you are with your idea and bringing it to what will become an invention I’m your host JD who Vernor of the bold Today Show go big go bolt

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