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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show. Whether you’re an inventor, entrepreneur, or business owner, this is the place for you to get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. [Music] [Applause] [Music]

It’s my pleasure to be here with you, talking about the steps involved and the details on how to write and submit a patent application. This is step four, which is about deciding how to write the first version, the most basic version of your invention. It can be a little painful because as an inventor, you’re pumped up and excited about going to market with your hot prototype that you’ve spent a lot of time on with all the bells and whistles and interesting improvements over time. In this section, though, we need you to pare that back and describe the most basic, boring version of your invention. In other words, what is the least common denominator? What is the true requirement in your invention to get that functionality you’re trying to claim?

Strip off all those bells and whistles, the various versions, and special materials. Focus on the most basic, essential function that you’re looking to protect. Describe just that model. Take a look at the language here. We’re not going to spend a whole lot of time on this; it shouldn’t be that difficult. But we need to lay out the basic version of your invention.

If you have any questions on this, don’t hesitate to give us an email or a call. Check out our website at, and our email is at I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show. 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