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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hello, everyone! I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bolt Today’s Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, business owner, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. [Music]

Alright, we’re here answering frequently asked questions. This is one of my favorite series I do once a year. These are questions that crop up, and they’re a part of the time that we’re in with the technology that’s coming up lately. For example, blockchain, I love Supreme Court decisions that people see in the news, and depending on the season, we get different questions. But we usually try to take ones that come up again and again.

One that does seem to crop up is the belief that some inventors have that the patent attorney they choose to work with must have the same background technology-wise as their invention. It’s just wrong. I want to explain that right now. While it may help initially, what you might think is that they’re going to get your invention faster, what’s cool—I mean, the fascinating thing about patent law is that it’s better to not have the same background as the inventor.

Given, all patent attorneys, certainly all Bold Patents attorneys, have a background in sciences. It’s required to build a suit for the patent bar; you have to have a Bachelor of Science degree using engineering, mathematics, or science. So with that background, we are going to get your technology. And what’s so cool about not having the background in some very niche-specific area of your technology, whatever it is, is it allows us to ask all of those questions—some questions that an expert in that field might overlook and assume.

And what they’ll do if they make assumptions and they don’t ask you those simple questions is you might not actually get rights on those issues. And that might not be articulated clearly so that a layman, an examiner, would not be able to get it. So the value is in not having the same exact background as the inventor.

So, I’d love to talk with you more about this. There’s a ton more on our website to help you kind of explain the way we take a look at it and look at things a little bit differently. We want to help you take that bold step. And to do that, visit our website, There you can book your free consultation, and then we can take you to the next step and help you and your company make the right stuff. I’m J.D. Houvener with the Bold Today’s 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