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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today’s Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, business owner, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place.


I’m happy to be here. This is our long series on frequently asked questions, and we’ve been hearing from some of you already in emails and comments on our social media, so thank you for that. Keep those coming. Today is the first frequently asked question, and it’s one of those questions like, oh my gosh, that’s so simple, but it’s, what is a patent? What’s a patent?

A patent is a federally backed security, a federally backed grant that comes from the USPTO, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and is given to an inventor for 20 years. It gives them the ability to prevent anyone else from making, using, selling, or importing into the United States about their invention. Right, the claims that they have gotten granted claimed, as we’ll talk about later, but confined, make up the actual words about what your invention is. And it puts in terms as far as what you’ve developed, what’s new in the world that you own individually, and you can be the only one in the world that is allowed to do it for a limited time.

This is because the government wants innovation. They want the country to be able to build on the shoulders of each other and keep on improving. So, by you being willing to do that and contribute your part, your knowledge to the government, to the world, publicize it, they want to reward you for that. And so, the patent is the reward for you sharing your innovation, your knowledge with the world.

So, if you have any questions about patents, the foundational principles of what is a patent, if you have any additional follow-ups, please put those in the comments below. I want to hear about that. And again, please forward this series to anyone you think is gonna be interested. We’re covering a lot of the basics, a lot of the core fundamental questions that I think almost everyone has and maybe they’re just too afraid to ask. Just this in the next three weeks, so I’m excited to be here to share that with you. I’m your host J.D. Houvener of the Bold Today’s Show. Have a great day, everybody. 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