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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everyone, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bowl today’s show where you get your daily inspiration so you can go make the world a better place. We’re doing a frequently asked questions spree here; we’ve been doing this now for a number of weeks and hope a lot of you have picked up on some of these answers to the questions that you might have been thinking about all along I might have been too afraid to ask.

So today we’re talking about a very near and dear subject of mine which is what is a patentability search right, what does that mean, what are you searching, what does it mean to be patentable. This is the heart of one of our core service offerings for every one of our inventor clients that we work with before we file the patent application. It is so important that we actually do the research to make sure that what the inventor has is indeed novel, non-obvious, and has utility, meaning we put ourselves in these shoes of the examiner to make sure that before we go through all the effort and money and time to put into a patent application that what we’re working on is truly something that we all believe in.

A patentability search does just that. It begins with the patent attorney looking at all the publications that are in that industry, all of the patent documents that cover the US and every other country in the world that we can find to build a look and make sure that the invention that is being brought before us by the client is actually the first of its kind. If there’s something else out there like it, we need to know because the claims that we’re gonna be able to write in the application may be limited. We may think the invention is this much; right, this much is brand-new, but we find a few references when we find other citations and publications that others have done in the past. So now the invention looks more like this right in the scope of rights is a little bit smaller. It’s a very important conversation that we have with each of our clients to discuss hey we can do this we can help you achieve a patent for this is this something you want to be able to go ahead with? Right, is that an investment worth going after?

So it’s a business decision that we sit down and work with our clients on one-on-one to make a really custom well-informed decision before moving forward. It’s a really one of my favorite offerings that we have, and it’s something I recommend for almost every single one of our clients before we get started in the patent process. If you have any more information or questions about patentability searches what’s entailed in the report would be happy to do that and a lot of it’s on our website. We’ve put a lot of effort into providing examples of what an example patent search opinion looks like and a lot more information about each category of invention and what the search report will actually entail. So if you go to bold patents com, you can see that right there and from that page if this is your first time talking with one of our attorneys, you can get it scheduled to have a 30-minute consultation with one of our patent attorneys at no charge, and you can give us a call as well.

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