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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Alright, so you’ve got that awesome idea. Now, what do you do? You’ve got to get a patent, of course. In order to protect that idea and ensure that you’re the only one able to make, use, and sell it, the US patent system has said yes. We will give you 20 years of monopoly and be the only player in the market if you file first. Don’t wait; it doesn’t matter who invents it first. What matters is who files it first.

Work with a patent attorney, get the research done, and the application written properly to get it done right now. Don’t do it yourself. I know there are lots of inventors out there, many tools you can use, and yes, it’s possible. But do you really want to spend your time learning a new area of law, getting mired in the legalese and the details? No, you should spend your time wisely, innovate, work on moving your technology forward, and grow your team to make a real impact in the market.

Secondly, investors love patents. They know it’s a tangible asset, an intellectual property asset on the books that they can count on and invest in, so they can trust your company even before it’s revenue-generating.

Last but not least, it’s your customers. Even if they’re still beta or testing your product, they know that you’re the only player in the market, the only one that can solve the problem they have right now. So, in order to have differentiation, patents are one of the major ways you can impress your customers. Move forward, file your patent first, and protect and move your vision idea to market.

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