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J.D. Houvener

J.D. Houvener

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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 a unique perspective to their patent needs. J.D. works with clients that are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patent in the market. His background in business and experience as an engineer and patent attorney empowers him to clearly communicate to a broad range of clients about their immediate and long-term needs for patenting in order to protect assets, leverage opportunities, and limit liabilities. Some key areas of the patent prosecution practice are: patentability searches, patent applications, office actions, infringement opinions, post-grant actions and consultation on patent strategy and portfolio management. J.D.’s passion for business and technology started well before he began his legal career. J.D. worked as an engineer at Boeing for nearly 10 years. J.D. spent his time at Boeing in payloads design, regulatory compliance, systems integration and project management on the new 787 airplane. J.D. brings this experience earned at the cutting edge of technology to his clients by recognizing the complexities and subtleties of the problems being solved today. Academically, J.D. has earned a law degree and an MBA from Seattle University. J.D. earned his law degree in the evening program, while working full-time at Boeing. He focused his coursework on intellectual property law and clinic courses where he applied his newfound knowledge to help small businesses.

Practice Areas
  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks
  • Business Law
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  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal Circuit
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Vietnamese
Professional Experience
Systems Engineer
- Current
Design, Integration and Certification of Commercial Jet Liners.
Seattle University
J.D. / Intellectual Property (2014)
Activities: IP Society - Secretary
Seattle University
MBA / Entreprenuership & Business Finance (2010)
University of Washington - Bothell campus
B.S. / Industrial & Systems Engineering (2007)
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Professional Associations
Washington State Bar Association # 48159
Speaking Engagements
Legal Workshop for Small Businesses, Legal Workshop for Small Businesses, Townsquared, Seattle, WA
IP experts cover what you should know about: - Legal contracts - Opening additional locations - Management issues - Employee disputes - Agency audits and investigations - Intellectual Property issues – copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets
Professional Engineer License; #48930
Washington State
Registered Patent Attorney; #72087
American Bar Association; #48159
American Bar Association
Washington State Bar; #48159
Washington State Bar
King County Bar Association; #49613
King County Bar Association
Federal Bar Admission; Western District of Washington; 10/30/2015
Federal Bar Admission
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. Based on the "All Elements Rule" How do I draft an independent claim to prevent designing around my patent?
A: There are a lot of things you may not be considering here. Have you done a prior art search? Is your specification enabling? Claim drafting is a true art - akin to a Dentist filling a cavity, a Doctor casting a broken bone, a CPA filling out a detailed depreciation schedule. Hire a patent attorney! :)
Q. Is it possible to get a patent on an anti-gravity propulsion device without the United States government taking it away?
A: Yes it is possible! The government (I believe it is the DoD) would screen the application (as they do all applications) for any technology that could threaten security/safety of the public. Given your brief description, it doesn't seem to fall into that category. That said, even if there were a restriction on filing, it by no means would prevent you from getting a patent on it...and likely profiting from its sale/license to the government! Cheers! J.D. Houvener Founder, Bold IP Free 30-Min Consultation:
Q. Can I file a US Patent for a product being sold in a foreign country?
A: Yes, you may! As long as you are the inventor and the product has only been sold to the public for less than one year. The public sale will likely preclude you from having protection in some countries outside the US, as many European countries are what's called "absolute novelty" countries, where they require that the invention never have been disclosed to the public. There will be many things to consider as you move down the path of filing. I heartily recommend you seek the counsel of a Registered Patent Attorney.
Q. Does mailing a copy of original work to yourself give you any copyright protection?
A: Will Blackton is spot on. You don't get anything for mailing yourself a letter - save yourself the stamp! You actually have legal and enforceable copyright protection on any creative expression as long as it is fixed in a tangible means. So as long as you put pen to paper, keyboard to digitally stored file, music on a track or paint to canvas, you have protection. To further fortify and enable enforcement of your creative work to prevent others from infringing your copyright, it is helpful to register it with the Library of Congress. While you can do this on your own, many artists choose to have an attorney handle the copyright application to make sure everything is done right.
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