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Tara Roskell, The Idea Medic interviews helps you build your idea muscle with fresh inspiration from entrepreneurs and creatives who share their ideas and creativity. 

Jul 14, 2017

Today's episode features US patent attorney JD Houvener, from the virtual boutique law firm Bold IP. He works with inventors and business owners, artists and authors. After starting his career in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the aircraft manufacturer, JD he went to business school and was then inspired to become a patent attorney. So he went to law school and eventually opened his own practice, Bold IP. He has 3 ideas and inventions pending patent registration himself. One is a new business structure for law firms, and the other two—a baby seat invention and a helmet protection device—have been inspired by his experience of being a parent of young children. JD covers both sides of the intellectual property experience, both as the inventor himself and as the legal mind involved in protecting IP.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the four main types of IP protection
  • Why you should apply for copyright and/or trademark registration
  • What creatives can do to check that they’re not infringing on another’s intellectual property rights
  • All about patents
  • Options for monetizing your IP through licensing
  • What to do if you’ve been infringed
  • How to protect yourself and your creations