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On all fronts, Bold IP and specifically, Greg, has helped answer any and all questions, helping to navigate all things IP related. They help simplify the process all the way. I will be working with them again, and suggesting their services to anyone looking for legal advice and counsel on intellectual property.

Louis Bolivar of San Rafael, CA

"​​Wow, you guys work late! I was just about to send Maegan an email, so you must be reading my mind! I wanted to tell you and her thank you so much for scheduling the consultation with John and for sending me all the awesome and informative material. I was pleasantly surprised to receive your book in the mail and via email along with the helpful charts, and I felt well-informed about patents and the application process after reviewing all the materials. John was also very helpful in our 30-minute consultation today and I appreciated his kindness and expertise."

Christina Moldovan of Loma Linda, CA​

“The associates at Bold are professionals to the core. Their knowledge and experience are expansive as well as trustworthy. Their services in helping me file a trademark for my business have been outstanding and I will definitely refer their firm to family, friends and associates.”

Anthony Rael of Edmonds, WA

“J.D. helped my startup file a provisional patent over 4 months. We ended up with something large and robust. His coaching, responsiveness, and knowledge of patent nuance encouraged me to push through the dark times of writing a patent. In the end, having a patent will be worth it, and J.D. helped make the process worth it.”

Benjamin Z. of Seattle, WA

“Amazing quick service from John Houvener, wrote up a great letter which resolved an issue in my business within days. Will refer and continue to use there services any time.”

Renee K. of Northridge, CA

“JD is an EXCELLENT patent attorney. I am speaking from the lens of having seen the dedication and work that he puts into making sure that his practice functions as a well-oiled machine designed to produce results for his clients. You are in great hands here. I would gladly recommend a friend or family member to these guys!”

Pete M. of Southlake, TX

“Maegan is fantastic- so wonderful to talk to a friendly person that can be so helpful with getting what I need. Love that English is her native language as well and that she can explain the process I am starting and client confidentiality agreements.”

Jen B. of Edmonds, WA

“Very good initial communications. I had many questions as it was my first time hiring for this type of service and JD patiently went through all the information for me. I then hired JD to conduct the patent search. I heard from him 3 weeks later with a full and final report. Very good services, but an interim communication or update during the 3 weeks I waited, would have been appreciated. He also went over the final report with me and was very helpful in an assessment of my next steps.”

Cathy B. of West Hartford, CT

“J.D. helped me with two office actions before the USPTO on my patent on a chemical mixing method and apparatus. J.D. was successfully able to amend the claims and argue with the examiners to achieve a patent that will be issuing later this month.”

Yury S. of Boston, MA

“Our company hired Mr. Houvener to clarify disclosure protections, and we found him efficient, knowledgeable, a good listener and able to craft exactly what we needed....in addition to coming in before deadlines. He delivered exactly what we hired an expert to do.”

Stuart H. of Seattle, WA

“Thanks JD and the Team” – “J.D. helped my startup file a non-provisional patent in 3 months. The communication is smooth. The process and the schedule were always crystal clear to us so we know what to expect and how to plan. We had several iterations and we landed on a very solid outcome. I am thrilled with the service and the result.”

Yuan-Chou C. of Bellevue, WA

“Professional and Dedicated” – “I found JD's work to be very helpful to our organization. He listened carefully to our needs and asked specific questions to help support our efforts. He quickly understood our platform and developed and efficient course of action to help us accomplish our goals. His opinion and advice has been invaluable to our work and we highly recommend his services.”

Enrique V. Of San Francisco, CA

“Superior Service” – “I have worked with Mr. Houvener on an idea I had for a patent, and we have reached the provisional application stage as a team. He is very easy to work with, exceptionally patient and displays remarkable perception in quickly grasping the technical nuance of an idea. The "get it" force is strong in this one. I would recommend anyone considering a patent speak with JD before you go anywhere else!”

Iain P. of Renton, WA

“JD helped our small mobile app business register a trademark with the USPTO. He maintained regular contact via email and answered questions we had about potential classifications and clarified issues we had understanding international classes. JD provided us with an inviting environment to learn more about the otherwise confusing world of trademark applications. I look forward to seeing JD grow in the trademark field...”

Peter M. of New York, NY

“Pure Excellence” – “J.D. did a great job for us. We almost lost our patent opportunity due to mismanagement by our former attorney. J.D. took over our case and got the job done. His communication was clear and understandable, his technical expertise made the process easy and his tenacity and strong work ethic got the job done. We got our patent and we could not be more pleased.”

Tom L. of Seattle, WA

"I consulted with J.D. on a copyright issue. After a review of my situation, J.D .provided me with a sensible and feasible solution. He explained my liabilities and suggested a reasonable response which happened to result in a successful conclusion to the issue. I would not hesitate to consult him on another legal problem."
Randi Jensen**, MA, LMHC, CCDC, CEO, Jensen Suicide Prevention, Inc., Professional Speaker and author of "Just Because You're Suicidal Doesn't Mean You're Crazy: the Psychobiology of Suicide"

(Client Story)

Co-drafted provisional software invention with visionary leader, Rodger and an entrepreneurial team of software developers and business minds. We worked with Ben and the team at the same time as they were working tirelessly on their app which was to be launched on Android and IPhone markets. Our team, by flexibly working nights and weekends, was able to influence Ben to help him understand the importance of patent protection in this area of the market. We coached him to prioritize the patent application above all else. After he understood the prioritization, he understood and explained to his team that all of the effort that his team was working on in developing the app might be for naught if the IP was not in place to assure competitive advantage. We armed Ben with the answers he was sure to receive from his team on such a decision and held meetings with the entire team to completely flesh out the software functions. After leading the team in a handful of focused efforts to draft the invention they all were working on, we were able to put together a very comprehensive, easy to understand computer implemented business method.

Bold IP Co-Develops Elite Intellectual Property Solutions (Client Story)

Bold IP came on the scene with Edgar, an entrepreneur and inventor of a mechanical steering device for boats. Bold IP was faced with responding to the examiner at the USPTO after they had rejected all of the claims that the previous firm and Edgar had written. The rejections pointed to older mechanical devices that arguably do the same thing just in a slightly different way, and also pointed to popular and well known outboard engine manufacturers and the devices that are sold aftermarket to attach to those engines. Because these rejections seemed pretty broad, Bold IP decided to work directly with the examiner on understanding just what exactly about our client’s device we could both agree was unique. When finally on the phone with the examiner, the guards went down, the adversarial nature went away and all of a sudden we were just two professionals trying to work together to move the application through to allowance. In just 15 or so minutes, our team had agreed to let go the idea of having a complete electronic control device. Soon after that, the examiner was willing to concede that the control device’s compactness, ability to rotate about its hinge and deliver input signals to an outboard motor were among the most unique features. These two features (as we knew) were the two main features that Mike (our client) wanted to secure.

Bold IP Provides Strong Representation before the USPTO (Client Story)

One of our firm’s first clients, Bob, had developed an idea for a new disposable toothbrush. Aside from the unique shape of the brush, a main innovation was the combination of a toothbrush with a small “interdental” (a brush that goes between teeth). After talking with the client and getting some initial sketches worked up – it was clear, the client had not decided how the interdental was to be affixed/attached to the toothbrush. Without being prompted, our firm took the initiative to provide the client with some potential embodiments which included a compact drawer to put an interdental, a friction-fit mount, and a swivel fitting. Immediately, the client gravitated toward the friction-fit mount, where the interdental could be pressed into the body of the toothbrush! The client ran with our idea and within a week, sent us professional sketches which we then sent to our professional drafter to get them looking perfect.

Bold IP Co-Develops Competitive Advantage (Client Story)

Serving clients all around the country, Bold IP often serves clients who were born overseas and are English language learners. When Bold IP took on James as a client, we knew language was going to be an initial challenge. His native tongue is French, and his English was understandable, but difficult – especially through email or over the phone. To provide our attorneys the best chance to understand him and his invention, we made it policy that we only have meetings in-person with him. After initiating this policy, a lot of struggle went away, no more 2 or 3 emails back and forth between client and attorney to understand what was said – simply a sketch or body language or lip reading was all that was needed. The client was able to articulate his invention in a matter of 2 in-person meetings and we got the provisional application filed.

Bold IP is Client-Centered (Client Story)

Along with legal advice, Bold IP delivers solid business counsel as well. Our client Bill, who had an idea for a new exercise bicycle worked closely with our team to develop a well-written specification and drawings for a provisional patent application. The package was submitted to the USPTO and allowed Bill to share the idea with 3rd party manufacturers to see if his invention could be built the way he had envisioned so that he could run some tests on it. Unlike most law firms, Bold IP was willing to step out of the role of the traditional attorney and offer assistance to Bill to reach out to potential welders and fabricators of exercise bicycles to help him get competitive bids for doing this prototyping. After doing some initial analysis for pricing and level of effort, Bold IP attorneys were able to find a welder that was willing to do a short turn around for a reasonable rate. Bill then contacted the welding shop and was able to get his first working prototype.

Bold IP attorneys are Business Advocates (Client Story)

Very good initial communications. I had many questions as it was my first time hiring for this type of service and JD patiently went through all the information for me. I then hired JD to conduct the patent search. I heard from him 3 weeks later with a full and final report. Very good services, but an interim communication or update during the 3 weeks I waited, would have been appreciated. He also went over the final report with me and was very helpful in an assessment of my next steps.

5.0 stars on May 18, 2016 - "patent search services"

Our company hired Mr. Houvener to clarify disclosure protections, and we found him efficient, knowledgeable, a good listener and able to craft exactly what we needed....in addition to coming in before deadlines. He delivered exactly what we hired an expert to do.

5.0 stars on May 10, 2016 - "J.D. Houvener review"

J.D. helped my startup file a non-provisional patent in 3 months. The communication is smooth. The process and the schedule were always crystal clear to us so we know what to expect and how to plan. We had several iterations and we landed on a very solid outcome. I am thrilled with the service and the result.

5.0 stars on March 5, 2016 - "Thanks J.D. and the team"

J.D. helped my startup file a provisional patent over 4 months. We ended up with something large and robust. His coaching, responsiveness, and knowledge of patent nuance encouraged me to push through the dark times of writing a patent. In the end, having a patent will be worth it, and J.D. helped make the process worth it.

5.0 stars on July 14, 2015 - "Thorough"

I've worked with three different attorneys on my project. It has been so easy to work with JD. He stepped in in the middle, easily communicated with me. Gave me the information I needed and made me feel very comfortable trusting him to guide me through the patent process. He set a very reasonable timeline and delivered. I highly recommend working with him.

5.0 stars on April 15, 2015 - "Excellent Service - Very Knowledgable"

J.D. helped me with two office actions before the USPTO on my patent on a chemical mixing method and apparatus. J.D. was successfully able to amend the claims and argue with the examiners to achieve a patent that will be issuing later this month.

5.0 stars on April 14, 2015 - "Individual inventor"

JD helped our small mobile app business register a trademark with the USPTO. He maintained regular contact via email and answered questions we had about potential classifications and clarified issues we had understanding international classes. JD provided us with an inviting environment to learn more about the otherwise confusing world of trademark applications. I look forward to seeing JD grow in the trademark field as he works with future clients. I would recommend future clients to JD if they are looking to work with a dedicated and approachable lawyer.

5.0 stars on April 10, 2015 - "Great Trademark Experience with JD"

JD did a great job with our PPA, providing detailed guidance for a collaborative writing process that made good use of everyone's time and produced good results. He was also incredibly responsive, working outside normal business hours to ensure we made our deadline.

4.0 stars on April 7, 2015 - "Great job on PPA"

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