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The Inventors Network: Dedicated to bringing inventors together and sharing resources.
July 17th Meeting:

Intellectual Property and Patents can be extremely valuable tools, but can be very expensive with the cost range varying greatly.  At our June meeting, you will get these questions and more answered as our presenters incorporate both marketing and legal expertise to get the most out of your IP strategy: 
  1. Why some businesses want IP protection and some do not
  2. What are the various types of IP and where they can be effective
  3. How do you determine your IP needs
  4. How to understand and describe your invention for IP purposes.
  5. What can you expect to pay, and why can it be much more than you thought
  6. How to determine the potential of your idea before committing to IP expense
  7. When writing your own provisional patent application is useful
  8. Situations and areas where legal expense can be reduced
  9. Accessing reward potential vs expense risk
  10. How patents and IP are defended
Speaker Background: 
William Berggren.
Bill is a highly experienced Patent/IP specialist and patent holder.
His career includes more 25 years experience at The 3M Company, both as an Engineer and Corporate Attorney specializing in prosecuting both Patent and Trademark/Copyright IP legal cases.
Bill has been helping independent inventors.
Steve Lyon.
Steve comes to the inventor world with decades of experience in consumer marketing, merchandising and business ownership and has invented and licensed products into these areas.
He has been involved with Inventors Network and several national organizations.
He has a breath of knowledge concerning both the independent inventor and how products make it and succeed in the marketplace.
  1. Identify your biggest roadblocks in Developing and Marketing your Invention!  
  2. Get Help finding Resources, Experts and the Steps you need to move your Invention closer to Market.
  3. Ask your Questions and Get Answers from fellow inventors and resident Experts.
In these Workshop Groups, we will break Inventors into Small Teams, working together to help each member develop new possibilities to overcome challenges and find resources to advance their invention.  We are committed to help each inventor leave with at least one Next Step to building their invention!


Your Board Can Help You

Here at Inventor's Network we take pride in the concept of helping our members network with each other and we strive to create networking possibilities in the Inventor sphere.
Networking can be described as the gathering of individuals for the purpose of sharing ideas, concepts, experiences and advice as well as it being a mechanism to find answers to questions within the subject, in our case "Inventing."
Your Board of Directors encourages you to  seek connections within our organization to learn as well as share.


For general information, to inquire to be a speaker, or to join, email us at
Our board is available to answer your questions. You can contact them by clicking on their names below.

Jahn Stopperan, President
Creating Business Plans & Go-To-Market Strategies.
Sales & Distribution Channels.
Starting a Business Around Your Invention.
How to Get Momentum Going with Your Invention.
Steve Lyon, Past President
Taking products to market/licensing.
Avoiding mistakes & navigating problems.
How Inventors Network can help.

Mike DuMond, Vice President
Selling Your Invention:
HOW is it DIFFERENT than the Competitors?
        WHY Will Customers Buy It?
HOW Will You Sell It?
WHO Will Sell it?
Bill Berggren Esq., Treasurer
Protect the Intellectual Property of your invention.
Applying for Patent Protection.
Obtaining  Trademark Protection.
Provide NDAs for discussions outside of meetings.
Doug Lenz, Website Manager & Membership Secretary
Electromechanical Engineering & Design.
Manufacturing & Automation.
Entrepreneurship & Business Development.
Chris Polster, Secretary
Strategic business planning.
Strategic finance.
Digital marketing & networking.
Jim Smith, Board Member
Strategic business planning.
Upcoming Programs

Next Meeting


HOPKINS Community Center

Upcoming Meetings:   
  • July 17th  (2024)
How and When to Use Patents and Trademarks for your Inventions.
  • August 21st  (2024)
Brewery Tour. Details to follow.
  • September 18th  (2024)
Map to Meeting Location
Meetings are third Wednesday of each month starting at 6:00PM.
1001 HWY 7, Eisenhower Community Center (Just West of HWY 169), Hopkins MN 55305
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Present Your Invention
Would you like to present your invention at our monthly meeting?  Every month we offer our members 5-minute slots for them to present their invention to the group anyway they see fit.  We do suggest your idea be patented or patent pending first and you have discussed this with an attorney.  For more details click here.