Inventors Connecting with Inventors
Exciting September Session You Can't Miss

Marc Portney, American Entrepreneur, Investor and Business Advisor, will be in town September 18th for a special session and rare opportunity for local inventors.

Select members will be able to present their new product idea on stage to Marc and his team with the hope that they will want to license and produce it. 

Click here to learn more about this exciting session and how you can apply to be a presenter.

Inventors Network News
Who should attend:
  • Product Inventors
  • New Product Innovators/Entrepreneurs
  • New Business Startups
When: August 21, 6:00-8:00PM ((Networking 5:30-6:00 and 8:00-8:30)
Where: 1001 HWY 7, Eisenhower Community Center (Just West of HWY 169), Hopkins MN 55305
Cost: Members FREE. Visitors $15. (Cash/Check/CC at meeting)
Come and Learn: Learn what Intellectual Property (IP) Protection is available to project what makes your invention unique.  Bill Berggren, former IP Attorney and 3M Engineer, will present key information you need to consider when applying for Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets
1. Utility Patents, Design Patents and Provisional Patents:
  • WHAT these each protect and do not protect.
  • WHEN to Obtain each and when is too late.  
  • HOW is each is REVIEWED and APPROVED.
  • WHAT is the Cost of each.
  • WHAT You Need to Know About Recent Patent Law Changes
2. Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets.
  • WHEN and HOW to use each of these
  • HOW to Establish and Protect IP for TRADE SECRETS
Bunch of Balloons inventor Josh Malone was our speaker in November.  At that time we did a screening of the movie "Invalidated" that highlights his story.  This movie can also be viewed on Amazon Prime and Netflix.   Josh was just awarded 29 million in his patent infringement suit.  See link below for more information.
Go to this link to learn about Josh's organization, US Inventors, and to sign the Inventors Rights petition 
We appreciate you visiting and hope you enjoy the experience.  Whether you are already a member or just want to learn more about IN this is a great place to start.  
To learn more, please review the about us page along with speaker (both past and upcoming) information.  Please also note the time and location of our next meeting, which take place in the evening on the third Wednesday of each month.  
Attending a meeting(s) is by far the best way to learn more about IN and if we are a fit for you.  Our hope is you will find the speaker, program elements and the overall club / network experience to be a place where you can learn more about inventing, connect with others and learn some best practices for success. 

Upcoming Programs
Look for new inventors spotlight roundtables at our next meeting where individual inventors have the opportunity to share their inventions. Click here if you are interested in presenting your own. 
  • AUG 21: Learn the Hows & Whys of Patents, Trademarks, Copyights & Trade Secrets | Bill Berggren
  • SEPT 18: Present Your Invention On Stage to Marc Portney!
Club Information


Inventors Connecting With Inventors

Typically third Wednesday of each month.
Eisenhower Community Center
1001 MN-7
Hopkins, MN  55305
United States of America
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Meetings are third Wednesday of each month starting at 6:00PM.
Inventor Resources
Writing & Filing a Provisional Patent Application
Learn how to write & file a provisional patent application (PPA) after you've completed your preliminary patent search. 
Sept 10 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Click here to see the current list of inventor resources. View the Events calendar here
Present Your Invention
"Light Wraps" shown previously at an IN meeting
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.
IN Board Members
Inventors Network Board
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Steve Lyon (President)
Mike Du Mond (Vice President)
Bill Berggren (Treasurer)
Inventors Groups of America