June 19th, 6:00pm   -  Evaluate your ideas BEFORE you prototype
SPEAKER #1:  Ron Johansson
 COME AND LEARN:  How to EVALUATE Your Ideas BEFORE you spend money on Prototyping or Patenting.   Ron spent his career participating/leading product design/evaluation and leading engineering and product development teams at 3M.  Including New Product Development. Ron will present a “Flow Chart” of steps to Protect your Intellectual Property, while minimizing costs.  LEARN:
  1. Ways to improve/develop your invention/idea
  2. HOW to EVALUATE Your Idea BEFORE spending money
  3. CRITERIA to EVALUATE to move ahead or set your ideas aside and work on other ideas
  4. WHAT Actions to take before filing a Provisional Patent Application (PPA)
  5. WHAT Actions to take before applying for Utility patent application
Speaker #2:  Atul Patel
COME AND LEARN:   Atul Patel, a product manager and former engineer who has handled licensing of numerous external inventor ideas, will share his experience  on the best ways inventors can present and approach companies with their licensing invention ideas.
  1. HOW and WHY companies decide to license outside invention
  2. HOW to make your initial and follow up contacts work better to improve your chances
  3. HOW your idea will be evaluated and considered internally
  4. WHY your invention will need to support a much higher retail price than you think: The COST Realities of manufacturers.
  5. WHY even the best product ideas may never be produced through licensing
Do you know we have 100's of Invention books? Ask at the sign in desk to see our library! 
Inventor Update by Marj Weir, Board member of IN
Are you interested in providing comments on the participation of women, minorities, and veterans in entrepreneurship activities and the patent system? The USPTO is preparing a study on this subject, as required by the 2018 Study of Underrepresented Classes Chasing Engineering and Science (SUCCESS) Act. 
Date was changed to June 18th, so if you have comments you would like to add, please do so through their site or contact me by the 17th! 
Are you an independent inventor, entrepreneur, small business owner,
or intellectual property (IP) professional? 
If so, join us for Invention-Con 2019, a free two-day annual conference on Friday and Saturday, September 13 – 14, 2019 at our headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. 

This year’s theme is “Leveraging Your Intellectual Property in the Marketplace.”
You’ll have the chance to: 
  • Learn directly from successful inventors, entrepreneurs, and business owners 
  • Attend a variety of lecture sessions and workshops 
  • Network with other attendees and presenters 
  • Hear from senior USPTO officials and other IP experts 
Pre-Conference Workshops will be available on Thursday, September 12 and require a separate registration and more information will be provided by email once details are confirmed.
For more information, email us at or call 571-272-8033.
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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