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

Join Us for an Exciting Evening Competition and Expert Feedback. Watch selected inventors present their new product idea on stage to Marc and his team with the hope that they will want to license and produce it.  To be considered to present, email a brief product description no later than Sept 1, 2019 to:
Your application must include:
1. Description of Target Users (Who will buy your product)
2. List of Key User Benefits (Why will users buy your product)
3. List Ways your Product is Superior to Competitors
Come Learn:
• WHAT you need to know to present your product idea to investors
• HOW potential investors evaluate product ideas
• HOW to improve your own product ideas
About Marc Portney
Marc Portney has spent his career negotiating multimillion-dollar deals that have resulted in successful product launches in nearly every major retail chain in the US. As seen on HSN Network and All-American Makers, Marc is honest, insightful and always willing to make a deal if there’s money to be made for everyone. He is known for his no-nonsense, streetwise business sense, that gritty wit and get-it-done attitude leave nothing to the imagination and nothing on the table. 

Who should attend?
• Product Inventors
• New Product Innovators/Entrepreneurs
• New Business Startups
AUGUST 21, 2019

Learn the HOWS & WHYS of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets

Learn what Intellectual Property (IP) Protection is and how to protect your inventions. 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

William Berggren is a Patent/IP specialist and patent holder. Bill’s career experience includes 29 years as an Engineer, Inventor and Patent Liaison at 3M. Currently, Bill is an IP Attorney at Berggren Law LLC and leverages his product engineering expertise to help inventors apply/get patents and other IP.
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
There are 100's of trade shows throughout the US on limitless subjects but a few that may be of interest to our members - 
Electric Vehicle and Hybrid - Sept 10-12, Novi Michigan
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.
PLASTEC MINNEAPOLIS - combines four complementary industries — automation, medtech, packaging, and advanced design and manufacturing technology in the midwest!
Attend October 23-24, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center
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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