San Diego Inventors Forum
April 2017

Welcome inventors, innovators and creators!! 
Last month we welcomed Enventys Partners and Edison Nation CEO, Louis Foreman
Louis presented "You have a great idea, what's next?" An excellent A-Z overview! 

Joining Louis was Enventys Partners President Roy Morejon who spoke to the efficacy of crowdfunding as a means to get a new product to market. What an amazing track record!! 
 Our Inventor of the Month last month was serial entrepreneur Josh Rifkin.  
 Josh presented Scratch N' Squeak which went on to close its Kickstarter campaign in 1 week!
 Congratulations Josh!!  

This month Ill present the "20 Mistakes Inventors Make."    
30+ years as a new product developer (300+) has taught me a lot!
Ill share these hard learned lessons in hopes you will learn from this presentation and avoid common costly and time consuming problems most inventors face. 

Inventor of the Month this month is Andrew Yaros and the Trio Tidymates 

It will be great to catch up and learn about the latest going on!
We meet monthly to motivate, educate and network inventors and innovators.
Meeting location:
AMN Healthcare Inc.
Del Mar Heights
12400 High Bluff Drive
San Diego, CA 92130

$10 at the door
Snacks provided
Free parking
Networking starts at 6;30pm
Meeting starts at 7pm     
SDIF is a fabulous resource for inventors, and it just wouldn't be possible without our sponsors. These are people who are often inventors themselves who provide services to our members. Please check them out below.

A Special note -
Thank you Judy Balian for the years of help with this newsletter!
You did a great job setting this up on Constant Contact and managing this, we appreciate the time and effort you have given our organization. As Judy says--->
"SDIF - The Place to Be
SDIF monthly meetings are the ideal place to get help on all aspects of inventing as well as make new contacts. Unlike other inventors' organizations, we have no costly annual dues or membership requirements. All you need is a desire to learn about the world of inventing and to network with like-minded people. Whether you're an inventor, innovator or a service provider, SDIF is the place to be the second Thursday of each month!"

Response Expo is back!   

The big Response Expo is this month! Register now.
We thank Jessica Delich with United Inventors Association of America |
for all her help with this event.

Here's the link to use to begin the registration process:
Inventors use the promo code RE17SDI once you get the link for the contract.

Good luck, we hope to see your idea As Seen on TV!! 

National Hardware Show offer from UIA  
Pitch Your Product!
These companies are looking for you at our trade shows.

Bulbhead Bright Ideas Product Search at Response Expo 2017
Exhibitors in the UIA Inventor Pavilion are invited to apply to pitch their product to the BulbHead Leadership Team. Applications are due by April 12.  Open to Inventor Pavilion exhibitors only.  Click Here to Apply
Fellow inventors, innovators and creators.

The time is now to join in this national movement to preserve the American dream and RIGHT to profit from the labors of your minds.

The future for our country relies on progress, innovation and our ideas.
Patent laws have changed hurting inventors & killing small startups.
Time to Stop America's Innovation Decline!!
All groups, clubs, individual inventors, innovators and concerned citizens across the USA are invited to share in this historic moment.
Please add you name today and help save American Inventors!
Protect patented innovation!!
Thank you,

Please sign the US Inventor petition!
As a fellow member of the inventor community, I signed this petition and call upon you to please join me, US Inventor and many others in our creative community in this movement calling for change in the USPTO policies that are hurting American inventors.

Here is the link for the petition:

And here as a pdf you can and I hope do share with your friends and family:
US Inventor Policy Summary

"Pursuing the Spark"
I'm delighted to present at the San Diego Public Library!
Tuesdays at 6pm.

This 8 week course covers:
1   Evaluating Your Product for Viability and planning to develop
2   What is a Patent and How Do I Get One?
3   What Are My Options for Introducing My Product to the Market?
4   20 Mistakes Inventors Commonly Make
5   Using 3D Printers to Create Affordable Prototypes 
6   How Do I Sell or License My Product to a Company?  April 11
7   Creating a Marketing /business Plan
8   How to present your idea

To reserve your space come by:
North Clairemont Branch Library
City of San Diego
San Diego Public Library
or call 
(858) 581-9931

See you there Tuesday evening!

Make 48, co-produced by Make 48 

UIA Inventor and Innovator Insider | April 2017
Great issue, tips and links!!

Create the Future Design Contest
The 15th annual Create the Future Design Contest -- the world's premier engineering design competition -- is looking for your biggest and brightest ideas. You could win $20,000, other great prizes, and gain global recognition for your designs. There's no cost to enter.

Do you have a new product, invention, or design idea that could create jobs, improve daily life, save time/money, help the environment, or benefit society in other ways? We invite you to enter as an individual or team in seven categories:
Aerospace & Defense
Consumer Products
Sustainable Technologies

Past contests have generated over 13,000 new product designs from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries. With millions of visitors to the contest site and global media coverage, the contest shines a bright light on innovative ideas, helping entrants to attract funding, partners, and manufacturers to become commercial success stories. Your design could be next!

To get started, visit

Want to be As Seen on TV?
Top Dog is looking for products.
Top Dog is one of the top DRTV (Direct Response TV) producers. They run several product hunts a year through Inventor Network. It is a virtual pitch so you don't have to travel.  Check it out here  

Women inventors casting call from Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Wants Women Inventors

Harry Connick Jr. is looking for women inventors with a great story to tell for his new daytime talk show.
This is a great exposure opportunity!

Here is a link to the talent search
Here is a link to the show's website

Good luck!  

Outdoor inventing?
Casting for outdoor adventurists

"If you have a new product that is ready to be field tested and are looking for the funds t o take it to the next level, then we want to hear from you".
Find us on Meetup!  

You can now find us on Meetup as the San Diego Inventors Forum!!
Feel free to join our group if you are Meetup members and to tell anyone they know who is interesting in inventing to also join.

Sponsors & Inventor Stories Wanted
SDIF Sponsors wanted!!!
-Platinum Sponsors - $2500-On banner and introduced at contest, Speaker of the Month, post in newsletter, website, and on monthly Agenda
-Gold - $1000- Speaker of the Month, post in newsletter, website and monthly agenda
-Silver -$500 - post in newsletter, website and monthly Agenda
-Bronze -$100 - post in newsletter & website

Nationwide webinars are planned!  Stay tuned for more information.

SDIF needs stories about and by inventors! We are calling for volunteers to help gather and write stories or folks to send theirs.  Contact Adrian if you're interested. 

Send us yours or Become an "Inventor of the Month"!
Time onstage (10 minutes) to pitch your product and get feedback.
Help motivate other inventors, come tell your story!

SDIF Memberships
SDIF now has memberships.   Regulars can pay $10 monthly at the desk or become members. One year for $100.

Membership Benefits
· Discount 2 months off regular price
· Monthly admission to local meetings
· Subscription to Monthly Newsletter
· Free Webinar & new videos link
· 1 free listing for Members New Product Showcase
· 2 Seats at the 2016 Contest
Stay inventive San Diego!
Its going to be an incredible year for inventors!
A new focus on startup entrepreneurs is sweeping the nation.
There are more opportunities than ever to make your product known.

This could be a great year for you to get your idea out there, we are here to help.
From capturing your concept to making it to the market.
Inventors help inventors.  
Welcome to the San Diego Inventors Forum!

Wishing you an inventive day and hoping to see you on Thursday!          
Adrian Pelkus    

Adrian Pelkus, Chairman
San Diego Inventors Forum
Quick Links
Quick Links

San Diego Inventors Forum Website...  (Information on our meetings and directions) 

Resources for Inventors
Development Council

The mission of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network is to provide superior business consulting and education that results in entrepreneurial success and economic growth and prosperity for California. Over the last five years the network has assisted more than 12,000 business owners raise capital, increase revenue and create jobs. Under the guidance of professional consultants, our clients have generated more than $41 million in capital infusion into the local economy.

Consulting is complimentary to businesses that are ready to grow and is available in a private setting at one of four centers and six outreach locations. The SBDC offers guidance on how to reduce the cost of operations, increase sales and market share, financing, money management, exporting internationally, marketing and online marketing, patent and technology commercialization, and market research. To learn more about these valuable resources, visit their website or contact Carol Wiley at 619.216.6690 or 

United Inventors1

SDIF is a member of the United Inventors Association is the Inventor Industry's national membership foundation dedicated to inventor education and support.  Learn more...
CONNECT Springboard offers free guidance and development to life sciences, clean-tech, high tech and consumer product companies in all stages of development, ranging from concept, technology transfer to start-up. Contact: Steve Hoey, Director, Springboard Program & Innovation Research at or by phone at 858.964-1308   Learn more...
Protect Your IP
April 12, 8:00am - 11:30am

SCORE can help you start a new business or improve your present business. For more information about the SCORE San Diego's free small business counseling and the low-cost workshop series, call 619.557.7272 or visit their website

Here is the SDIF 2016 -2017 schedule!


San Diego Inventors Forum Sponsors


A-Squared Tech Adrian Pelkus, CEO 
   A Squared Technologies, Inc.
Home of California Product Developers
California Product Developers  
View our profile on LinkedIn 

Sheppard Mullin  
Amy J. Romaker Director of Client Service Teams 
12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130-2006 
858.720.8900 | main
858.720.7403 | direct
Leslie Wagner
Leslie F. Wagner
Intellectual Property and Licensing Consultant
View our profile on LinkedIn 

Patents and Ventures
        George Levy
         Patent Agent

Inventions into Income  
Product Development
Ben Gage 
  Sidney Wildesmith -Video 
Grazyna Krajewska
mberDot, LLC
                 Judith Balian
                 Marketing for Inventors & Small Business
                 Focus Groups
Silver Level Sponsors
David Waller of Patent Success Strategies. 
David is a long-time SDIF member who has helped many of our inventors get their patents.  Contact David at 858.768.1864.

Bronze Level Sponsors
Burke Franklin
Business Power Tools                               
800 346 5426

Akiko Kobayashi, Ph.D. 
Registered Patent Agent

Emory Legal LLP
Business, Technology and Intellectual Property Law
600 West Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
619-752-0249 Direct | 619-752-2003 Fax
This newsletter was written by Adrian Pelkus.
The format was created by Judith Balian of Excoveries
Specializing in Marketing for Inventors
A Constant Contact Business Partner & Trainer

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