San Diego Inventors Forum
March 2017

Welcome inventors, innovators and creators!! 
Last month we welcomed videographer Sidney Wildesmith as February's Speaker of the Month who discussed How to Make a Video for your new product. Thank you Sidney for keeping it real! 

Our Inventors of the Month last month were Dan & Kirsten Garcia the inventors of the
Sipsee Portable Bottle Stopper.
We were delighted to see them return and give us an update. Great new product!
Mark your calendar for this Thursday March 9th!
We welcome special guests;

CEO, Louis Foreman! 
Louis Foreman leads the strategic vision for all divisions at Enventys Partners, bringing exceptional expertise around intellectual property, open innovation and entrepreneurship. Over the past 20 years, Louis has created 9 successful start-ups and has been directly responsible for the creation of over 20 others. A prolific inventor, he is the inventor on 10 registered US patents, and his team is responsible for the development and monetization of well over 700 more. Louis served the Bush and Obama Administrations on the Patent Public Advisory Committee and is currently Chairman on the Small Business Administration's SBDC National Advisory Board


Louis Foreman will present "You have a great idea, what's next?" 

Let's face it, coming up with Ideas are easy. The difference between a great idea and making money from an idea is the execution! When you have a great idea, you need to determine if it is feasible. So before you quit your job or cash-in the 401k, there are 5 questions you should answer BEFORE you start spending money on your invention. 

Joining Louis will be Enventys Partners President Roy Morejon who will speak to the efficacy of crowdfunding as a means to get a new product to market.

This is a special opportunity to hear and meet
these significant members of our inventor community. Come join us this Thursday! 

We welcome back serial entrepreneur Josh Rifkin as March Inventor of the Month.
Come see Josh present Scratch N' Squeak Thursday!
"We are launching our Kickstarter campaign on Monday and will be offering ball launchers at a deep discount. Only $12 for the first 150"

This is going to be an especially interesting, informative meeting! Adrian
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!   

We thank Jessica Delich with United Inventors Association of America |
for extending the deadline for our group to to March 10!

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!! 

Congratulations to two SD teams for being chosen as semi finalists! 
Local NEWS!

Two engineering teams from San Diego were selected semi finalists in the 2017 Mars City Design Challenge. Congratulations to:
  • Cooperative Robot Flock                                                                                             by  Chase Thurmond & The ENVI team, Coleman University
  •  PTV (Personal Transport Vehicle)
    by Adrian Pelkus & A Squared Technologies, Inc.



Trump in his speech to Congress last Tuesday openly praised inventors and their role in making America great past present and future!

On the other hand did you know about the USPTO's plan to raise fees $710m to pay for more destructive PTAB's?

The Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) which holds regular public meetings and provides input to the USPTO, the President, and Congress on matters relating to the Patent Office held a public meeting on Thursday March 2nd.
This letter from US Inventor regarding this fee increase and the problems with PTABs was acknowledged as received and will be published on their site.
  Open Letter to the USPTO  
Please share to help us raise inventors awareness!

There are still significant issues we face with AIA that need be addressed and amended for America to equal the rights inventors get in China.
China has better patent laws than the USA

Again, it's PTABs that are wiping out small inventors because they favor corporations. This favoritism is wrong and must be stopped.
We American Independent Inventors must stand and demand our rights be  restored. Our nation needs us to create the new ideas and subsequent new jobs to continue to grow and thrive. The present patent laws must be revised to bring back the confidence a patent brings to both the inventor and investor.

As a fellow member of the inventor community, I call upon you to please join me, US Inventors and others in our community create a movement to change the policies that are hurting innovation. Please become aware of these policies by reading up on AIA. The more you learn the better! You can sign up for the US Inventor newsletter here:

You can read what the patent community is doing and thinking as well as finding lots of tips and information on writing patents here:

Once you understand the disastrous policies of the AIA please share this message regularly on your social sites to help spread the word and lift our voices!
 <PLEASE TWITTER the President>  
"Save American Inventors, Strong Patents equal a Strong Economy,
Revise the A.I.A.
If you want (and want your kids to be able) to enjoy the American dream of prospering from your own ideas you must act and add your voice.  
Tweet. Sign up and comment, sign petitions, join the national groups I have.  
Care for your rights before they are gone!

I thank you for your support on this important issue to us all.
All and any support and donations will be greatly appreciated.

Have an inventive day,


Adrian Pelkus, Chairman
San Diego Inventors Forum
760 591 9608

"Pursuing the Spark"
I'm delighted to present to the San Diego Public Library!
Starting this Tuesday 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   How Do I Sell or License My Product to a Company?
5   Using 3D Printers to Create Affordable Prototypes
6   What Are Crowdfunding and Kickstarter?
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!


Sculptos is consulting and creative agency based in Carlsbad,CA specializing in strategic brand building and development, creative and digital services.
I was honored to be selected to be a presenter at this event February 18th!
I discussed this New Product Development Plan to help go from concept to presentation ready.  New Product Development Plan

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...
Pitching to Investors & Valuation of Early Stage Companies

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
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
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.

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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