San Diego Inventors Forum
October 2017

Welcome inventors, innovators, artists and engineers!
Every month we discuss the most important things inventors need to know.
Come to our meetings and learn about inventing, innovating and the process of bringing new products to market. Prepare your questions about inventing and ask local experts at Thursdays meeting.
Bring your idea and see how the attendees react!
You will either save money or make money by being sure your idea is customer ready first.
Hear and learn about important topics to help you prepare for launching your venture.
Mark your calendar for San Diego Inventors Forum monthly meetings!
SDIF 2017 - 2018 Schedule
See you there !
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.

"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!" Judy B. 

SDIF  at Maker Faire 
    Thanks to Michele Nash-Hoff and Sidney Wildesmith for helping at Maker Faire 2017!

Makers Faire this weekend was a blast!
I was quite proud to represent all these groups that help inventors I am part of and support.
Best part of the event was the kids.
The ones that had interest in inventing were a delight to hear as they expressed their ideas with unbridled enthusiasm.
I taught them the left side/right side method to journal their ideas and all got an I-Tv flyer and invite to attend SDIF meetings.
I applauded the parents and encouraged them to continue supporting their kids creative side and education in STEAM.
Parents were beaming with pride.
Kids were really excited to talk with an inventor and learn more.
The sad part was the few parents that tore their inquisitive kid away telling them "this isn't for you, come on lets go".��
Dozens of patent discussions. People that knew about A.I.A. agreed wholeheartedly with our messages and agreed to sign the petition. Those new to the problems were appalled, shocked and some horrified once they learned what A.I.A is doing. Some people had a little knowledge and asked great questions. Only one negative reaction from someone that did not believe patents were a good thing.
All in all a great event.
Looking forward to doing it again next year. ��

Inventors rally against PTAB's at the USPTO makes world news!  

US Inventor's rally and protest of the patent law changes that are hurting American inventors at the USPTO in DC gained world attention!
Full coverage: 
Thanks to Michael Caputo for adding his voice.
Burning our patents in front of the USPTO demonstrated our anger and frustrations at seeing what was once the best patent system in the world go to #10. We are mad seeing issued patents reversed by PTAB rulings.  
We are infuriated with the outcomes of A.I.A.  
We demand our rights!
Save the American Inventor. 
Stand with us and help make US patents great again.  
Strong Patents = Strong Economy!
Help protect inventor rights, please support our efforts to keep patents property rights as written in our Constitution Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8
"To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" .
This is the only place in the constitution the word "right" is used.
It was that important then and it even more today.

Stop mega-corps from stealing our rights.
Thank you for your support!  
Relaunching this campaign to rally at the SCOTUS next month:  

SDIF entering a new year! 

Please check your schedules and let us know if you would like to assist us, when, how and with what.
SD represented on Make48 on KPBS TV   

Our very own Brent Estep and family were selected as contestants in this seasons filming of Make 48. We are looking forward to seeing it on air.
Mean while lets hope Brent's family wins!!
"Family team Inventor Maniacs from California is made up of dad Brent, mom Michelle and son Kyle (photobomber not included). Brent is a part-time inventor who has spent his whole life pursuing getting something on the market.  He is an out of the box thinker and a jack of all trades.  He has lived in San Diego, Ca his whole life, has 5 siblings, and 2 young children of his own.  He enjoys the challenge of making something from scratch and fixing things, and is excited about this great opportunity to learn, grow and be challenged in a way he has never been challenged before.
Michelle is Brent's wife of 18 years.  She is a nurse at a local San Diego, Ca hospital and has worked in all aspects of nursing over the past 30 years.  She has enjoyed seeing Brent evolve over the years with his countless inventions and looks forward to this exciting adventure. Michelle loves anything creative and spends her free time digital scrapbooking and loves taking and enjoying pictures.  Kyle is Brent and Michelle's 11 year old son.  Kyle is in 6th grade and has grown up in San Diego.  He has always enjoyed science and math in school.  Brent has fostered Kyle's love of science by participating heavily in Kyle's elementary school's science team and has helped his dad create many interesting and involved science "inventions".  Kyle is also looking forward to this exciting adventure!"
Video from our friend Josh Malone about the US Inventor Petition   
Fellow inventors, innovators and creators.

LATEST UPDATE - USPTO is ignoring the SCOTUS ruling against Telebrands!
Josh Malone is the Inventor of Bunch O Balloons. 
Josh was knocked off by a major ASOTV company and has been fighting for his rights to his IP. The battle is because patent laws have been changed.

Josh Malone's story and request
Recently I thanked Stephen Key for his and InventRight's support of the US Inventor petition!  Here is the post from Stephen himself >

The patent system in the United States is not what it once was.
Our friends and colleagues have expressed increasing concern over the past few years. We've been listening.
Today, we're asking you to sign the petition for patent reform.
This petition was initiated by Paul Morinville, an independent inventor who has been in Washington D.C. and is now traveling around the country tirelessly to advocate on behalf of all of us. The other champion of this cause has been Adrian Pelkus, President of the San Diego Inventors Forum, who has worked continuously on behalf of independent inventors everywhere.
This petition is also supported by Louis Foreman, President and CEO of Edison Nation as well as Warren Tuttle, President of UIA.
Please, get informed. We'll be doing our part by seeking out and bringing you the best advice and insight possible.
If you've been affected by the new patent laws, we want to hear from you.
Thank you for your time.
Stephen Key and Andrew Krauss, inventRight cofounders
Watch Stephen describe why he cares about this issue:
Stephen talks about patent reform 
Stephen talks about patent reform and the petition 

Here again is the link for the petition:
Please add you name today and help save American Inventors! 
Protect patented innovation!! 
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.

Web Admin assistant, Sponsors & Inventor Stories Wanted
Help!! We need a back up admin for the website. Please contact us asap!!

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 2017 Contest
Stay inventive San Diego!
Its another incredible year ahead 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
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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 

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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...
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

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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