San Diego Inventors Forum
September 2017

I hope you are having a super inventive summer!
And your project is moving ahead nicely.
Every little step is progress.
Let us know how it is going, we are here to support you all we can! 
Its been an amazing year for the SDIF with some great speakers and presentations.
Its time to celebrate the year end with our traditional Consumer Invention Contest.
We are happy to announce this years 10 contestants and backup are:
  1. Marilyn Bruno - AEQUOR - Green, Non Toxic Household Cleaner
  2. Brent Estep - Robotic Pot and Pan scrubber
  3. Babak Forutanpour - Wrinkle Out Hanger
  4. Luciana Hanley - Air Fort - inflatable kids fort
  5. Randall Kendis - SUP STAY UP - Paddle Board Stabilizer
  6. Richard Murphy - StairSmart - Child stairway safety device
  7. Sean Pawlicki - Facade Fence
  8. David Schmiedeberg - Bolo Tie ID Badge Holder
  9. Serafino Torres - T-360 - Blow Dryer Nozzle
  10. Eric Zapf - Tonge JYBZ  -Tennis Shoe Attachments
  11. Back up presenter: Josh Rifkin - Flatwork Displays
After months of hard work these inventors are excited to present to you their new product ideas to gain your vote for Best New Consumer Invention. 
You can read more about the contest below.
See you there next week!
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!"

SDIF  2017 Invention Contest 
Thursday September 14th, SDIF will be holding its annual Invention contest.
We are honored to be hosted this year by:
One category: Best New Consumer Product - 10 contestants share their vision!
Tables and space will be provided for contestants to exhibit their goods.
Date:                      Thursday September 14th, 2017
Location:              AMN Healthcare Inc.
                              Del Mar Heights
                              12400 High Bluff Drive,
                              San Diego, CA 92130
Time:                    Doors open 6:30pm  
 Contest 7;00 - 9:00pm  
Cost:                     $10 at the door. Kids under 12 free.
Time Allotted:        8 minutes per presenter.  
Inventors have 5 minutes and will answer audience questions the remaining 3 minutes.
Audience Interest: What problem does your invention solve? Who will need it?
Best New Consumer Invention - $1000
Second place - $500
Third place - $250 
All attending vote!
Tell your friends and media contacts -  
San Diego Inventors Forum Contest  is next Thursday September 14th!! 
Inventors rally against PTAB's at the USPTO makes world news!  

Inventors Rally at the Invention-Con USPTO's Invention-Con 2017:
Our rally and protest of the patent law changes that are hurting American inventors at the USPTO in DC last month gained world attention!
Full coverage: 
We thanked 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! 
US Inventor

SDIF will exhibit at San Diego MakerFaire on October 7+8, 2017

We've been accepted to exhibit at @SDMakerFaire on October 7+8, 2017: Come see us there!

We are excited to inform you that our proposal for Maker Faire San Diego, Inventors helping Inventors [544], has been accepted. We are delighted to participate in Maker Faire San Diego!
If you have friends who should be exhibiting cool projects, tell them they can still apply until September 15.

Your support and involvement is important to the Maker community, and we thank you in advance for bringing your project, enthusiasm, and Maker spirit to the event. Maker Faire celebrates the best of human imagination and creativity, and we expect that this Maker Faire will be no different.

Save the dates October 7 - 8, 2017 for Maker Faire!

Please check your schedules and let me know if you would like to assist us at the booth, when, how and with what.
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!! 
The Make48 on TV invite to inventors  

My name is Courtney Benisch and I am the Director of Events for Make48, a 48-hour invention competition. It is also becoming a nationally distribution television show airing on PBS this fall. We are having an open casting call for our next competition on September 28-30 at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Mo. We are looking for inventors from across the nation to compete and wanted to see if you could spread the word to your group.
All the information can be found out at
All the best,
Courtney Benisch

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 .

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 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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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.

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San Diego, CA 92101
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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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