Inventors Network of the Capital Area 


The Inventors Network of the Capital Area is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1993. Our members are interested in patents, the innovation process, product design, marketing, licensing, prototyping and other product development issues. Visit the Contact Us page if you have questions.

See the Meetings page for a schedule of upcoming meetings, directions, and more information. For announcements about additional upcoming events join the Inventors Network of the Capital Area Meetup Group or join/visit the INCA Google Group.

Meetings are free and open to the public. We invite you to attend our next meeting to participate in networking over pizza, snacks, and drinks.  If you are interested in speaking at an upcoming meeting, or would like to recommend a speaker, visit our Speakers page.

If you are interested in prototyping your invention check out TechShop in Arlington, Virginia or Fab Lab Baltimore in Catonsville, Maryland.


Current Meeting Schedule:

The July 18th INCA Meeting – will be held at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA.  The meeting will include:

Guided Tour of the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum at the USPTO –  Our host, David Johnson, Museum Supervisor, will give us a guided tour of the museum – recently re-opened after major renovations and expansion. Check out the new interactive exhibits featuring the 2015 & 2016 Inductees, the history of the patent office and patent examiners, and Intellectual Property Power.

Off-shore Product Sourcing and Manufacturing – short video presentation by CMS Worldgroup – a 20+ year old, FL-based manufacturing and consumer product design resource – with factories and facilities in China.


Please note that future INCA meetings will not be at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library as the library is undergoing renovation for about eighteen months. INCA meetings may be at other local Virginia libraries, NOVA Labs, or the US Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

More About Our Monthly Meetings:

Every month we host a meeting with a speaker and time for experienced and beginning inventors to network. Private sector speakers at past meetings have included successful inventors, and experts in: marketing, branding, patenting, licensing, prototyping, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Speakers at previous meetings have also included officials from the US Patent & Trademark Office of Independent Inventor Programs and representatives of government small business assistance programs. For more details on past speakers and meeting topics see the Past Meetings page.



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