Past Meetings

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Meeting information on this page dates back to January 2005. Our Newsletters page covers meetings from January 1999 to December 2004. Learn more about even earlier meetings and how INCA was founded by reviewing our Early History of the Inventors Network of the Capital article written by INCA past president Maurice Daniel. The article contains information dating back to November 1983.

See photos of our past meetings on our Photo Gallery page.

 

Past Meetings 2016

 

The January 2016 INCA meeting was cancelled due to a winter snowstorm.

The Monday February 22, 2016 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting will be at the US Patent & Trademark (USPTO) headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The address for the meeting is USPTO Madison Bldg, 600 Dulany St, Alexandria, VA 22314. Networking will be from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Announcements will start at 6:30 pm and the speaker, Robert Brooke of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) will be introduced thereafter. See below for more information on Mr. Brooke’s presentation. Meetings generally go to 8:30 or 9:00 pm. Pizza, drinks, and snacks will be available at this meeting.

INCA member and inventor James Han is the Monday March 23, 2016 speaker. Mr. Han will speak about prototyping his Dual Flush Toilet Devices invention covered by US8584268. He will also speak about his experience working with a patent attorney and patent examiners during the process of patenting his invention. James will also answer questions from the meeting guests. This month’s meeting also includes elections of INCA officers including president, vice-president, and treasurer. This meeting will be at the Dollie Madison Library in Virginia.

Matthew Lesko is speaking at the Monday April 18, 2016 Inventors Network of the Capital Area (INCA) monthly meeting. His topic is How to Take Advantage of Crowdfunding. Mr. Lesko has written over one hundred books on alternative sources of money including the New York Times Best Seller Getting Yours: The Complete Guide to Government Money. This meeting will be at the United States Patent & Trademark headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
Watch one of his recent Tedx Talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ohfn9mLtR4
See A Vice Magazine profile of Mr. Lesko: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utiIdR-XVJg
Review one of his speeches at startup group: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xY436B6fQy4

Alan Beckley, the inventor of the “Wonder Wallet”, with over one million sold on ASOTV, will be speaking at the May 23, 2016 Inventors Network of the Capital Area (INCA) monthly meeting. This meeting will be at the US Patent & Trademark headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

His presentation – Inventor “Hunger Games” – will take you through the early days of the Savvy Caddy, and how he ultimately achieved success.  It will focus on what he’s learned from the process over the past 13 years, and will also include highlights of his new venture.

The June 20, 2016 INCA Meeting was held at TechShop, 2100 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The Presentation was by: Ara Bogosian – “Design for Manufacturability” – over 20 years of mechanical and product design engineering experience. In this lesson, participants will learn about the multiple phases of Product Design for Patenting, Prototyping and Manufacturability.  An invention is worthless if it can’t be manufactured. Most inventors and designers know this but may assume that these problems will be resolved during the prototype phase – at the inventors expense.  Ara will highlight the primary considerations, and pitfalls, of product design – when preparing your inventions for prototyping, patenting and manufacturing – helping you reduce many expensive and idea-killing surprises during the product development process.

The July 18th INCA Meeting – was held at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA.  The meeting included:

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.

The August 15th INCA Meeting – was held at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA, Knox Building.  The meeting will include:

David Welch, President of M2 Inspired on Crowdfunding Videos – Mr. Welch will be giving a talk on how to create product videos – with emphasis on short, one minute videos for presentation and crowdfunding uses. Crowdfunding can be a big springboard to make your product a reality. Learn how to get your message across.

The September 19th INCA Meeting – was held at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA, Knox Building.  The meeting included:

John Calvert, Executive Director, UIA spoke about the new initiatives from the United Inventors Association (UIA) – on-line video program, the FREE membership services/benefits, inventors sponsorship at trade shows, and new/unique opportunities for inventor club members, etc

The October 17th INCA Meeting was held at the USPTO in Alexandria, VA, Madison Building on the Lower Level in the auditorium.

Fred Ruberio, Indiegogo – Mr. Ruberio gave us insight on how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Indiegogo’s, mission is to empower people to unite around ideas that matter to them and together make those ideas come to life. With the help of their community, they’re redefining entrepreneurship—shifting it from being a privilege to a right. Because every inventive idea should have its shot, and every creative entrepreneur should have their moment.

The Monday, November 21, INCA Meeting – was held at the USPTO Knox Building

Callye Keen, RedBlueCollective.com – Talked to us about the Lean Product Development process – get to market faster!

Callye Keen has over 10 years of product development and engineering experience, and is the founder of the RedBlueCollective.com – providing education and resources for hardware/product inventors and entrepreneurs. Callye will tell us how to a structured and rapid product development process, built on the Lean Startup methodology – with a challenge/problem-based approach will help get products to market faster.

The Monday Dec 19th, INCA Meeting – Annual INCA Holiday Party and Potluck was combined with our upcoming monthly meeting – Monday Dec 19th, 5:30, USPTO Alexandria, VA.

The speaker and presentation featured Wayne Lifshitz, “Piggyback Rider – Case study of a successful new product”

 

Past Meetings 2015

 

The January 2015 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is Monday January 26, 2015 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm. This month’s speaker was going to be by Ameer, a high school student from Fairfax County, Virginia. Amir wanted to create a way to cost effectively control the use of electricity around the home. His invention, the Ottomate, is a home-based automation system that learns a user’s habits within two weeks and then automatically turns devices on and off for the user. Watch Amir’s invention in action in this video. However, this speaker could not make the meeting and we had a round table discussion.

The February 2015 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is Wednesday February 25, 2015 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm. Philip Ching will be speaking on software that facilitates the process of crafting patent claim language. Summary of Presentation: A client wants to sell a product in the marketplace. The concern is if there is patent protection from competitors in that same area of technology. The client’s own product can be represented by the following keywords: energy save, fireplace, device, and chimney. This client wants to know if there are US patents whose patent Claim section contains all his keywords, and he wants the answer within one hour of time. Philip says he can meet this challenge in less than half an hour. Philip will give a demonstration of how this can be done. This presentation displays two advantages of this tool:

1.         It allows the client to quickly find who the competitors are, what they do, and how they do it.

2.         It helps the client in crafting his patent claim language by quickly viewing the patent Claim sentences used by the competitors.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Philip W Ching has worked for four companies in the past, with positions ranging from Member of Technical Staff, to Senior Principal Engineer, to Chief Scientist. Dr. Ching, with his inventive ideas, is an expert in automated Requirement Management and automated IV&V process for large project control. Currently he is a Chief Technology Officer of Aplix Research, Inc conducting a project in big data and data analytics with the website www.Competitors.watch. It is a powerful research engine for scientists, engineers, inventors as well as IP professionals. For example, this web tool can facilitate the process of crafting patent Claim language by quickly displaying claim sentences used by the competitors. Dr. Ching’s passion is automation. Dr. Ching also serves as an adjunct  faculty in Cyber Security for the Johns Hopkins University.  He has been teaching the following courses (JHU/EP): Web Security, Intrusion Detection, and Software Development in UNIX Environment. Dr. Ching has taught commercial UNIX training courses and Information Systems Security courses. Dr. Ching holds a M.Sc. in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Ohio State University. He has several professional publications and owns three US patents (US 6,560,620, US 6,978,420, and US 8,543,620). His 4th US patent is currently pending. Please contact him at 301-762-8552.

 

The March 2015 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is Wednesday March 25, 2015 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm.This month’s meeting will include elections of INCA officers. This month’s speaker, Richard C. Levy, is president of Richard C. Levy & Associates, LLC which specializes in collaborative invention and licensing. RCL&A primarily feeds concepts to the toy industry. Richard co-developed Furby (Hasbro), the animatronic creature that has sold more than 70 million units in 57 countries, and 12 languages. His co-invented games include million plus unit seller Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus (Mattel). He has created premiums for P&G (Crest), General Foods (Pebbles) and Ralston-Purina (Cookie Crisp). Among his latest products are: The Waving FlagDirty Words (University Games) and The Original Cat Paw (Wicked Cool Toys). Richard is author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cashing in On Your Inventions (2nd edition) and co-author of The Toy and Game Inventor’s Handbook (3rd edition) now exclusively sold by Amazon as an e-book. Price: $9.95. Richard was featured in the December 2012 edition of the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Inventors Eye online publication in an article Toying with Success.

The April 2015 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is Monday April 20, 2015 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm. The speaker for this meeting will be Gene Quinn of IPWatchdog.com. Gene will be speaking conceptually and strategically on claim drafting. Additionally he will talk on claim drafting in light of the patent search. Mr. Quinn will also teach basic claim drafting techniques during his talk. In addition to writing an informative intellectual property blog Gene’s in person presentations are always interesting.

The May 2015 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is Monday May 18, 2015 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm. This month’s meeting will include two presenters. INCA president Glen Kotapish will talk about the Response Expo and United Inventors Association meeting he attended last month in San Diego. The Response Expo is an event that supports the As Seen on TV Industry. The United Inventors Association that supports inventor groups across the United States. Patent attorney and licensing agent Raymond Van Dyke will speak on the patent system and current patent legislation.

The June 2015 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is Monday June 22, 2015 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be an “Inventors Roundtable Discussion”. These discussions cover various product development topics from patents, prototyping, marketing, licensing and more. This meeting format is a good opportunities to network and enjoy a lively exchange of ideas.

Monday July 20, 2015: Inventor and entrepreneur Claude Davis will be speaking on his NightStalker Inflatable Life Vest. Claude will be speaking on his experience patenting and commercializing his life vest. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The closest Metro rail station is the West Falls Church Metro. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm.

Monday August 17, 2015: Seven year old Inventor Jennifer Neigel will be presenting her “Sports Training Systems for the Hitting Athlete” she invented. Jennifer will be speaking on the inventing process, the overall patent application process and also her experience with the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Inventor Assistance Center. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The closest Metro rail station is the West Falls Church Metro. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm.

Monday September 21, 2015: Andrew Colsky will be speaking on funding an invention. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The closest Metro rail station is the West Falls Church Metro. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm. Andrew is also teaching a class on inventorship at the Annandale campus of the Northern Virginia Community College this October. He can be reached at acolsky “at” omgiwant.com for more information.

Monday October 26, 2015: IP expert Kimberly Bonner will be speaking on Makeosity.com, an interesting company and system that helps kids and adults develop products. Here is an excerpt from the Makeosity website: “We not only incubate new products and services for kids by kids but also those from adults for the education marketplace.” The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The closest Metro rail station is the West Falls Church Metro. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm.

Monday November 16, 2015 meeting speaker is Michael Razavi of the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Razavi will speak on the USPTO’s Office of Innovation Development’s programs and how he helped direct the Pro Se Pilot Program. Michael’s bio can be found hereThe meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The closest Metro rail station is the West Falls Church Metro. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Introductions and announcements will be at 6:30 pm.

Monday December 14, 2015 is the INCA holiday party and networking event. This event is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA. The closest Metro rail station is the West Falls Church Metro. The party will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Bring your favorite food, dessert, or non-alcoholic drink.

Past Meetings 2014


January 2014′
s INCA meeting will be Wednesday the 29th. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking. Networking includes pizza, snacks and drinks.  The speaker is introduced at 6:30 pm after announcements.  Win Wenger will  be this month’s speaker. He will be speaking on the invention process. Learn more about Dr. Wenger at www.winwenger.com

February 2014′s INCA meeting will be Wednesday the 26th. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking. Networking includes pizza, snacks and drinks.  The speaker is introduced at 6:30 pm after announcements. Dr. Philip Ching will be speaking about the patent analysis tool patent-analytic.com. Philip’s tool can help inventors and scientists alike analyze patent information.

March 2014’s INCA meeting will be Wednesday the 26th. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking. Networking includes pizza, snacks and drinks. The speaker or topic is introduced at 6:30 pm after announcements. This month’s meeting will be in the format of an “Inventors’ Roundtable Discussion.” This format invites members and guests to share information they’ve learned and also to ask questions about the product development process. The roundtable discussion will first focus on local inventor Gary Stewart’s Watchband Eyeglasses as covered by US7748843. Mr. Stewart’s creation allows a person to have convenient access to a pair of flexible Pince-Nez style reading glasses stored within a watchband, attached to a watchband, or worn as a bracelet. The discussion about Gary’s invention will cover how the idea was first envisioned to details on how proof-of-concept prototypes were completed. Mr. Stewart is now considering using crowd funding or other fund raising means to move his product to the production manufacturing stage. Elections for INCA president, vice-president and treasurer will also take place during this meeting.

April 2014′s INCA meeting will be Monday the 21st. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking. Networking includes pizza, snacks and drinks.  Announcements and introductions start at 6:30 pm and the speaker is introduced shortly thereafter. Raymond Van Dyke, patent attorney and licensing agent, will be speaking on the “Current Status of Patenting”. Ray recently testified at the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Meetings on the Notice of Public Rulemaking (NPRM) “Changes to Require Identification of Attributable Owner.” From the USPTO website: ”The Attributable Owner NPRM proposes changes to the rules of practice to require that the attributable owner, including the ultimate parent entity, be identified during the pendency of a patent application and at specified times during the life of a patent.” Mr. Van Dyke will also entertain your questions at the end of his presentation.

May 2014’s INCA meeting will be Monday May 19, 2014. The meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking. Networking includes pizza, snacks and drinks.  Announcements and introductions start at 6:30 pm and the speaker is introduced shortly thereafter. New York patent attorney, author and lecturer Ron Slusky will be speaking via Skype at this month’s meeting. Here is a description of the presentation as provided by the speaker:  “Mr. Slusky strongly maintains that it’s a big mistake for inventors to prepare their own patent applications without significant involvement from an experienced patent lawyer. It takes years of mentoring and practice before one has the skills required to properly identify the inventive concept underlying the inventor’s embodiment and to draft patent claims that others cannot readily design around while still “ripping off” the invention. That being said, Ron believes that in patent work – as in so many contexts – an educated consumer is the best customer. Mr. Slusky’s presentation will focus on familiarizing inventors with the analytical processes that goes into properly analyzing and claiming an inventionThe idea is that by understanding what underpins the invention analysis process, an inventor is in a better position to work with a patent attorney or agent to ensure that the inventive ideas are properly captured in the patent application. Through this understanding the inventor may better assure him or herself that the patent practitioner is, as Ron puts it, “doing right by your invention.” The program is an inventor-oriented version of the material that Mr. Slusky presents to patent practitioners in his “Invention Analysis and Claiming” seminar, www.sluskyseminars.com, based on his acclaimed book Invention Analysis and Claiming: A Patent Lawyer’s Guide, 2nd Edition (American Bar Association, 2d ed. 2012). Topics will include: identifying the broad invention using the problem/solution paradigm; techniques for discovering the full breadth of the invention in view of the prior art; and the importance of preparing the patent application and its claims with the Anticipated Enforcement Scenario in mind.”

The Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is at theTysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking. Networking includes pizza, snacks and drinks. Announcements and introductions start at 6:30 pm and the speaker is introduced shortly thereafter. This meeting will feature inventor and business owner David Levine. See his website geostellar.com. Geostellar.com is a website that helps home owners compare solar energy plans. After David’s presentation licensing expert and patent attorney Ray Van Dyke will also give a brief talk “the technology of the movies,” which is the World IP Day theme for 2014. Note, Sally Kimmel, inventor or the Sure Klutch (sureklutch.com), who was scheduled to speak at this meeting has had to postpone her talk at this time.

The Monday July 28, 2014 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Announcements and the speaker introduction start at 6:30 pm. This month’s speaker is Jill A. Tarzian Sorensen. Jill will be speaking on How to Commercialize and Protect Your Intellectual 
Property in a 3D Print Ready World. Ms. Sorensen’s bio is below.

Jill A. Tarzian Sorensen is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in emerging technology, intellectual asset, business and economic development management.  She is the Founder and President of Bilyan, focused primarily on innovation management in the health, energy, transportation and additive manufacturing sectors.   Jill has founded and supported multiple start-ups, both for-profit and non-profit. She also co-founded VisIQ, a 3D printing company focused on remote access product design and development, and FasterContracts LLC.   Through Bilyan, Jill has facilitated the raise of $81.5 million in capital for technology and economic development initiatives in Maryland, across the U.S. and globally.

Jill has served as professional faculty at Johns Hopkins University 2005-present, teaching social entrepreneurship, innovation, business ethics and technology transfer.  She sits on the American Friends advisory board of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Board of the International Center for Sustainable Development and rWilo, 3D printing company.  Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007.  She has served as a panel and sole arbitrator in commercial disputes for the past twenty years, is a registered patent attorney in the United States, and is registered to practice law in Illinois and in the federal 7th circuit district court.

The Monday August 25, 2014 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Announcements and the speaker introduction start at 6:30 pm. Steve Siliberger of Top Dog Direct will speaking on how to pitch a product to a “As Seen on TV” marketing company. Steve’s bio is below.

“Steve Silbiger started Plymouth Direct in 1997, as a result of years of experience in the TV direct response industry. Today, he has joined with Media Enterprises, Inc. to form Top Dog Direct.

His previous experience includes analyzing marketing data at Nutri/System Inc. and acting as new product director at National Media, where he discovered and developed new products for infomercials. At Top Dog Direct, his talent is quickly bringing consumer products to market. “As Seen on TV” products are Steve’s specialty, with Hutton-Miller handling television production for dozens of TV blockbuster products.

Silbiger earned his MBA in Marketing at the University of Virginia, Darden School, and his undergraduate degree in accounting and CPA at the University of Kansas.

He is the author of the book, The Ten-Day MBA (4th Edition), an international bestseller with more than 400,000 copies sold and 2 other interesting business books.

Steve volunteers for the charitable organization Chosen 300, which helps to feed the homeless in Center City, Philadelphia. He and his wife have two grown children and reside in Plymouth Meeting, PA.”

The Monday September 22, 2014 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Announcements and the speaker introduction start at 6:30 pm. John Calvert, the new executive director of the United Inventors Association (UIA) will be this month’s speaker. John is seeking to find out what is important to inventors through an interactive discussion. Mr. Calvert desires to make the UIA an organization that will serve inventors well through helpful information and practical opportunities. He also wishes the UIA be an inventors organization that accurately represents current independent inventor perspectives in issues of patent law, practice, and policy. He will be visiting other inventor groups around the country to get feedback from them as well. Before the UIA Mr. Calvert has worked at the United States Patent & Trademark Office for many years in the Independent Inventors Program and Office of Innovation. Mr. Calvert’s bio can be found here.

The Monday October 27, 2014 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Announcements and the speaker introduction start at 6:30 pm. Richard J. Apley of Becker & Poliakoff will be speaking at this meeting. Mr. Apley worked for the United States Patent & Trademark Office’s Independent Inventor Office before working at Litman Law and now Becker & Poliakoff. Dick will be speaking on patent claim drafting and recent changes to patent law. See his bio by clicking here.

The Monday November 17, 2014 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with networking, pizza, snacks and drinks. Announcements and the speaker introduction start at 6:30 pm. Dr. Charles B. McGough, author of the book Great Invention! Now What? which explains step by step how to convert an idea into a successful product will be this month’s speaker via Skype.  It offers step by step instruction on how to evaluate, patent, trademark and license an invention.

The December 2014 Inventors Network of the Capital Area holiday party is Monday December 15, 2014 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The party starts at 5:30 pm and will go to 9:30 pm. Bring your favorite food dish, snack or drink (non-alcoholic). Also bring friends, family, your favorite prototype (patented inventions only), and your favorite book on product design, marketing or invention. Members and guests are welcome. Patent attorney and licensing executive Raymond Van Dyke will also be giving a brief humor filled talk IP in 2014: The Good, the Bad and the Idiotic.

 

Past Meetings 2013

 

January 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Tuesday the 22nd at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Networking will start at 5:30 pm and continue until 7:00 pm. More time at the beginning of the meeting will allow greater opportunities for regular members and newly attending inventors to network. This also allows for more time to travel through area traffic for members traveling from far away. This month we are honored to have John Calvert of the US Patent & Trademark Office Inventor Assistance Program speak on how recent changes to patent laws affect and will affect independent inventors.

February 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 25th the at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. The meeting starts at 5:30 pm with networking, followed by the speaker introduction at 7:00 pm.

Industrial designer William Negley of the William Negley Design Group will be speaking on “Bringing Your Concept to Life”. His company’s website has interesting information about the design process. It also includes information on current clients. His business card includes the following bullet points.

Concept Development
Product Illustrations
Computer Renderings
Prototyping
Provisional Patent Writing
Package Design

Patent attorney and licensing executive Raymond Van Dyke will speak on the upcoming changes to patent law and practice. Major patent law changes go into effect in March of this year. Ray will be highlighting the changes in his talk.

INCA treasurer Dana Knowles will also give an update on the progress of her Kuphs invention.

March 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 18th at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Michael Collins of the Big Idea Group will be speaking. Erin Burke, also of the Big Idea Group, provided a bio of Mr. Collins in the letter below that she sent to INCA. Note, March 18th is the third Monday of the month. Elections for INCA president, vice president, treasurer and secretary also take place during this meeting.

April 2013′s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 15th at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA.  Attorney and licensing expert Raymond Van Dyke will be speaking on copyright law. The meeting starts with an hour of food and networking at 5:30 pm. Announcements begin at 6:30 pm and are followed by the speaker’s presentation.

This month’s INCA meeting is Monday May 20, 2013 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The meeting begins at 5:30 pm with networking. This month’s meeting will be an Inventors Roundtable Discussion. The Roundtable discussion begins at 6:30 pm.  The Roundtable lets inventors share tips and ask questions.

June 2013′s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 17th at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Pat Bahn of TGV Rockets will be speaking on modern rocket engines and patents.The meeting begins at 5:30 pm with networking. The speaker is introduced at 6:30 pm after brief announcements.

July 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 22nd at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Note that this is the fourth Monday of the month. Patent attorney and licensing executive Raymond Van Dyke will be giving a presentation titled Adventures in Being a Patent Attorney: Helping Innovators and Innovation. Networking starts at 5:30 pm and the speaker will be introduced shortly after 6:30 pm after brief announcements.

August 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 26nd at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Note that this is the fourth Monday of the month. Networking is 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Pizza will be served during networking. An inventors roundtable discussion will begin at 6:30 pm. The roundtable discussion is an open forum that can cover topics including marketing, prototyping, patents, trademarks, licensing, and more topics related to product development. Julio Alvarado, INCA’s hospitality host and greeter, will be moderating the inventors roundtable discussion.

September 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 23nd at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Networking will start at 5:30 pm. The speaker will be introduced at 6:30 pm after brief announcements. John Hurley will be this month’s INCA speaker. Mr. Hurley is part of the merchandising team at Allstar Products Group. Allstar Products Group markets products via direct response television, also known as infomercials. John, attending our meeting via Skype, will share on what Allstar is looking for in a product to sell on television.  See www.allstarmg.com for more on the Allstar Products Group. Attend this meeting and learn how best to design for the direct response television market. Maybe after hearing John’s talk you’ll tune your invention into being as successful as the Snuggie!

October 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 21st at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Note that this is the third Monday of the month. This meetings topic will be 3D printing, computer aided design, and rapid prototyping.  Elite Image Works, a Maryland-based 3D printer company, will be demonstrating their 3D printer the Deep Imager 5. Fab Lab Baltimore will also have a display with 3D printers and information on their lab. The meeting will start at 5:30 pm with networking and will continue with the presentation at 6:30 to 7:00 pm. This meeting will be followed by a presentation at 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm of the Tysons-Pimmit Regional library on 3D printing. Members of the Inventors Network of the Capital Area (INCA) and public are invited to attend. INCA members may wish to stay after this presentation to continue networking.

November 2013’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 18th at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Note that this is the third Monday of the month.Members of the Inventors Network of the Capital Area (INCA) and public are invited to attend. Consultant and executive coach Marion Smith will be presenting at this meeting. Ms. Smith will be speaking on “tools to break regular thought patterns…” and using thinking that arrives at “new alternatives and ideas.” Marion’s bio can be found at http://www.elementalconsult.com/about.html. A short overview of her presentation is below.

Dr. Edward de Bono’s ‘Lateral Thinking’ and ‘Six Thinking Hats’ tools are used by individuals and organizations across the globe to drive and manage creative thinking, innovation and performance. The tools are designed to break regular thought patterns and encourage making ‘unrelated’ connections which can result in new alternatives and ideas. Marion Smith is a certified Leadership Coach and de Bono Thinking Systems Instructor who will give a brief overview on the power of the tools and how they support the creative thinking process.  

Members, guests and friends are invited to the annual INCA Holiday Party this Tuesday December 10, 2013 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, Virginia. The Party setup time will be 5:30 pm. The party will be 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Arrive at any time for food, networking, and fun. Bring your favorite food, snack, or drinks (non-alcoholic). Pizza, drinks, and snacks will also be available in addition to what people bring to share. Also bring your favorite invention, prototype, patent attorney, patent illustrator, licensing expert, marketing guru, seasoned inventor, patent litigator, or inventor help books to enlighten the discussion. The 3Doodler 3D printing pen will also be demonstrated at the party. See the3doodler.com for more information.

 

 

Past Meetings 2012

 

The January 23, 2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Note that this meeting is on the fourth Monday of the month due to observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the week before. Networking starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 6:30 pm. Speakers are introduced after announcements at 6:30 pm. Meetings generally go to 8:30 or 9:00 pm.

Mr. Lawnie H. Taylor is the speaker at this month’s meeting. Lawnie is an experience chemist and inventor. Here is an article that shares about some of Mr. Taylor’s inventing adventures: Professional Inventors Alliance Announces: Here It Is, Again — David and Goliath. A brief excerpt from this article reads: “Lawnie Taylor, a noted African American scientist, working in his laundry room laboratory, discovered a way to modify hypochlorite bleach such that it could be used without damaging cotton.” See his patent application US20070287652 and patent US7109157 for more on some of his inventions.

Mr. Taylor will be speaking on a recent patent law and practice related case in which he was involved, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit re Lawnie H. taylor, 2011-1275. Lawnie will be talking about exceptions to the absolutely restricted definition of “consisting of”. “Consisting of” is special patent law and practice language. For more about what “consisting of” means to the US Patent & Trademark Office see MPEP 2111.03 Transitional Phrases [R-3] – 2100 Patentability.

The February 27,  2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. William A. Bonk, III and Scott M. Spanbauer are the speakers for this meeting.

The March 19,  2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. John Calvert is this month’s meeting speaker. Mr. Calvert is the Administrator of the Inventors Assistance Program at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The April 16,  2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Aubrey Scarborough will be this month’s speaker. She will be speaking on her experience as an advisor on the product development websites Quirky.com, Gust.com, and Kickstarter.com.

The May 21, 2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. This meeting will feature an “Inventors Roundtable Discussion”. This type of discussion is open to all product development topics. Members and non-members are invited to participate.

The June 18, 2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area monthly meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Chen Gu, patent attorney at the Reston, Virginia firm of Greenblum & Berstein, will be presenting Intellectual Property Law General Must-Knows For Inventors and Startups. This talk will cover copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and the different values of various forms of intellectual property. Chen will also open the end of his presentation to questions from the audience. His presentation notes will be available electronically after the meeting and will include feedback on questions asked during the meeting. Note that this meeting is on the third Monday of the month. Networking starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 6:30 pm. Speakers are introduced after announcements at 6:30 pm. Meetings generally go to 8:30 or 9:00 pm. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be available at cost during the networking part of the meeting. The June 20,  2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area extra meeting is 7:30 pm at the Bertucci’s restaurant 1934 Old Gallows Road  Vienna, VA 22182.. INCA will be hosting Mark Reyland, the executive director of the United Inventors Association (UIA). Mark will be talking about current UIA inventor education and assistance programs. Note that this meeting is on a Wednesday night. This meeting location is only 1.3 miles from the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.

The July 24, 2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area monthly meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. INCA treasurer and inventor Dana Knowles will be this month’s speaker. She will be speaking on marketing a brand. Dana will also give an update on some very broad media coverage her business has recently received. Learn more about her brand and invention at Kuphs.com.

The August 27, 2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area monthly meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Local award winning inventor Raoul Drapeau will be speaking on creativity. Mr. Drapeau is also author of Your Invention. How to Develop, Protect & Market It. Raoul will be available for a general question and answer session after his talk.

The “USPTO is hosting a public roundtable on Thursday, September 6, 2012, to discuss the proposed rules and proposed examination guidelines implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision.  The roundtable will be held in the Madison Auditorium on the USPTO’s Alexandria campus and will run from 1:30 to 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time.  The roundtable will be webcast on the AIA micro-site; instructions for viewing the webcast are forthcoming.  The first-inventor-to-file provision is effective on March 16, 2012.” See http://www.uspto.gov/aia_implementation/index.jsp for more information.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm in the Madison Auditorium of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, VA Mark Reyland is giving a talk on what makes a good product to sell via television infomercials.  Mark will also present the Virginia Invents: Telebrands Product Search. Members of Virginia inventors clubs can submit their invention ideas to this product search. Mr. Reyland is the executive director of the United Inventors Association. See the banner below for more information.

More on Telebrands:

http://telebrandstheblog.com/

More on this product search (website is still under construction):

http://www.vainvents.com/PS-Home

The September 17, 2012 Inventors Network of the Capital Area monthly meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Note that this meeting is on the third Monday of the month – this next Monday. Networking and pizza are from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

INCA president Glen Kotapish is giving a talk on what makes a good product to sell via television infomercials.  Mr. Kotapish will also present the Virginia Invents: Telebrands Product Search. Members of Virginia inventors clubs can submit their invention ideas to this product search. This product search is being sponsored by Telebrands, the United Inventors Association, and Invention Home.

More on this product search:

http://www.vainvents.com/PS-Home

More on Telebrands:

http://telebrandstheblog.com/

Jack Neigel, President and Chief Innovation Officer of MITSRA (www.Mitsra.com), will be the October 24, 2012 INCA meeting speaker. His talk will be “Inventing the Future.” His bio can be found here: Jack Neigel’s LinkedIn Profile. The bio is also below. This meeting will be at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Networking starts at 5:30 pm and speakers are introduced after announcements at 6:30 pm.

November’s INCA meeting will be on Monday the 26th at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Networking starts at 5:30 pm and speakers are introduced after announcements at 6:30 pm. Ray Van Dyke will be speaking on the America Invents Act.

December’s INCA Holiday Party will be on Wednesday the 12th at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library in Falls Church, VA. Party set up will start at 5:30 pm and the party will start at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite invention, book, or creative work. Also bring friends, food, drinks (non-alcoholic), and snacks.

 

Past Meetings 2011

 

January 13, 2011

The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Catonsville in Catonsville, Maryland opened an MIT Fab Lab (fabrication lab) in January 2011. The first open house was Thursday January 13, 2011. An MIT Fab Lab is a workshop open to the public where inventors and product developers can get help making prototypes of their inventions. After taking safety and other training classes users will have access to a ShopBot CNC milling/routing machine, UPrint 3D printer, Roland vinyl cutter, laser scanners, and CAD (computer aided design) software. Check back here or watch the INCA Google group and the CCBC MIT Fab Lab Meetup group page for announcements on Fab Lab classes and the times the lab will be opened to the public.

The community college is located off of interstate 95 at exit 47B, which is about fifteen minutes (no traffic) south of Baltimore and one hour (no traffic) north of Washington DC.

After taking exit 47B you will be on 195 West and will be heading northwest. 195 West continues as the left part of a fork/”Y” you will come to. At this fork follow the sign that says 166 on it (this is a left at the fork). Do NOT take the right part of the fork/”Y” that says “UMBC Only” as the “UMBC Only” exit will take you to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), not the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville (CCBC and UMBC are two different colleges and are located at two different campuses).

195 West ends at/runs into 166/South Rolling Road. You will still be traveling northwest while on 166/South Rolling Road. Once on 166/South Rolling Road look for Campus Drive (Campus Drive will be on your left and is opposite of Valley Road). Turn left onto Campus Drive when you see the sign for the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville (this blue sign also includes an electronic messaging display). You will be now heading southwest on a long curvy driveway and up a fairly large hill. When you come to another fork/”Y” in the road take a right. You will then be going counter clockwise on the “ring road” that encircles the CCBC Catonsville campus. Drive until you see the sign for parking lot number 5. Parking lot number 5 is the closest parking lot to building H.

The general physical address of the community college is 800 S Rolling Rd, Baltimore, MD 21228-5317.  The Fab Lab is located in room H145 of building H on the Catonsville campus. A vertical sign in front of the building with an “H” also designates this building. This building also has a blue awning that says “Applied Technology Center” on it. Go in the door with the blue awning. There will be a short jog to the right once you go in this door. After the jog to the right the Fab Lab is at the end of the long hall and on the right side. The Fab Lab is across from a room that has air traffic control and flight simulators.

Buildings on this campus are well marked, but see the campus map for the exact location:http://www.ccbcmd.edu/directory/cat/camp_map.html. You can also find the lab on Google Maps athttp://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=%22CCBC+MIT+Fab+Lab%22

Park only in the spaces with white lines (parking in spaces with red, blue, or green paint stripes may result in your vehicle being ticketed). If you have to park in a parking lot that is a bit far from Building H, and you don’t want to walk, you can ride a shuttle bus that runs during normal business hours.

For more on the CCBC MIT Fab Lab events see http://www.meetup.com/CCBC-MIT-Fabrication-Lab/. For general information on MIT Fab Labs see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab_lab and http://fab.cba.mit.edu/.

January 24, 2011
This month’s speaker is Rob Pegoraro. Mr. Pegoraro is The Washington Post’s technology columnist. In addition to writing about patents, Rob has written about Net Neutrality, AppleTV, internet privacy, Google Instant Search, Facebook and other technology and social issues. Mr. Pegoraro’s bio and recent articles can be found at The Washington Post. Another bio for Rob can be found at NetCaucus.org.

February 7, 2011 – All Day – 3 Separate Training Classes at CCBC MIT Fab Lab
The CCBC MIT Fab Lab will have its first training classes “Introduction to Fab Lab” on February 7, 2011. Right now three classes are planned for this date. Each class is three hours and fifteen minutes long. One class will begin at 8 am, another 12 pm, and the last at 4 pm. Contact Bill Werneke at wwerneke @ ccbcmd.edu or 443-840-4401 and if you are interested in taking a class and which and at what time. The class costs $99.00. Please contact Bill to find out about how to pay for and register for this class.  Register and pay for this class before you come to the lab on that Monday. You may want to bring paper, a few pens, and a USB thumbdrive to the class.

If you are taking one of Monday’s (02-07-2011) “Introduction to Fab Lab” classes, or are thinking about taking  this class, below is a list of equipment on which you will receive training. You  will also be trained on the software that is associated with the operation of these machines. You will learn the basics of how to design and create  products using these machines, with the exception of the UPrint 3D printer,  which uses 3 dimensional computer aided design (CAD) files for its input. The community college teaches separate 3D CAD classes in the CAD lab which is one  floor above the Fab Lab.

– ShopBot CNC milling/routing  machine
– UPrint 3D printer
– Roland vinyl  cutter
– Epilog laser  cutter

This class will also cover shop safety. See http://www.meetup.com/CCBC-MIT-Fabrication-Lab/ for more information on the CCBC MIT Fab Lab.

February 28, 2011 – Evening – Monthly INCA Meeting
Our February 2011 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Patent attorney and licensing expert Ray Van Dyke is February’s speaker. Ray will be speaking on the history of technology and intellectual property. After his talk he will reply to general intellectual property questions from the audience. INCA president Glen Kotapish will also briefly talk about the CCBC MIT Fab Lab classes and hours of operation. The Fab Lab is a place where members of the public can get help building a prototype after taking an introduction class. See more at CCBC MIT Fab Lab.

March 21, 2011 – Evening – Monthly INCA Meeting
Our March 2011 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, March 21, 2011 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099.

Our meeting will feature INCA member Donald Wullfinghoff. Don will be speaking on “…most of the presentation will be a review of patents and the process of getting a patent, as seen through the eyes of a successful first-time applicant.  As examples, I plan to cite several patents, including Chuck Popenoe’s bolt patent, the car top carrier patent of the INCA member whose name I do not recall, my own patent, and other successful applications.” His PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here: My First Patent.

This meeting will also feature demonstrations of the UP! Personal Portable 3D Printer and MakerBot’s newest 3D printer the Thing O Matic. See more at PP3DP and MakerBot. This meeting will also have elections for INCA president, vice-president, and treasurer (and secretary if anyone is interested).

 

 

April 18, 2011 – Evening – Monthly INCA Meeting
Our April 2011 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, April 18, 2011 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library,7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. This meeting will be an “inventors roundtable discussion.” Don Kelly, patent agent and founding member of INCA, will be moderating the discussion. The floor will be open to questions, stories, and sharing of advice on a range of topics from patents, trademarks, marketing to prototyping and more. The meeting will feature a demonstration of a 3D printer and 3D design software. This meeting will also have a raffle of 18 copies of One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work, by Stephen Key. Stephen donated the copies of his latest book to the Inventors Network of the Capital Area. Click the book cover image below to read reviews on Amazon.com.

 

May 16, 2011 – Evening – Monthly INCA Meeting
Our May 2011 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. INCA vice president Maurice Daniel will be hosting this month’s meeting. This meeting will feature local inventor Dan Amzallag. Dan will be speaking about the prototyping and patenting of his Push-Up Press invention as revealed in US2008/0070764A1.

Monday June 20, 2011 Inventors Network of the Capital Area Meeting: 3D Printing & Prototyping Extravaganza! This meeting will host Robert Gootzit of PCS Engineering. Bob will be presenting about PCS’s host of engineering and prototyping services that include:

– Plastic & Metal Rapid Prototyping

– Finishing Options (Painting, Plating, Heat Treating, etc.)

– Digital Capture (Reverse Engineering, 3D Scanning)

Bob will be bringing sample pieces from a variety of 3D printers including the top of the line Objet system of 3D printers. The samples will be from the Objet’s desktop, Eden, and Connex family of printers. Many of the Objet systems can now print in multiple types of materials during the same print. See objet.com for more or watch the Objet 500 Connex multiple material 3D printer in action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbjcfplk8Ig

Mr. Gootzit’s previous presentation at INCA a few years ago was very interesting. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss!

Glen Kotapish will also be bringing one or more of the following 3D printers for a demonstration after Bob’s presentation.

– RepRap http://reprap.org/wiki/Main_Page – 3D printer kit for around $580

– MakerBot Thing O Matic www.makerbot.com – 3D printer kit for $1299

– UP! http://pp3dp.com/ – Made in China FDM 3D printer available for less than $3000

If any of you are taking the build a RepRap 3D printer class at the CCBC MIT Fab Lab the weekend before the June 20, 2011 INCA meeting, please let Glen know if you would like to talk about your experience building the RepRap during the INCA meeting.

The July 18, 2011 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Note, that the meeting is on the third Monday of the month. This meeting will feature two experts in the area of patent law, Raymond Van Dyke and Adam Mossoff. Many you already know Mr. Van Dyke from previous INCA  meetings. Ray is a patent attorney and licensing executive. Mr. Mossoff is  a Professor at Law at George Mason University who specializes in intellectual  property, internet law, legal history, natural rights  philosophy, patents and property law. See both Ray and Adam’s bios at the  following two links respectively.

http://www.rayvandyke.com/about
http://www.law.gmu.edu/faculty/directory/fulltime/mossoff_adam

The July 18, 2011 meeting will also feature Dennis Van Dusen and Michael Rutler of the new startup company Incremensa. According to Mr. Rutler Incremensa is “currently developing a platform to help with the process of innovation. Key themes are ontologies, taxonomies, crowd-sourcing, and mapping/tree/database technologies.” Mr. Van Dusen, Incremensa’s founder, is a board member of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington & Baltimore. Dennis and Michael will speak about their company for about 5-10 minutes and field questions from the audience for an additional 5-10 minutes.

The August 15, 2011 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Note, that the meeting is on the third Monday of the month. The meeting starts with networking at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by announcements and  the introduction of the speaker or meeting topic. This month’s meeting we will have an inventors roundtable discussion and extended networking time. An inventors roundtable discussion is an open forum where people can ask questions about the patenting, prototyping, licensing, marketing, and other product development issues. This type of discussion format may be of special interest to newer guests and members as it provides an opportunity to get answers to a variety of basic to advanced questions. Let me know if you would like to serve on a panel that helps moderate the inventors roundtable. The extended networking time will allow extra opportunities for members, guests, and first time meeting attendees to trade ideas, share information, and to get to know one another.

The September 19, 2011 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. The meeting starts with networking at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by announcements and  the introduction of the speakers and meeting topic. This meeting will include a panel discussion on how the recent patent reform bill may alter patenting strategy and practice for small business and independent inventors. The discussion panel will host local inventor and INCA vice president Maurice Daniel, patent attorney Steve Ngo,  patent attorney Arash Behravesh, and Litman Law’s Chief Patent Officer Richard J. ApleyWith the patent law landscape changing this may be a meeting you don’t want to miss.

The October 17, 2011 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Note, that the meeting is on the third Monday of the month.The meeting starts with networking at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by announcements and the introduction of the speaker or meeting topic.

Christopher Hawker and Abraham Alexander of Trident Design LLC are this months speakers. Christopher and Abraham are inventors, industrial designers, and marketing & licensing gurus.Trident Design LLCs website states Trident Design works with companies and inventors to develop innovative products that inspire desire and transform markets with a combination of joyful design, perfected function and superb quality. Christopher and Abraham will be speaking at INCA via Skype meeting.

Their presentation will include three case studies on three different inventions. Each case study has a different story of how an inventor brought their invention to market. One case study is about someone who manufactures and sells their invention. Another case study is about an inventor who has their invention manufactured by a contract manufacturer and then sell their product to consumers. Another case study is about an inventor who licensed their invention directly to a company without manufacturing it first.

Christopher and Abraham will also present on their companys process on how they take an invention from the very first stages all they way to licensing. There will also be an opportunity to as them questions about their company and the inventing process. We will also try to have their presentation broadcast via the internet so you might be able to watch via the web at home.

The November 21, 2011 Inventors Network of the Capital Area meeting is 5:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Note, that the meeting is on the third Monday of the month. The meeting starts with networking at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by announcements and the introduction of the speaker or meeting topic. This month’s meeting will feature Brian Fried of GotInventionRadio.com. GotInventionRadio.com features experienced inventors and intellectual property experts as guests on its weekly internet radio show. Brian will be joining the meeting via Skype meeting. We will also try to have his presentation broadcast via the internet so you might be able to watch Brian’s presentation via the web at home.

The Inventors Network of the Capital Area holiday party will be Tuesday December 13, 2011 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124. The party will be in the Social Hall of the Program Building.

Award winning inventor and INCA member Raoul Drapeau will be hosting this event. Please bring your favorite dinner entree, salad, or dessert dish to the party for a potluck holiday feast. The Social Hall has a kitchen so if you bring a crock-pot or fondue pot that needs to stay connected to power, you’re in luck. Also bring a prototype or production model of your favorite patented invention.

 

 

Past Meetings 2010


January 19, 2010
Keith Barritt of Fish & Richardson PC. Mr. Barritt will be giving a presentation “Trademarks 101.” Keith’s bio can be found at http://www.fr.com/my_bio.cfm?id=50.

February 16, 2010
John Weatherspoon Ph.D. Esq. of Weatherspoon IP Law will be speaking on filing PCT patent applications.

March 15, 2010
This meeting will feature patent attorney and IPWatchdog.com founder Gene Quinn. Mr. Quinn will be speaking on patenting basics and patent reform. He will also be talking about his brand new creation, the IPWatchdog Social Network, “A Social Network for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Attorneys, Artists and Businesses.” Gene will be available before and after the formal part of the meeting to answer your questions concerning intellectual property.

April 26, 2010
The Licensing Executives Society  (LES) DC chapter, US Patent & Trademark
Office (USPTO) and the Inventors  Network of the Capital Area (INCA) are
planning a joint meeting/class on  intellectual property licensing for World IP
Day. The class is “PDS 100:  Commercializing Technology Through the Power of
IP Licensing”. This class will start at 8:30 AM in the Jefferson Building first floor conference room.

A free networking reception, “Around the World”,  hosted by LES and the
USPTO will take place, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, after  the licensing class. If you
are not attending the above class please  register online for this free
reception. This networking reception is also at  the US Patent Office location
mentioned above.

Our monthly INCA meeting will  take place after the LES networking event.
This meeting will  start at 6:30 pm and go to approximately 8:00 pm. The
meeting format  will be a roundtable discussion and networking time.
Instructors from the LES class will be available during this time for your  questions
about licensing. This meeting will also be held in the US Patent Office’s
Madison Auditorium.

May 24, 2010
Our May 2010 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, the 24th (fourth Monday of the month) at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. The speakers will include the following three individuals.

Peter Kosztolnik of Northern Virginia Graphics, Inc. is a professional patent illustrator with 25 years experience. Peter has major patent law  firms and inventors as clients. He will be speaking about patent drawings. His website is www.nvg-inc.com.

The other speaker, Scott Michnick, is a TV producer working on a series about inventors for the Discovery Channel. His website is www.krakenpictures.com.

Below is a photo of a MakerBot 3D Printer printing out a plastic pulley wheel. This printer uses ABS plastic filament, a “plastruder” heated plastic extruder nozzle,  X, Y, and Z moving components, and a computer running G-code to print 3D parts designed in CAD (computer aided design) programs. Glen Kotapish will be bringing this system to next Monday’s (May 24, 2010) INCA meeting for a demo and brief talk. This system is created from a kit available from MakerBot Industries, Brooklyn, NY. See more at www.MakerBot.com.

June 21, 2010
Our June 2010 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, June 21, 2010 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Our guest speakers are Anne Kelly and Don Kelly. They helped launch INCA almost exactly 17 years ago. Both enjoyed long careers at the US Patent & Trademark Office and other federal agencies and now are principals at Intellectual Asset Management Associates, LLC based in Alexandria, VA. Anne will share her popular “Booth Truths – – Those Things You Simply Must NOT Do When Exhibiting Inventions.” Don will offer insight on what to do first when coming up with that great invention: “When Lightning Strikes.

July 19, 2010
Our July 2010 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, July 19, 2010 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. The speaker for this meeting will be patent attorney Ray VanDyke. See more about Ray at his website http://rayvandyke.com/about. Mr. VanDyke will be speaking on “The Bilski decision: helpful or harmful to inventors?” In Re Bilski is a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concerning the patentability of methods, especially business methods. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_re_Bilski for more information.

August 23, 2010
Our August 2010 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Patent attorney Steve Ngo of Arlington, Virginia will be speaking on the patent prosecution process. Steve has worked for several different intellectual property law firms since graduating from law school in 1998.

September 20, 2010
Our September 2010 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, September 20, 2010 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099.

John Melius, inventor of the award winning Morfin swim fins, will be our Monday, September 20, 2010 speaker. John’s website is http://www.mor-fin.com . He will be speaking on his invention and also how he is changing his marketing strategies based on information he has learned from books written by marketing guru and inventor Doug Hall.

Doug’s books include:

  • Jump Start Your Brain with David Wecker
  • Maverick Mindset with David Wecker
  • Jump Start Your BUSINESS Brain
  • Jump Start Your MARKETING Brain

John will also speak on Planet Eureka, Doug Hall’s latest project. Planet Eureka is an online marketplace where innovators/inventors and manufacturers can meet. For more on Planet Eureka see http://planeteureka.com/marketplace/

INCA is planning a Planet Eureka workshop for inventors with patents or patent pending status. John will talk about this workshop at the September 20 meeting.

October 18, 2010
Our October 2010 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, October 18, 2010 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. Mike Bucci, inventor of several painting accessories and a manual hose pump, will be this month’s speaker. He will be sharing about his patenting, prototyping, manufacturing and selling adventures. See his products at www.painterspyramid.comwww.craft-n-spin.com,  www.finishingturntable.com, and  www.slide-n-pump.com.November 15,  2010
Our November 2010 meeting is 5:30 pm on Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043-2099. We have three speakers for this month’s meeting.

  • Dana Knowles inventor of Kuphs wrist apparel will give an update about her product and her October trip to Bradley Communications’ National Publicity Summit in New York City. This event helps authors, product developers, and others reach out to various print and television news media. The event does not accept everyone who applies and there is a fee to attend for those accepted.
  • Jeff Wadlin, inventor of a scented air freshener for air ducts, will speak on “Online Outsourcing on the Cheap.” Here is what Jeff says his talk will be on: “I’ll show folks some of the websites I’ve used to find freelancers to do bits of my project.  I’ll login to the various sites and show how I posted the work I needed done, selected a vendor, and worked through the job with them. The things I’ve done this way are my logo, website, product engineering, packaging, marketing material, prototype fabrication, and product manufacturing quotes.” Websites Jeff has used to find service providers include www.guru.comwww.elance.comwww.alibaba.comwww.99designs.com, andwww.laserrepro.com.
  • Glen Kotapish will speak on the www.planeteureka.com presentation given at the recent US Patent & Trademark Office inventor conference.
  • The remainder of the meeting time will include an inventors roundtable discussion and networking.

December 10, 2010
Our December 2010 meeting and holiday party is 5:00 pm on Friday, December 10, 2010 at the home of Barbara & Jerry Porter in Kensington, MD. Newcomers and regular attendees are all welcome. Bring a guest and your favorite holiday dinner or dessert dish or drink – along with your favorite patented or patent pending invention – or favorite inventor help book.

 

Past Meetings 2009

 

January 22, 2009
Art Espy, CEO of 4steps2.com, will be this month’s speaker. Mr. Espy is an inventor’s mentor and coach. Art’s company guides clients through critical steps toward commercialization. His company’s website www.4steps2.com outlines essential strategy steps for inventor teams and individuals.

February 17, 2009
Eret McNichols, a patent attorney with Maier & Maier, an Alexandria, Virginia law firm will be speaking on avoiding inventor pitfalls.

March 17, 2009
Andrea Evans will share her experience as a former patent examiner and current patent attorney. Andrea will speak on “Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights: Things you need to know before, during and after you file”. Her topic will also cover how a patent examiner examines a patent application. Your questions are also welcome. Ms. Evans’s bio can be found on her firm’s website is www.evansiplaw.com. Elections for INCA president, vice president, and treasurer will be held during this meeting. See our Meetings page for a map of our meeting location, Metro rail stop details, and more information.

April 29, 2009
INCA member Victoria Closson will be speaking on the experience she has gained bringing her invention, the “Headbone” chair pillow, to market. Victoria’s website is www.theheadbone.com.

May 19, 2009
This meeting will feature an inventors’ “round table” discussion. Come with your questions and insights.

June 16, 2009
Patent attorneys John Weatherspoon and Chris Anidobe of Dobe Law Group will give a talk on “Practical Tips for Obtaining Effective and Enforceable U.S. Patents.” This talk should be a useful overview for inventors at all stages.

July 20, 2009
Our July speaker is Richard C. Levy, a local prolific toy inventor and author of many inventor help books. Richard will be speaking on the state of the toy industry and also on his update to his Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cashing in On Your Inventions. Mr. Levy has also written a book for toy and game inventors. See more info on this book at: www.greatideagear.com/toybook Richard’s talks are full of humor, energy, and interesting insights. His information and stories are useful to inventors working in many areas, not just toys and games.

August 17, 2009
Our August speaker will be Louis Foreman, the executive producer of the Emmy award–winning PBS show Everyday Edisons, the founder and CEO of Enventys, a product-development firm working with major consumer product manufacturers and leading retailers, and the publisher of Inventors Digest magazine.Copies of Louis’ new book The Independent Inventor’s Handbook will be available to people attending this meeting. Louis will be speaking about his new book and other entrepreneurial endeavors.

September 22, 2009
This month’s speaker will feature inventor and entrepreneur Mark Gottlieb of LogicMark. Mark has spoken at previous INCA meetings about his various electronic inventions and businesses. At that time Mr. Gottlieb owned an electronics firm DesignTech International, which he has since sold. At this month’s meeting he will be speaking on his recent business creations, inventions, licensing experiences, buying and selling patents, marketing, commercialization, and other entrepreneurial topics.

October 19, 2009
October’s speaker will feature Sang Go. Mr. Go will be speaking on using the free 3D drawing tool Google Sketchup in order to draw models of your invention

November 3, 2009
Extra November meeting. 5:30 PM Tuesday, November 3, 2009 INCA and the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) will be hosting an extra November meeting. The location for this extra meeting will be at the USPTO’s Alexandria, VA  headquarters Madison Auditorium (south). The following link has directions, transportation and parking information: http://www.uspto.gov/main/directions_alex.htm The speakers will be Stephen Key, who is the keynote speaker for the November 4-6, 2009 USPTO inventor conference and John Calvert, administrator of the Inventor Assistance Program at the USPTO. The inventors conference will be taking place at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA (see the next paragraph for more information on this event). Mr. Key, an experienced and successful inventor, will be speaking on how to turn your patent into a licensable product. Learn more about him at his website http://www.inventright.comand the following links:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdd_GBg9dXw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdd_GBg9dXw

United States Patent & Trademark Office 14th Annual Independent Inventors Conference isNovember 4, 5, and 6, 2009. See http://www.invent.org/iic/ to register, find out about speakers and topics, lodging, and directions. This conference offers great value to those who attend. Speakers include successful inventors, intellectual property experts, and top US Patent & Trademark Office officials. The meeting is at the US Patent & Trademark headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

November 18, 2009
Our regular monthly November meeting is Wednesday, November 18, 2009. The meeting will be at a NEW time, 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and a NEW location, the George Mason Library, 7001 Little River Tpke, Annandale, VA 22003-5975. The George Mason library’s main phone number is 703-256-3800. Warren Tuttle, a successful housewares inventor and product scout for Lifetime brands will be speaking at this meeting. Warren is a member of the United Inventors Association board of directors. Read more about Mr. Tuttle at the following links:
http://www.allbusiness.com/retail/retailers-electronics-appliance-retailing/12276581-1.html
http://www.meetup.com/manhattan-inventors/calendar/8474725/
http://www.inventorsalliance.org/newsletters/iabac_12_09_06_Steve_Colby_Warren_Tuttle.html

December 7, 2009
Our December meeting & Holiday party is Monday the 7th. The party will be at the home Barbara and Jerry Porter. There will be food at this event, but you are welcome to bring snacks, drinks, or a dinner/dessert dish. Also feel free to bring along your prototype of a patented invention you are working on. This Holiday party is open to members and newcomers alike.

Past Meetings 2008


January 22, 2008
The meeting topic is on patent reform and how it may adversely effect both businesses and independent inventors. Chris Gallagher of Amberwave, Stan Fendley of Corning Inc., and Richard J. Apley of Litman Law will be our guest speakers.

February 19, 2008
The guest speaker is Allen L. Phelps, CEO of Innovation Data Solutions (IDS), LLC. Allen will be speaking on protecting intellectual property in a global marketplace. Mr. Phelps worked for the U.S. government in technology counter proliferation before founding his company. IDS provides its clients with information on companies that may potentially be infringing their technologies. Learn more about Allen’s company by visiting their website Innovation Data Solutions.

March 17, 2008
Our March meeting speaker is Andy Zhang. Mr. Zhang is a Braille mobile phone inventor, author, and entrepreneur. Andy will be speaking on doing business in China. His talk will cover the surge of patent applications in China, an overview of China and its market potential, how to apply for a patent in China, and how to find a business partner and or manufacturer in China. Check out his website www.AndyZhang.infoThis meeting will also include our annual INCA elected officer nominations and elections.

April 21, 2008
This meeting will feature an “Inventor’s Roundtable” discussion headed by our new President, Andy Kennedy. Come with your ideas, insights, opinions, questions, answers, and comments.

May 19, 2008
This meeting will feature local inventor Frampton Ellis who will speak on his footwear inventions and licensing experiences. John Calvert of the US Patent & Trademark Office will speak on an opportunity in which INCA can help inventors.

June 16, 2008
This meeting will feature Riaz Virani, an undergrad student at Johns Hopkins University. Riaz works for the Hopkins Technology Commercialization Agency (HTCA). He will speak on HTCA’s intellectual property research and consulting services and their current plans to reach out to private inventors.

July 21, 2008
This meeting will feature Riaz Virani, an undergrad student at Johns Hopkins University. Riaz works for the Hopkins Technology Commercialization Agency (HTCA). He will speak on HTCA’s intellectual property research and consulting services and their current plans to reach out to private inventors. Riaz spoke at the June 2008 INCA meeting that unfortunately was cut short due to bad weather and a power outage at the library.

August 18, 2008
This meeting will feature Keith B. Segerson, Managing Director of the Mason Enterprise Center of George Mason University . He will speak on how this organization helps entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed.

September 15, 2008
Michael Q. Lee, director of the Washington DC intellectual property law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox P.L.L.C., and vice president elect of the Licensing Executives Society, will be speaking on commercializing intellectual property via licensing.

October 20, 2008
Inventors round table open discussion.

November 17,  2008
Licensing expert and attorney Andrew J. Levison will be speaking on licensing agreements best practices.Mr. Levison will be most likely returning to speak at an INCA meeting in 2009. Look to our meetings page for an announcement on his return. See his biography below.

Mr. Levison is a sole practitioner attorney in the area of intellectual property law who has also served as a corporate vice president of copyright and trademark licensing. He has over twenty five years of experience in the drafting and negotiation of licensing agreements from both the licensor (grantor of rights) and licensee (user of rights) perspective. He is also in the practice of drafting and negotiating all forms of business contracts. In addition, Mr. Levison, provides trademark and copyright registration services to his clients.

His clients have included manufacturing companies that make and distribute many types of products including toys, house – wares (both soft and hard lines), motor scooters and computer-related products. His practice also includes the representation of inventors and artists.

He has served as a Vice President of Licensing at ISIX, Inc., (a subsidiary of Hasbro Toys), Senior Director of Licensing at Universal Studios and Vice President of Licensing and Licensed Product Development at TSR Hobbies, Inc. (the creators of the Dungeons & Dragons Role Play Game System).

He has appeared as a panelist on symposiums on licensing at The American International Toy Fair and at the SURTEX Design Show in New York City, as a speaker at the Interactive Media Conferences in New York and Los Angeles on the topic of “Licensing In Interactive Media”.  Mr. Levison is an instructor of attorneys and licensing industry executives and managers at the annual symposium entitled, “Anatomy of a License Agreement” held in New York City.

December 8, 2008
The INCA holiday party will be at Jerry Porter’s house in Maryland. There will be plenty of food and snacks at the party, but feel free to bring your favorite holiday food.

Past Meetings 2007

 

January 18, 2007
Even if you are not planning on attending the Everyday Edisons casting call on Saturday 01-20-07, you may want to attend tomorrow night’s (01-18-07) meeting. In addition to being a judge on the Everyday Edisons casting crew, Louis Foreman is CEO of Enventys, a company that develops ideas from concept to distribution. Louis will be at tomorrow night’s meeting. I’ve asked him to share about his company, the TV show, and marketing.

January 23, 2007
Patent attorneys Russell S. Travers, Ph.D. Esq. and Konstantina M. Katcheves, M.S., Esq. (both ex-patent US Patent & Trademark Office patent examiners) will be sharing on how to deal with patent examiner “rejection” of your patent application.

February 26, 2007
Steven P. Hefferon will be speaking to INCA about marketing your product on the internet. One of Mr. Hefferon’s businesses/products can be found at www.losethebackpain.com.

We may also be hosting, Colin Drane, a representative of the Maryland-based television marketing/infomercial company Brand New Direct at the next/Monday 2-26-07 INCA meeting. He may give a short talk on his invention and also the inventions he has sold on TV. More information on his company can be found at http://www.brandnewdirect.com/home.html

March 28, 2007
Bob Gootzit of Precision CAD/CAM Systems (PCS) of Hunt Valley, Maryland will be speaking on prototyping and in particular rapid prototyping.

April 30, 2007
At our April 30 meeting Konstantina M. Katcheves, M.S., Esq of Travers Katcheves & Associates will be speaking on patent licensing basics. Her firm’s website is www.traverskatcheves.com. Be sure to be early to the April 30 meeting as we will be giving away twenty free copies of Inventors Digest magazine. Inventors Digest donated the copies as part of their upcoming re-launch under a new editor and publisher.

May 21, 2007
During our May 21, 2007 meeting patent attorney Russ Travers of Travers, Katcheves & Associates (www.traverskatcheves.com) will speak on patents and patent application basics. Russ is an inventor and formerly worked as a patent examiner at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. We still have some free copies of the latest Inventors Digest magazine to give away at this meeting.

June 18, 2007
During our June 18, 2007 meeting INCA Vice President Maurice Daniel will be leading a round table discussion.

July 16, 2007
During our July 16, 2007 meeting Ellen Galant and Catherine Shaw, of MediaStudio, will be speaking about branding and marketing. MediaStudio is a branding, marketing, media design, and strategy company local to Falls Church, Virginia. Visit their website MediaStudio.com.

August 20, 2007
During our August 20, 2007 former US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) patent examiner and current patent attorney Bijan Tadayon will be our speaker. Bijan will be answering your questions concerning patent claim construction, patent reform, and more (questions concerning patents, business, and entrepreneurship). He will also share about two lectures he is giving at the USPTO the week before this meeting concerning information technology issues and patent portfolio valuation.

September 17, 2007
Jean-Yves F. Van Halle a financial advisor with Citi Smith Barney will be this month’s speaker. In a roundtable discussion format Mr. Van Halle will present the financial side of commercializing an invention. He will focus on finding angel inventors, growing a company, and how to bring the company public. See his resume at: Jean-Yves Van Halle Resume

October 15, 2007
Richard Neifeld of Neifeld Law PC will speak on how recent changes to patent rules have changed the patenting world. Richard’s presentation will also cover proposed changes to patent laws and how they may impact the patent practice for patent attorneys/agents, inventors, and business. See his company’s website for articles he has written on these topics. Neifeld.com

For more background on these issues, especially the current patent reform bill before the senate, do a search on Google for “senate patent act 2007.”

November 19, 2007
John Melius, inventor of the award winning Mor-Fin low-drag scuba swim fins will be November’s speaker. He will speak on the patenting, prototyping, manufacturing, and retailing of his invention. Visit his websiteMor-Fin.com. Raoul Drapeau, inventor of a Henkel Innovation Trophy winning spray bottle, will also speak about his invention. Frampton Ellis will show a DVD video excerpt of his interview on Public Television’s Nightly Business Report concerning patent reform.

December 10, 2007
The INCA holiday party will be at Jerry Porter’s home. Jerry is the inventor of an improved turkey baster, newly designed sipper cup and many other inventions. Bring your prototypes to this meeting for your elevator speeches, demos, and show & tell. Also feel free to bring some desserts and snacks.

 

Past Meetings 2006

 

January 23, 2006
At this month’s INCA meeting we had the unique opportunity to host speakers that have a great deal of experience helping entrepreneurs and inventors in many different areas of business. Please read below the short topic descriptions and longer bios concerning the speakers.

Patricia Xeller, Business Development Manager, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, will be speaking on a variety of programs available to entrepreneurs and inventors in the Maryland area. She has consulted with inventors, entrepreneur startup companies, and large companies such as Lockheed Martin. More info

Henry Ahn, M.B.A. is Program Manager, Technology Funding Programs, Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO), will be speaking on programs to aid startup companies in the areas of product development and licensing. TEDCO’s focus is on high tech and biotech companies. More info

Dr. Martha Connolly, Director, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), University of Maryland will be speaking on programs designed to connect inventors and entrepreneurs with the University of Maryland and other institutions. More info

Ray Dizon of the Maryland Venture Fund will be speaking on issues related to raising venture capital for your business. An article on the Maryland Venture Fund (Note: there is no bio available for Mr. Dizon at this time.)

February 27, 2006
Arash Behravesh, patent attorney, will speak on the fundamentals of intellectual property law and strategy at. Website: www.pkpatentlaw.com.

Arash Behravesh’s extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical arts includes technical expertise in metallurgy, organic chemistry as well as polymer chemistry. More info

March 27, 2006
Our president, Glen Kotapish, has held our march meeting open for inventor 5-minute and 10-minute presentations. VP Maurice Daniels has asked Ray Gilbert 703 971 7443 to preside over a 2006 – 2007 officer election.

Richard Leshuk will introduce this session with a brief discussion about “What an inventor can and should say about a product, idea or new process”.

Bryan Ruffner will update INCA members on his robotic project and his current needs. Bryan’s friend, Anthony Brown, a new inventor to INCA will share description of his project and his approach to its market.

E-mail includes a lot of comments about American Inventor. That subject’s pros and cons inevitably will be spoken-to during the meeting.

Ray will be conducting an election process that is compatible with our by-laws. A list of candidates has been offered by phone to him, and the March card also solicits volunteers for this year’s officer-ship.

April 24, 2006
INCA member John Melius will share about the creative, business, patent, and prototyping challenges he has experienced while bringing his evolutionary swim fin to life. See his website, www.mor-fin.com , for more on John’s really cool Mor-Fins.

May 22, 2006
Jonathan Aberman of Amplifier Venture Partners will be speaking at our MAY 22nd meeting on Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists.

June 26, 2006
INCA member David Whiteis talked on his recent appearance on the American Inventor TV show on ABC TV. He made it to the final 24 with his Video Gift Box invention, and video of his Bubble Ring Generator invention was shown on every single episode. Website: bubblerings.com

July 24, 2006
Bijan Tadayon spoke on the patenting process and invited an open discussion afterward. E-mail:bijantadayon@comcast.net and his number is301-294-0434

August 21, 2006
Open meeting.

September 18, 2006
Ron Riley, president of the Professional Inventors Alliance and founder of www.inventored.org.

October 16, 2006
Don Kelly, CEO of the Intellectual Asset Management Associates (IAMA), will be speaking on patenting, licensing and negotiating deals. Before founding IAMA Don worked in many other roles in the field of intellectual property which included working for the US Patent & Trademark Office.
See his bio

November 20, 2006
Richard J. Apley of Litman Law will be speaking on patents and other issues of importance to independent inventors. Before joining Litman Law Dick worked for the US Patent & Trademark Office’s Independent Inventor Program. See his bio

Speakers: James H. Daly and Daniel J. Eisenberg, Wood & Eisenberg PLLC www.Premierpatents.com

Topic points:

  • Newest revision to “Procedure to Make Special” (effective 8/25/2006)
  • Purpose/Goal of revision
  • Claim limitations
  • Additional application requirements
  • New handling procedures for accelerated applications
  • Who should/should not use the new procedure
  • Pros and Cons
  • Q&A

December 18, 2006
Mike Messenger, Director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C. will be speaking on the “Impact of U.S. Patent Reform Proposals on Inventors and Small Invention-based Businesses.”

 

Past Meetings 2005


January 24, 2005
Our speaker for this meeting is David Dougherty, Patent Attorney at Dennison Schultz, Dougherty & MacDonald, of Alexandria, Virginia.

February 28, 2005
Rodger Flagg, Inventor and patent research company, Express Search, owner and founder.

March 21, 2005
Frederick Provorny, Director of the Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

April 25, 2005
Kathie Kirik of the USPTO and a supervisory patent examiner, also of the USPTO, will be speaking on the USPTO’s 2005 Independent Inventor Conference and on other issues. This year’s Independent Inventor Conference will be held at the site of the USPTO’s new headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

May 16, 2005
Raoul Drapeau, INCA member, and Terri Raines of the USPTO will be speaking on the USPTO’s Electronic Filing System (EFS). Raoul will speak on his experience with the existing EFS and Terri will speak on the improved new version of the EFS.

June 20, 2005
Christopher Wood, a patent attorney with the firm Wood, Ngo and Eisenberg PLLC, will be speaking on patent application drafting in the biotechnology & biochemical art. He is also open to speaking on other topics related to the patent prosecution field. Chris has a B.S. with honors in Microbiology from the University of Wales, a M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Central Lancashire, a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Glasgow, and a J.D. from the DePaul Law School. Chris has prepared and/or prosecuted over 100 patent applications in a variety of technical areas, including pharmaceutical, immunology, industrial, tissue culture, surgical devices, microbiological, downstream processing, chemical, biochemical, bioinformatics, agro biotechnology, telecommunications, software and mechanical. Chris is an expert in handling DNA and amino acid sequences. Chris has worked on patent projects for several Fortune 100 Companies including: ADM, Abbott, MERCK; and not-for-profit organizations including Scripps Clinic while working for top rated law firms.

July 18, 2005
Dr. Shyla Shirodkar, a patent attorney, will be speaking on “Design-Around Patent Strategies for Patentees and Competitors” (see abstract below). She received her Ph.D. from University of New Hampshire in Organic Chemistry, and her law degree from Pace University. Her experience includes working at national intellectual property firms of Fish and Richardson P.C. and Pillsbury Winthrop. Prior to her legal career, Dr. Shirodkar managed projects and obtained several patents as an inventor/research chemist at Texaco R&D. She prosecutes patent applications, prepares opinions such as non-infringement, validity and clearance opinions, counsels clients in all areas of chemistry, with emphasis on pharmaceuticals, small molecules, polymers, specialty chemicals and material sciences as well as advises clients on Food and Drug Administration regulations with special emphasis on Hatch-Waxman issues. In her spare time, she enjoys speaking on patent related topics, running, organic gardening and keeping up with her two rambunctious boys.

Abstract: Patentees and competitors must take proactive steps to handle design-around issues related to intellectual property matters. Scenario: Your company has created a new invention and secured an issued patent claiming the invention. Patenting your invention is an important step in commercializing and marketing an inventive product; you have a market-driven incentive to invest in innovation. But is your patent “design-around” proof? Using a design-around strategy, a competitor can produce an equivalent product which is legally non-infringing on a patentee’s issued patent. Successful design-around strategies can not only present a time and cost savings in terms of research and development costs, legal fees and potential litigation costs, but also minimize the delay in commercializing an equivalent product. For example, by designing around, a competitor has the incentive to potentially capture a significant market share by producing an equivalent product while undercutting the patentee’s profits. This talk discusses design-around strategies available to achieving both competitors’ and patentees’ goals.

August 15, 2005
Members of the product development and marketing team for the iBOT 4000(tm) will be speaking and demonstrating the iBOT 4000(tm) wheelchair. Martha Najib, a product consultant for iBOT(tm) will be one of the speakers.

The iBOT(tm) 4000, pictured below, is a four wheeled robotic wheelchair with gyroscopic stabilization and other technologies. This wheelchair has been designed to climb stairs and allow the user to access all of their kitchen cabinets while standing on its back wheels.

Independence Technology, LLC, who developed the iBOT 4000(tm) is a Johnson & Johnson company. The iBOT(tm) mobility system was invented by Dean Kamen (who also invented the Segway Human Transporter). See the links below to learn more about the iBOT 4000(tm):

The iBOT(r) Mobility System
Photo Gallery

September 19, 2005
Rodger Flagg, inventor and founder of Express Search. Rodger will be speaking on the value of receiving a thorough patent search.

October 17, 2005
Richard C. Levy, president of Richard C. Levy & Associates, is a professional inventor of toys and games and an author. In the past 26+ years, he has licensed 125+ concepts, including Furby, the animatronic creature that sold 43 million units between 1998-2000. An enhanced Furby has been re-introduced by Hasbro this year.

His licensees range from Hasbro and Mattel to General Foods and P&G. Richard has created best-selling board games such as these based upon popular books: Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus(Mattel), and Chicken Soup For The Soul (Cardinal).

Richard’s newest family board games include: (1) “Can You Beat Ken?” (University Games). Players match wits with Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings; (2) “Mental Floss” (Pressman). Funny, quirky, trivia with a twist. www.mentalfloss.com; and (3) Adverteasing (Cadaco). Players recall popular commercials, slogans, and jingles.

Richard has written twelve books. The most recent titles are: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cashing In on Your Inventions, and The Toy and Game Inventor’s Handbook, both published by Alpha, an imprint of Penguin-Putnam. These books can be seen here.

His products have combined retail sales of over $1 billion.

November 21, 2005
Dick Apley of Litman Law will be speaking patent applications and other intellectual property issues. Mr. Apley is the former head of the United States Patent & Trademark Office of Independent Inventor Programs.

December 20, 2005
INCA Holiday Party