San Diego Inventors Forum
May 2016

A big thanks to Paul Morinville of U.S. Inventor for speaking at SDIF in April and telling us about the defeat of H.R. 9, a bill that would have been very detrimental to independent inventors. Thanks also to Randy Landreneau for his efforts to stop this bill--and to all of you who wrote your representatives to express your opposition. We won! 

If you missed last month, Adrian Pelkus presented 19 Mistakes Inventors Make. Adrian coaches inventors every week at his company A-Squared Technologies.   Thanks also to George Levy of Patents and Ventures for offering a free patent search. 

This month we turn our attention to trade shows--why go, how to choose the right ones, how to prepare, creating your display, making a game plan, and secrets for success on the show floor. Our presenter will be Judith Balian, a trade show veteran with over 20 years experience in exhibiting a major shows and conferences.  An inventor herself, Judith has assisted many SDIF members as they prepared to show off their inventions to the world.

And you won't want to miss our Inventor of the Month, Ken Stanwood of Wi-LAN who has over 100 patents to his credit and has licensed his technology all over the world. 

Thursday, May 12
Doors open at 6:30 for Networking
Conference Center at AMN HealthCare, 12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130
Meeting starts at 7:00  
$10 fee includes a snack and drink (correct change appreciated!)

SDIF is a fabulous resource for inventors, and it just wouldn't be possible without our sponsors. These are people who are often inventors themselves who provide services to our members. Please check them out below.

SDIF - The Place to Be
SDIF monthly meetings are the ideal place to get help on all aspects of inventing as well as make new contacts. Unlike other inventors' organizations, we have no costly annual dues or membership requirements. All you need is a desire to learn about the world of inventing and to network with like-minded people. Whether you're an inventor or a service provider to inventors, SDIF is the place to be the second Thursday of each month!

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Articles to motivate and educate members posted daily.
New Kickstarter Campaign
Josh Rifkin's HEART First helps cancer patients and all the people in their caring support (family, friends, caregivers, healthcare professionals) cope with and find real-time relief from the physical, mental, and spiritual pain this dread disease causes. Please check out and support this worthy Kickstarter Campaign.

America's Greatest Makers
Casting is now open for Season 2 of this exciting cable show. 

Check out Intel's website for clips of past shows and apply online.  Download a flyer here...
Sponsors & Inventor Stories Wanted
SDIF Sponsors wanted!!!
-Platinum Sponsors - $2500-On banner and introduced at contest, Speaker of the Month, post in newsletter, website, and on monthly Agenda
-Gold - $1000- Speaker of the Month, post in newsletter, website and monthly agenda
-Silver -$500 - post in newsletter, website and monthly Agenda
-Bronze -$100 - post in newsletter & website

Nationwide webinars are planned!  Stay tuned for more information.

SDIF needs stories about and by inventors! We are calling for volunteers to help gather and write stories or folks to send theirs.  Contact Adrian if you're interested. 

Send us yours or Become an "Inventor of the Month"!
Time onstage (10 minutes) to pitch your product and get feedback.
Help motivate other inventors, come tell your story!

SDIF Memberships
SDIF now has memberships.  Regulars can pay $10 monthly at the desk or become members. One year for $100.

Membership Benefits
Discount 2 months off regular price
Monthly admission to local meetings
Subscription to Monthly Newsletter
Free Webinar & new videos link
1 free listing for Members New Product Showcase
2 Seats at the 2016 Contest
Freebies for SDIF Members
Free Patent Search Lotto

One of our SDIF sponsors, Patent Agent George Levy of Patents and Ventures will hold a drawing at Thursday's meeting for a free patent search--what's not to like about that?  One more reason to come to the meeting!  Reach George by email. 

Going Kickstarter?

Thinking of starting a Kickstarter campaign?  How will you let people know about your Kickstarter initiative?  Here's an offer that's too good to pass up!

From now through May 31, inventor and SDIF member Judith Balian of Excoveries will create a FREE mobile-friendly email template with your branding, an email list upload, and free online training.  Contact Judith for details.    760.436.8848
Response Expo Winners
Congratulations to our SDIF friends Pieceptions for winning Best New Concept at the Response Expo!

One more example of how talented and creative SDIF members are--now let's all go have a cup of coffee and a piece of pie!
Newsletter Help Wanted
SDIF is seeking someone to create additional emails as needed.  In addition to our regular monthly newsletters, we often have special announcements and need help getting those posted. You will be added as a Contributor and mentioned at meetings' end when we thank everyone who helps.


Writing ability
An eye for design (fonts, sizing, etc.)
Knowledge of Constant Contact would be a plus (but we have the template)
A little knowledge of HTML would be helpful 

Training provided.

Please email Adrian or Judith Balian if you are interested.  

Wishing you an inventive day and hoping to see you on Thursday!         

Adrian Pelkus  


Adrian Pelkus, Chairman
San Diego Inventors Forum
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Resources for Inventors
Development Council

The mission of the San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network is to provide superior business consulting and education that results in entrepreneurial success and economic growth and prosperity for California. Over the last five years the network has assisted more than 12,000 business owners raise capital, increase revenue and create jobs. Under the guidance of professional consultants, our clients have generated more than $41 million in capital infusion into the local economy.

Consulting is complimentary to businesses that are ready to grow and is available in a private setting at one of four centers and six outreach locations. The SBDC offers guidance on how to reduce the cost of operations, increase sales and market share, financing, money management, exporting internationally, marketing and online marketing, patent and technology commercialization, and market research. To learn more about these valuable resources, visit their website or contact Carol Wiley at 619.216.6690 or 

United Inventors1

SDIF is a member of the United Inventors Association is the Inventor Industry's national membership foundation dedicated to inventor education and support.  Learn more...

CONNECT Springboard offers free guidance and development to life sciences, clean-tech, high tech and consumer product companies in all stages of development, ranging from concept, technology transfer to start-up. Contact: Steve Hoey, Director, Springboard Program & Innovation Research at or by phone at 858.964-1308   Learn more...

SCORE can help you start a new business or improve your present business. For more information about the SCORE San Diego's free small business counseling and the low-cost workshop series, call 619.557.7272 or visit their website

San Diego Inventors Forum Sponsors


A-Squared Tech Adrian Pelkus, CEO 
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Sheppard Mullin  
Amy J. Romaker Director of Client Service Teams 
12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130-2006 
858.720.8900 | main
858.720.7403 | direct
Leslie Wagner
Leslie F. Wagner
Intellectual Property and Licensing Consultant
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Patents and Ventures
        George Levy
         Patent Agent

Inventions into Income  
Product Development
Ben Gage 
  Sidney Wildesmith -Video 

                 Judith Balian
                 Marketing for Inventors & Small Business
                 Focus Groups
Bronze Level Sponsors

Akiko Kobayashi, Ph.D.
Registered Patent Agent

Emory Ludwig LLP
Business, Technology and Intellectual Property Law
600 West Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
619-752-0249 Direct | 619-752-2003 Fax
David Waller of Patent Success Strategies.  David is a long-time SDIF member who has helped many of our inventors get their patents.  Contact David at 858.768.1864.

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