San Diego Inventors Forum
June 2016

This month's meeting is not to be missed!  SDIF is hosting 
Learn more on their website

Thanks to Ken Stanwood of Wi-LAN for speaking in May and telling us his amazing story and lessons learned after over 100 patents issued!  And t
hanks to last month's presenter, Judith Balian, who enlightened us on the trade show process. Thanks also to George Levy of Patents and Ventures for offering a free patent search. 

Thursday, June 9
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 - Mars City Design Challenge
Support the Mars City Design challenge on Kickstarter!  Our first submitted concept is in the top 25 (13th) for 3d printing laser sintered metalized indigenous sand into supports to contain inflated structures. The second (in the top 2 in its category) is an automated Mood Adjusting system to help people cope with the emotional stresses they will likely encounter.

We appreciate your support!
Perfect Pitch & Executive Summary Tips from Connect
Here's a link to a video by Oren Klaff 
that suggests a formula for crafting your pitch that makes a lot of sense.  Oren suggests that a pitch should be:
  • What's changed in the world? (60 seconds)
  • A clear problem (120s)
  • Deal with skepticism (30s)
  • A clear solution (45s)
  • What it is? (60s)
  • How it works (60s)
  • Value proposition (120s)
  • 1 key point about you (30s)
  • 1 key point about company (30s)
Also from Connect, here's valuable information on creating your executive summary. 
#SDSW is Just Around the Corner
San Diego Startup Week is June 13-17 and early bird pricing was just extended! Right now, tickets are the same low price as last year. Get them before they go up and events book out!

Dozens of local organizations will be participating (the City of San Diego, Qualcomm, San Diego Magazine, the EDC, and Irvine Co to name a few) have come together to put on an epic series of events. Don't miss this five days of over 125 events with thousands of entrepreneurs.
Summer Field Trip, Anyone?
As inventors, we're all interested in how things are made.  The Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad has a fantastic collection of precision miniatures, models of every sort of engine, boats, planes, trains and more--all handmade and from all over the world.

Join us Saturday June 25 at 10 am to feast your eyes and tickle your imaginations--and bring your kids so they can see and learn what "craftsmanship" is all about!
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
Newsletter Help Desperately Needed
Judith Balian has been doing our newsletters for years, but her busy schedule makes it impossible for her to do them after August. Can you help?

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
Quick Links
Quick Links

San Diego Inventors Forum Website...  (Information on our meetings and directions) 

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 
View our profile on LinkedIn

Sheppard Mullin  
Amy J. Romaker Director of Client Service Teams 
12275 El Camino Real, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130-2006 
858.720.8900 | main
858.720.7403 | direct
Leslie Wagner
Leslie F. Wagner
Intellectual Property and Licensing Consultant
View our profile on LinkedIn 

Patents and Ventures
        George Levy
         Patent Agent

Inventions into Income  
Product Development
Ben Gage 
  Sidney Wildesmith -Video 

                 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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