IAMD Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Please make plans to attend our next meeting, more information is posted on our meetings page.
The IAMD meetings will be back in room M218 this Fall. Buell Management Building (building #2 on the map), near Einstein Bagel at the bottom of the staircase.
Our meetings will start and end with networking (6:30-7:00- Networking) and speakers start at 7 p.m. Refreshments served.
November 17, 2016 - Kathy Ossian of Ossian Law, P.C. who spoke at the World IP Day this past spring, 2016 will be presenting a program on Maximizing your Brand, Offline and Off.
Suggestions? Comments? We are always on the "lookout" for new speakers and programs, if you have any suggestions for presentations, or on what kind of material you are interested in, please let us know.
Please check below for other events, courses and interesting information.
Latest update 10/22/16
NOTE: The SBA (Small Business Administration) has a constant flow of programs, courses and events. There are too many for us to keep up with here, if you are interested, you can go to their website and browse or sign up to be included on their email list (see the links on our resources page, they all offer helpful information.
NOTE: Any websites below will not be links, you can copy clip them into your browser.
US Patent and Trademark Office
Trademark Assignment Search System EnhancementsTrademark AlertThis are some of the events happening around the area:
Trademark Assignment Search System Enhancements
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has released a new and enhanced version of the Trademark Assignment Search System. Users can take advantage of improvements that make it easier to search and to obtain more comprehensive results.
Some of the highlights include:
•Three ways to search the Assignment database:
(1) the “Quick Look-up”, which is similar to the old search system allowing you to enter a reel/frame, registration number, assignor name, etc.,
(2) a general “Search” feature, which allows you to input information and search all fields at once for that information, and
(3) an “Advanced Search,” which, among other enhancements, allows:
-The user to search date ranges and use Boolean operators.
-Use of wildcard search operators and fuzzy operators so the user can retrieve alternate spellings of any entered information.
•Search results now are displayed in a more user friendly format. •The user can export the trademark search results to CVS, PDF, and XML formats. •The user can filter the basic search results as needed.
We trust this new search system will be useful and we encourage you to provide any comments or suggestions you may have regarding this new system by sending an email to TMFeedback.
TechTown event roundup
Business Research Series
Part 1: Basic Business Research
Monday, October 24 | 9 to 11am AND Wednesday, October 26 | 6 to 8pm
TechTown Detroit | 440 Burroughs, Detroit 48202
Market research helps you better understand your product/service and its place in the market. Having a deep knowledge of your competitors and potential customers can help your business hit the ground running. Researching your market doesn’t need to cost a lot of money--there are many free or inexpensive resources. Come to this session and find out how to get started.
Coming in November | Part 2: Digging Into Demographics
Monday, November 14 | 9 to 11am AND Wednesday, November 16 | 6 to 8pm
TechTown Detroit | 440 Burroughs, Detroit 48202
Success in business requires a thorough knowledge of your customers and competitors. Whether it’s uncovering the basic age/race/sex distribution of the population located near a potential new store or digging deeper to discover their current buying habits, demographics research can help! Not only that, but many of these sources and techniques can be used to research your competitors as well. This session will give you the skills to dig into data and use basic GIS mapping.
Visit TechTown's retail pop-up space The SHOP! We'll be bringing you a sampling of fine goods from Detroit small businesses and TechTown's Retail Boot Camp and SWOT City programs. The SHOP is open every Wednesday, 11am - 3pm
If you're interested in becoming a SHOP vendor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online at techtowndetroit.org/shop/
A Sampling of Pop-Up vendors for October in the SHOP:
October 5: Luv Dolls: All Natural Skin Care - Green Bliss Lifestyle & Wellness - Bleu Bowtique
October 12: No Shop today
October 19: B'Juelz - Streetwear - Mutual Adoration
October 26: Eye2Eye Contact - 12th Street Design - The Natural Market
Pop-Up Lunch Schedule (11:30am to 1:30pm)
October 25: Moo Cluck Moo (Food Truck)
October 26: Dr. Sushi (Fueling Station)¬
Happening in our SWOT City neighborhoods
SWOT City Open Office Hours
Varied dates, 1 - 5pm
Are you a retail entrepreneur with a business idea or storefront in one of TechTown's SWOT City neighborhoods? Would you like to get an expert's opinion on your big idea, or could you use some direction on how to secure funding, line up resources or make connections? Sign up for SWOT City Open Office Hours and get your questions answered.
Appropriate businesses are any independent retail establishments or service providers such as: coffee shops, clothing stores, bookstores, green grocers, galleries, gift shops, lawn care, auto service, day care...
Available in Brightmoor, East Jefferson, Grandmont Rosedale, Osborn, Southwest and University District.