IAMD--- Inventors Association of 
               Metropolitan Detroit
Lawrence Technological University-
21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. 
Southfield, MI  48075
248 204-2994       
​Meeting info

Lawrence Tech University
​21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. 
Southfield, MI 48075

Third Thursday of the month --
6:30-9:00 p.m.

For more information about our meetings, go to our "meetings" page.
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 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. 

October 20, 2016 - Our speaker will be David Berry from the Wayne State University Law School Patent Procurement Clinic represents low income inventors and innovators by providing a range of pro bono patent-related legal services, including patentability searches and reports, provisional and nonprovisional utility applications, and responses to office actions and other USPTO correspondence. The Clinic is certified by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Services are provided by Wayne Law students with technical backgrounds under the direct supervision of experienced registered patent attorneys.
More information about the Clinic is available at http://law.wayne.edu/clinics/patent.php   

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.
For more info on Kathy Ossian see http://www.ossianlaw.com

We expect to have some new and exciting programs starting in the fall, hope you will join us!!!

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.
Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% 
perspiration...... Thomas Edison
The Inventors Association is a non-for-profit association established to educate inventors of all levels to navigate through the inventing process.  In addition to being an important resource center, IAMD serves as a support group for inventors, who can exchange information, experiences and other advice on how to successfully complete a project.
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If you have an idea, plan it.
If you make a plan, build it.
If you build a product, sell it.
If you've sold it, spend wisely.

Learn the process from like minded people...... Ken Yee
Latest update 10/9/16

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
October Events

Events at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
300 River Place Dr.
Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207

For parking information click here. The USPTO is a federal facility and visitors are required to show a valid form of government issued ID (driver's license or passport), and may be subject to security screening.

Trademark Tuesday
October 11, 2016 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Register at: https://octtrademarktuesday.eventbrite.com

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Assistance Center  for a question and answer session on trademarks at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. The Trademark Assistance Center will provide information on navigating through the USPTO website and the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), which allows you to fill out USPTO forms online. This event is free and open to the public. Get the most out of Trademark Tuesday by checking out Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later prior to the event. We encourage you to bring your own lunch for the session. Space is limited to the first 25 registrations.

Patent Wednesday
October 19, 2016 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://octpatentwednesday.eventbrite.com 

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a presentation on patent searching held at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan.  
A community outreach team member will provide general patent searching information, including an overview of the Seven Step Strategy, and highlight USPTO search tools and resources available to entrepreneurs and innovators. This event is free and open to the public. For more information on patent process and resources available to innovators, please check out Inventors and Entrepreneurs Resources. We encourage you to bring your own lunch for the session. Space is limited to the first 25 registrations.

Introduction to Intellectual Property and Midwest USPTO
October 21, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Register at: https://octintro2ip.eventbrite.com 

Join the Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for an introduction to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets at the Midwest Regional USPTO in Detroit, Michigan. After the presentation, there will be a tour of the Midwest Regional USPTO. This session is for aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, students looking for beginner information on intellectual property concepts. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited to the first 25 registrations.

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

​There are a lot of events coming up soon, so here's a quick roundup of everything in one place for you.

Get your tickets today! 
Toast of the Town
Thursday, October 13 | 6 to 9 pm 
440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202

Enjoy a fabulous strolling dinner, signature cocktails and musical entertainment. Meet some of our stand-out entrepreneurs in the Marketplace—yes, you can shop!—and win prizes in the Tip Jar Raffle. It’s the most fun you’ll have networking. Ever. Follow us on Facebook for a chance to win a free ticket. New this year—a young professional ticket! If you’re 35 and under, this one’s for you!

Entre SLAM! Showcase Night
Wednesday, October 5 | 6 to 9pm 
TechTown Detroit | 440 Burroughs, Detroit 48202

Join us for this unique Steampunk-themed entrepreneurial storytelling evening brought to you by EntreSlam. Nine finalists from an intensive four-week acceleration program will leave it all on the floor as they tell their stories. So much more than an elevator pitch—they’ll pitch their passion, tell their “why,” and show you just how all in they really are. If you want to be inspired by your fellow entrepreneurs, this night is for you.

IEEE Women In Engineering Leadership Summit
Saturday & Sunday, October 6 -7 
The Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel
27790 Novi Rd | Novi, MI 48374

Join more than 200 women leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from the Great Lakes region. The inaugural Summit will focus on professional leadership topics, including managing technical teams, developing executive presence, finding strength, overcoming stereotypes and succeeding in a second career. The Summit will focus on inspiration, entrepreneurship, innovation and professional growth.

Java @ the Junction: Why Startups Should Commit to Diversity From the Start
Tuesday, October 18 | 8:30 to 10am 
TechTown Detroit | 440 Burroughs, Detroit 48202

Presented by Nikki Pardo, owner of Global Alliance Solutions. Join us for a discussion on how startups can and should use diversity to stimulate their capacity for creativity and innovation, and build a brand that dominates their industry. Global Alliance Solutions is a Detroit-based diversity training and consulting company that provides interactive and customized training to staff and management. Nikki is also a facilitator at BUILD Institute.

Iron Sharpens Iron with Gingras Global
Tuesday, October 18 | 8:30 to 11am 
TechTown Detroit | 440 Burroughs, Detroit 48202

This speaker-led discussion reflects on the current happenings in Michigan focusing on impact capital, social enterprise, and local trends. Presented by TechTown partner Gingras Global, a nationally recognized industry expert in impact venture capital administration and social enterprise reporting.

Detroit Start Up Drinks
Thursday, October 20 | 6 to 8pm 
TechTown Detroit | 440 Burroughs, Detroit 48202

TechTown is hosting this month! No speakers. No agenda. Just community. Join us for one of the best happy hours in the city. All things tech and entrepreneurship: developers, app-makers, coders, etc. Founders, freelancers, moonlighters, students, all are welcome!

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 jonathan@techtowndetroit.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 5: Dr. Sushi (Fueling Station)
October 6: The Mean Weenie (Food Truck)
October 11: Hero or Villain (Food Truck)
October 20: The Mean Weenie (Food Truck)
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.


We are hoping to offer an opportunity for new entrepreneurs to pitch their products in upcoming meetings. This will not be a contest or formal review board, but a chance to try out your pitch in a friendly, informal venue.
If you are interested in pitching your product, please email Cathy at cphillips@ltu.edu for more information.