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 held by Zoom online.  (Networking 6:30-7:00 p.m. with speaker following at 7:00 p.m.)

Online events!

March 18, 2021- 

​Thursday March 18th John Siragusa and Ted Olds, of the Birmingham, Mi. intellectual property law firm Carlson, Gaskey & Olds will speak about their experience protecting a fad product. In 2010 Detroit area independent inventor, Choon Ng, invented the Rainbow Loom, a loom for making rubber band bracelets. In 2013 and 2014 the Rainbow Loom was perhaps the hottest toy in the World. 
Counterfeits and various types of infringements flooded the US, Europe and Asia. Ted and John headed up the team charged with stopping these actions. They will explain what worked and what did not work to address this problem. Also, they will cover steps that were taken early so that Rainbow Loom had the tools to limit the counterfeits and infringements. Rainbow Loom enjoyed the success every independent inventors dreams about, and this is the story of the headaches that can come with that success, and how to minimize them. Ted and John will join us starting at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time and share their knowledge with you so that you can be better prepared with your innovation. (Join at 6:30 p.m. for networking.)

Ted Olds graduated Michigan State University with a mechanical engineering degree and worked for 5 years as an examiner in the US Patent Office while attending law school at George Washington University. For the past 30 years he has represented big companies and independent inventors protecting their ideas at the Patent Office, IPRs and Courts. 

John Siragusa received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and worked in the automotive industry at Holley Automotive and Borg-Warner Automotive while attending Wayne State University Law School. He has worked for the past 20 years preparing and prosecuting US and foreign patents in areas including aerospace, automotive, consumer products and mechanical devices

They will both join us to share some of their collective knowledge in a virtual meeting that you don’t want to miss! To read a bit more about the Rainbow Loom, check out this link https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/03/25/rainb 

Due to the Corona virus, all meetings are moving online indefinitely, don’t despair, the inventor community is stepping up to the plate with free webinars and online meetings all over the country! Learn from the most knowledgeable inventors of our time, they are sharing valuable information that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere, at any time. The UIA, IGA, Invent Right and more inventor groups across the nation are providing free webinars, if you join some of the groups, they will provide emails on their events. Below are a few links to some of these opportunities available for free.

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, pleas
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

Upcoming Virtual Inventor Events - 

United Inventors Association has a 10 part inventor education series once per week on Thursdays at 2:00 pm. Part 1 was last week, but can be viewed at the http://www.uiausa.org website. Click on the link at the top of the home page to watch it. 

Click here to subscribe and to watch the: UIA TV series!

IGA Educational Webinar Series https://inventleader.org/webinars/

Go to InventRight.com to see a wealth of invention videos on just about every topic of interest to inventors. There will be a new video every week. https://www.youtube.com/user/InventRightTV

Inventor's Forum Speaker Series - See Website for monthly events

Be well, and stay tuned! The inventor world is staying very busy.

​US Patent and Trademark Office

The USPTO has a steady stream of informative events regarding Intellectual Property, such as IP Basics, Copyright Basics, Trademark Tuesdays and Patent Wednesdays. Please click the link below and review the Detroit, MI column to see the event times and dates.

Link to the USPTO Events Calendar: https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events

Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

All events are FREE to attend and open to the public; however, space is usually limited.
Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
300 River Place Dr., Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207


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.