SDIF June Newsletter

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San Diego Inventors Forum
June 2018
Dear IGA, 


Last month!
We thank United Inventors Association President Warren Tuttle for telling us his amazing story and speaking about on how UIA helps Inventors.  

“Besides my open Innovation efforts with Lifetime Brands and Techtronic Industries I also help a lot of folks in the Direct Response Television space.”

This Month we welcome back Karina Rabin and her husband Jared inventors of the Hang-O-Matic and creators of the “Pitch to get Rich”, as our Speakers of the Month. They are great story tellers and their products are now sold nationally! 


Startup Week is almost here! – June 25 – 29, 2018




 With over 100 sessions and 200 speakers organized into 6 educational tracks featuring 7 topical themes, SDSW 2018 has something great for everyone.  SDSW brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, investors, students, community leaders, and hundreds of local organizations. This year we’re taking over the the San Diego Concourse and Civic Center for 5 days of learning, networking, and lots of fun.

Startup Fair Registration is Open

The Startup Fair is part of San Diego Startup Week, and the perfect place to demo your product, showcase your services, meet thousands of potential customers, and discover your next great hire. Visit the site and sign up today: Reserve your table!





 Maker Faire San Diego IS BACK! The event returns to Balboa Park on October 6-7, 2018




Click here to skip straight to the application.
Maker Faire San Diego
October 6-7, 2018 | Balboa Park
10 am – 6 pm




Quirky is Back, Let’s Start Inventing!




New President Gina Waldhorn gives us the run-down.


“Quirky’s back and ready to make invention accessible again. Listen to meet Quirky’s new President Gina Waldhorn and find out about Quirky’s comeback, how their new business plan works and how it’s different from the old one. Quirky is a community-led invention platform dedicated to developing innovative products through collaboration and partnership. Anyone can participate on either by submitting their own product idea, or by collaborating to enhance existing ideas. Quirky pays a royalty to all community members who help bring inventions to market.”

It’s Time to Create the Future




The 2018 Create the Future Design Contest, sponsored by COMSOL and Mouser Electronics, is now open for entries. The contest recognizes innovative product designs in seven categories, awarding a Grand Prize of $20,000. There is no cost to enter, and entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. Visit for complete contest information, including rules and the official entry form.





USI featured in a new movie about the current state of patents





USI is featured in a landmark movie about the deterioration of patents in our country called “UNPROTECTED – The Shredding Of The U.S. Patent System”  – trailer here:   Please share!!!




New sponsor!

Gali Productions will live webcast our meetings!!




Danny Gali  – Gali Productions



Danny Gali, musician, engineer, videographer and web-caster is ready to live webcast our meetings on a YouTube channel!

Here is Danny’s website


Here’s the link to the live stream (except this Thursday.)
    It should remain the same all the time.
The replay is never available until it has been streamed, so the link to the main YouTube page would be the best way to get to them.
And they are all there in order:







 IGA was in DC April 17th – 19th!





It happened! The Inventors Groups of America, United Inventors Association, United States Inventors and the Inventors Project along with A Squared Technologies, Inc held the first National Conference in Washington DC April 17th – 19th.

I was delighted to represent SD inventors at the USPTO and on the Hill at this historic event.

40 club leaders and inventors visited the USPTO on the first day to discuss today’s issues with the top people in the organization and learned their side.
The next day we assembled and visited 30 of our representatives on the hill to educate them how patent laws effect our economy and future.
Together, IGA represented inventors from coast to coast that were united for the first time in our countries history. Our voices were heard!

I am also proud to have won this award!
We would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Adrian Pelkus, leader of the San Diego Inventors Forum, and Christian Corley, president of the Inventors Center of Kansas City, for winning The Market Institute‘s 2018 Innovation Leadership award!

I thank Charles Sauer for presenting me this award.
Looking forward to telling you all about at this Thursdays meeting 🙂 




Come to the SDIF meetings and meet fellow inventors 🙂 






Help for inventors and innovators is here!!

Tell your creative friends and invite them to attend Thursday’s evening!

Every month we discuss the most important things needed to bring ideas to life and create wealth.
Come to our meetings and learn about inventing, innovating and the process of bringing new products to market.
Prepare your questions about inventing and ask local experts at Thursdays meeting.
Bring your idea and see how the attendees react! This would be a “public disclosure”.
You will either save money or make money by being sure your idea is customer ready first.
Hear and learn about important topics to help you prepare for launching your venture.
Mark your calendar for San Diego Inventors Forum monthly meetings!



SDIF 2017 – 2018 Schedule

See you 7pm this Thursday!




Modified monthly meeting format to allow more interactions and answer more questions  




Welcome & Thanks
Who is new?   Whats your passion?
Subject of the Month / speaker
Stories and new products shared by inventors
Resources and New Opportunities
Who Needs Who?
Thanks & network


We meet monthly to motivate, educate and network inventors and innovators.
Meeting location:
AMN Healthcare Inc.
Del Mar Heights
12400 High Bluff Drive
San Diego, CA 92130

$10 at the door
Snacks provided
Free parking
Networking starts at 6;30pm
Meeting starts at 7pm     





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, innovator or a service provider, SDIF is the place to be the second Thursday of each month!” Judy B. 








 David Swift is Associate Publisher of TIDBITS “The Neatest Little Paper Ever Read” in Escondido and San Marcos!



For more info:[email protected] 






New Director at the USPTO!



Andrei Iancu Confirmed February 5!! 

Inventors rejoice to hear a professional with real world experience is becoming Director of the USPTO.
Reason expects changes soon to remedy the catastrophe left by the previous Director.

None too soon as our patent system has withered and our economy is suffering as a direct consequence.

Our future still has a chance!


See you this Thursday !





Please check your schedules and let us know if you would like to assist us, when, how and with what.






Find us on Meetup!



Web Admin assistant, Sponsors & Inventor Stories Wanted


Help!! We need a back up admin for the website. Please contact us asap!!

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 save time in line


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 2017 Contest
Stay inventive San Diego!
Its another incredible year ahead for inventors!
A new focus on startup entrepreneurs is sweeping the nation.
There are more opportunities than ever to make your product known.
This could be a great year for you to get your idea out there, we are here to help.
From capturing your concept to making it to the market.
Inventors help inventors.
Welcome to the San Diego Inventors Forum!


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 [email protected].&nbsp;


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SDIF is a member of the United Inventors Association ian 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 [email protected] 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 Major Supporters




A-Squared Tech Adrian Pelkus, CEO 
  A Squared Technologies, Inc.
Home of California Product Developers
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Leslie Wagner
Leslie F. Wagner
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Danny Gali

David Swift





Silver Level Sponsors


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.



Bob Green







Bronze Level Sponsors


Burke Franklin
Business Power Tools                               
800 346 5426




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600 West Broadway, Suite 700
San Diego, CA 92101
619-752-0249 Direct | 619-752-2003 Fax



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