September 2020 Newsletter

September 2020 Newsletter Issue #34

Congratulations George, for your product that is now available at Lowes!

George Burkhardt is the inventor and patent holder of the Drain Plug Pro, and it is now available at Lowes as a Craftsman tool!
It is also still being sold as a Bosch OTC brand tool! See Bosch’s initial Drain Plug Pro promotional video HERE.The Drain Plug Pro tool won both the Innovation Award and the People’s Choice Award in the oil and lube category at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas.

George is the President of Alamo Inventors, located in San Antonia Texas.

Learn more about Alamo Inventors!

We had another fantastic Inventors Online in September! With maxing out at 100 people, we got every inventor in that we could! Thank you everyone from across the globe for coming!We saw some familiar faces as well! Stephen revealed some of his biggest mistakes to our audience, and some of them were quite shocking…

Take a look at our September photo!

Inventors Online!


LA New Product Development Team

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Are you ready for our next Inventors Online Meeting?!

Inventors Online meetings take place once a month, and they are designed to give you resources, pathways, leadership, and guidance. You will get an opportunity to talk to your peers, ask questions, and get advice and help from guest experts.


Add Date to Google Calendar!
Christina Daves is an all-star, to say the least. From Inventor and Speaker, to Publicity Expert and Author – she does it all! Join us on October 14th at 4pm, to learn how to get publicity for your product!

Christina Daves is a repeatedly successful entrepreneur, award-winning inventor, and infectiously energetic speaker. She has sought out opportunities in event planning, land development, retail, and fashion and pursued them with the work ethic that makes her an inspiration. As many business owners know, starting out small leaves little money for marketing. With a fledgling business and a running clock, Christina developed the PR skills in under one year to launch herself and her company into national recognition. Through her two best selling books, The DIY Guide to FREE Publicity and PR For Anyone, and her constant speaking appearances, Christina aids owners and employees to take the small steps required to see success and seize it. – Christina Inspires

Note: We are now officially offering Inventors Online to all members!

1. Be a member of IGA
2. Look out for our email with the Zoom link to join.
3. Click on the link early to be 1 of the 100 who can join!

Note:  With a max of 100, please show up early to ensure you are able to join in on the discussion. If our meeting maxes out, we apologize for the inconvenience.

IGA’s Inventors Online


Ward Law Office Video Series

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Take a look at our upcoming webinar!

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Intellectual property is important.

According to the United States Patent & Trademark Office, IP-intensive industries directly and indirectly support at least 45.5 million jobs, which is about 30 percent of all employment in the United States! COVID-19 has spurred independent inventors to action. USPTO Director Andrei Lancu recently revealed that “small and micro entity patent filings at a historic high, with more than 112,000 filed during the first 11 months of fiscal year 2020.”

Intellectual property is also complex, and the laws that govern it can be downright confusing. Improving the IP ecosystem for all parties starts with awareness and education, which is why we’re proud to be partnering with the United States Patent & Trademark Office again to host another webinar this fall!

Our trio of expert panelists will help bring you up to speed on understanding and making sense of your patent rights in 2020.

Get answers to burning questions like, what does the Patent Trial and Appeal Board do? What is the percentage of patents whose claims are overturned during PTAB proceedings? What is the cost of appealing a decision made by your patent examiner?

We are very excited to have Janet Gongola, Vice Chief Judge for Engagement at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, PTAB Judge Kal Deshpande, and Michelle Armond, Litigator and Patent Attorney at Armond Wilson, joining us. Michelle represents both patent owners and petitioners at the PTAB, making her the perfect person to give us a practitioner perspective.

We can’t wait to bring this phenomenal and insight webinar to you, on October 14th, at 4pm Pacific!

The Webinars are held on Wednesdays at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern
We will share a recording of each presentation on our site. If you have signed up for a past educational webinar, you don’t need to sign up again.

Sign Up for this Webinar Series!


Concept Illustration and Sell Sheets by Kenny Kiernan


Grab their attention with a dynamic, stylized sell sheet and fun, packaging-style concept illustrations!

Kenny has over 20 years of experience illustrating for advertising, consumer packaging, and toy & game companies such as Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master and Lego. He uses his expertise in the attention-getting visual language of toys, consumer product packaging and advertising to design lively, eye-catching sell sheets and fun concept illustrations of your idea – make a big impression!

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2020 Chicago Toy & Game Fair!


“EXPLORE, DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE!  The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is the destination to discover “what’s hot for the holidays” and try out toys and games before you shop for Black Friday Specials throughout the holiday season. You are certain to find some great additions to your family collection of toys and games.

Chicago Toy & Game Fair spans three virtual stages, families won’t want to miss the fun! We have something for everyone!” – Chitag

When: Sat, Nov 21, 2020, 8:00 AM – Sun, Nov 22, 2020, 3:00 PM PST

Where: Online!

Get Your Tickets!


Join Cypris, the Patent Marketplace.
Ways you can use Cypris today:

 Create a free patent listing to offer your innovation for sale or license.
🧠 Use our open search engine to investigate your competitor’s innovations.
Get Insights on a patent or idea to find companies, investors & more in the innovation’s field.
🤝 If you have a patent related service, share it with patent owners on our service providers page.

Learn More!

Clause 8: The Voice of IP Podcast!


“Eli Mazour is a patent attorney at Harrity & Harrity, LLP. He started Clause 8 because he loves talking about intellectual property issues, finding out people’s stories, and asking questions. Eli hopes to share his conversations with the most interesting people in the intellectual property community through Clause 8. ” – IP Watchdog
Listen to Most Recent Episode!







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