We meet once monthly in the conference room of the Maribelle M. Davis Library in Plano . The address is: 7501 Independence Parkway , Plano , TX 75025 . The library is located between Legacy and Hedgcoxe on Independence Parkway , on the West side of the street. We meet from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
Our meeting dates are:
January 9, 2014
February 13, 2014
March 11, 2014
April 17, 2014
June 12, 2014
July 10, 2014
August 12, 2014
September 11, 2014
October , 2014
November , 2014
December 17, 2013
Meeting dates are scheduled two months in advance. Meeting dates for the remainder of the year will be posted as they are scheduled.
What can I expect at the meeting?
We have many wonderful resources at the meetings. Inventors at every stage of the process as well as many professionals. We have our president, Bob Wise, a patent attorney who gives freely of legal advice to attendees at the meetings. We also have a patent agent, a prototype expert, a man who owns manufacturing plants in China, a rapid prototyping source and a product scout for a company that makes infomercials and takes products to the home shopping networks. Two of our members are with the SBDC and they can give you information on building a business around your invention if that is your goal. And, lots of our members are actively working to get their products developed, protected and marketed. We have successful inventors who have licensed their product and successful inventors who have built a business around their inventions. We all have things to share with one another.
The meeting starts with general announcements and recognition of accomplishments by our members and then breaks into an informal gathering where members and visitors are allowed to "float" from one resource (member with expertise relating to a specific area of the inventive process) to another. The questions and needs of members will be attended to first. If there is available time visitors will be allowed to visit with the resources.
Since many people will want to talk to the same resources please do not monopolize their time! Please be considerate so that everyone can get their questions answered.
If you don't know who you should speak to in order to get your specific questions answered go to one of the resource people there (usually wearing distinctive name tags) and they will direct you to someone qualified to answer your questions.
All attendees, members and visitors alike, are encouraged to network and help one another. It is our goal to support, help and encourage one another through the exciting, exhilarating and discouraging ups and downs of product development. Together we can help one another succeed!
Blank non-disclosure agreements will be available for your use if you wish to discuss your product with others at the meeting.