Ronald E. Betzig
The Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) continues 2015 season, Tuesday, Feb. 24, with a special presentation from Ron Betzig, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Jackson College.
Why learn to “Pitch” my concept? Being able to persuasively explain your “invention” to someone else is important on a number of levels. One effective technique for developing this skill is known as “Customer Development” in which the inventor – in a mock exercise – tries to “sell” their product (or service) to a potential customer.
Why learn to “Catch” feedback? All too often, inventors don’t really listen to constructive feedback offered by others. This feedback is part of the Customer Development process, and is essential to successfully launching a product. An inventor can save a great deal of time, aggravation, and money by actively seeking and responding to input from prospective customers.
JIN will meet for the first time at Jackson Maker Space, 543 E. Washington Ave. Jackson, MI 49203. (Park in the rear!)
- 6:00-6:30pm Registration
- 6:30-7:30pm Program
- 7:30-8:30pm Networking
The Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) kicked off the 2015 year with a packed room at the Jackson Maker Space, Tuesday, Jan. 27, with a special presentation on “Mock ups and Prototypes” presentation from product designer and inventor Todd Kauranen, design director, Slide Fire Solutions of Moran, Texas.
The November 25th meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network featured Ed Carlson, president and owner of ENCarlson Enterprises LLC, a product design and development services firm based in Ann Arbor, MI. Here is his presentation:
Also, the meeting featured Darryl J. Krause, of Additive Manufacturing Solutions, Dexter, MI. Here is their presentation:
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.
Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent & Trademark Office
300 River Place South, Suite 2900
Detroit, MI 48207
Welcome & Opening Comments
Jennifer M. McDowell, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Pro Bono Coordinator
Thomas C. Rombach, President, State Bar of Michigan
Jennifer M. Grieco, Treasurer, State Bar of Michigan
David C. Berry, SBM Intellectual Property Law Section
Reception hosted by the Intellectual Property Law Section will follow the ceremony.
Pursuant to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is supporting the establishment of pro bono programs all across the country to enable low-income inventors to prosecute their patents. The State Bar of Michigan Intellectual Property Law Section and Pro Bono Initiative, in conjunction with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, have established the Michigan Patent Pro Bono Project as part of this nationwide initiative. The Project seeks to connect low income Michigan inventors with Michigan patent professionals for patent preparation and prosecution legal services on a pro bono basis.
RSVP to Robert Mathis firstname.lastname@example.org is requested, but not required.
Ted Criqui provides straight to talk to entrepreneurs.
The Sept. 23 meeting of the Jackson Inventors Network (JIN) featured Francis L. “Tex” Criqui, Engineering Entrepreneur in Residence Team Lead at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich. Former mayor of the City of Brighton, Mich., Tex Criqui has extensive experience in technology and innovation, strategic planning, lifecycle management, product data management, process design and definition, standards and regulatory compliance, project management, and organizational performance. Here is a link to his presentation.