Upcoming events

    • 09/15/2014
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Los Alamitos Branch Orange County Public Library 12700 Montecito Seal Beach, CA 90740
    Intellectual Property Fundamentals
    For The Start-up

    Learn the difference between patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright protection. Which type of protection is right for you? What happens if you do not seek protection? What are the limits to protection? What is the cost of protection?

    This is a free workshop from Score

    This workshop is presented by Michael Shimokaji of the law firm of Shimokaji & Associates, P.C., of Irvine, specialists in intellectual property. For more than 20 years Mr. Shimokaji has supported clients in industries as diverse as aerospace, apparel, household products, medical devices, software, telecommunications, photo imaging, and semiconductors. He is the author of numerous articles and has lectured for local and national organizations, as well as abroad. He served on the Executive Committee for the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section and recently completed a term on the California State Bar Federal Courts Committee. Mr. Shimokaji has been a member of the editorial board for The Journal of The Association of University Technology Managers. He is admitted to the California Bar and admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    Limited seating, save yours
    Please Click Here to pre-register

    • 09/26/2014
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09/27/2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Chapman University, Orange, CA

    From Recipe to Retail: An Entrepreneur’s Workshop on Strategies for Success in Bringing a Food Product to Market

    September 26 -27, 2014
    Chapman University

    I've been asked about this a lot. This program comes highly recommended if you're doing anything related to food.  If you sign up before September 12th, you save $100 (only $250 - Regular $350) - Cyn

    Designed especially for early stage entrepreneurs, this workshop will provide a roadmap on bringing a food product to market.   Participants will learn how to start a food business including developing a winning formulation, finding a manufacturer, negotiating with brokers and distributors, writing an effective business plan, obtaining capital backing, and marketing most effectively to ensure that their product will succeed in the marketplace.

    “The single most important thing I did before launching my relish business was to attend the Chapman University workshop. This class gave me all the necessary information  I needed to get up and running. I highly recommend this short course to anybody who is serious about getting into this industry.”

    - Jim Brown, owner of Jim Brown’s Relish

    Register at Chapman University's Site


    Friday, September 26, 2014

    8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
    8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. The Mindset of an Entrepreneur
    9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. From Recipe to Retail, Success in the Aisle
    9:30  a.m. - 10 a.m. Food Marketplace Trends, Caron Ory, Orange Coast College
    10 a.m. Break
    10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. From Recipe to Formula, Dr. Kathleen Feicht, Asta Research
    11:15 a.m. - noon Keep your Food and Business Safe, Barry Weinstein, B.M. Weinstein & Associates
    Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
    1 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Commercial Kitchens and Co-Packers, and Derek Walker, Heidens Foods
    1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. The California Homemade Food Act, Caron Ory, Orange Coast College
    2:30 p.m. Break
    2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. Claims & Labels: Rules of the Road, Debra Topham, Knowledge Bank
    4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Package Design, Laura Missioreck, The Graphic Element
    4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Dialogue with a retail buyer, Dwight Detter, Whole Foods
    5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Networking reception

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Working with Brokers and Distributors, Brand Positioning: Identity and Pricing, Michel Algazi, Food Centricity
    10 - 10:15 a.m Break
    10:15 - 11:45 a.m. Organizing and Funding your Business, Robert Gonsalves, Food Centricity
    11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
    12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Launch Your Product, Mike Cancelleri, Positive Energy Beverages
    1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Social media, Dr. Niklas Myhr, Chapman University
    2:45 - 3 p.m. Break
    3 - 4:30 p.m. Growing Your Business, Dr. Carolyn Stephens, Chapman University
    5 p.m. Wrap Up

    • 10/10/2014
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chapman University in Orange

    Our speaker is

    Patricia Nolan-Brown

    Idea to Invention

    Patricia is an inventor and an author on inventing. She has addressed many inventors clubs from coast-to-coast and is coming from Boston to speak about making your idea to reality. 

    There will be several copies of her book at the event if you would like to get one.

    Be sure to bring your friends.... 

    Chapman Students... you get in free to this meeting.

    Standard attendees are $10 per person

    IF members are $5 

    • 11/14/2014
    • 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Chapman University in Orange

    Our topic is

    2014 Success Story Night

    Be sure to bring your friends.... 

    Chapman Students... you get in free to this meeting.

    Standard attendees are $10 per person

    IF members are $5 

    • 12/25/2014
    • not sure yet

    Our speaker is

    Warren Tuttle 

    Ins and Outs of Licensing to a Major Kitchenware Company

    Warren is a well-known product scout responsible for many major product successes and is the current president of the United Inventors Association. He addressed us in-person three years ago and will be back by Skype.

    Be sure to bring your friends.... 

    Chapman Students... you get in free to this meeting.

    Standard attendees are $10 per person

    IF members are $5 

Past events

09/12/2014 Inventing Tips from a Professional Inventor
09/12/2014 IF IP Entrepreneur Mixer @ Chapman University
08/29/2014 August Member's Only Meeting
08/14/2014 Western Plastics Trade Show
08/08/2014 Eric Karich & Cynthia Kirkeby on Branding, Trademarks, & Copyrights
07/25/2014 July Member's Only Meeting
07/25/2014 Urban Workshop Grand Opening
07/11/2014 Burke Franklin, author of Business Black Belt and creator of BizPlanBuilder
06/23/2014 Hardware Show N' Tell #2
06/13/2014 How to Get Your Product on Direct Response TV?
06/03/2014 Crowdfunding
05/30/2014 Member's Only Meeting
05/09/2014 The Life of a Patent Application - what to do when you get a letter from the USPTO."
04/28/2014 Hardware Show and Tell #1
04/25/2014 Member's Only Meeting
04/23/2014 Crowdfunding
04/15/2014 B Ready for Big Money
04/11/2014 "So You Have a Great Idea, Now What?"
04/09/2014 Web Marketing For Success
03/14/2014 Inventing 101 -- The basic steps to inventing and following through
02/28/2014 Member's Only Meeting
02/14/2014 Crowdfunding for Your Invention
01/31/2014 Member's Only Meeting
10/11/2013 Your Invention - It Matters What It Looks Like
09/27/2013 Member's Only Meeting
09/13/2013 Market Validation - Inexpensively
08/09/2013 Marketing and Advertising for Inventors
07/12/2013 Do Your Own Novelty Search (for patentablity)
06/14/2013 Get it made in Orange County!
05/10/2013 3 Keys To A Winning Invention
04/12/2013 "The Sourcing Lady" Sourcing from Asia for Inventors
03/08/2013 First-to-File and Submitting your own Provisional Application
02/08/2013 Inventing 101 -- The basic steps to inventing
11/09/2012 Success Stories !
10/12/2012 Stephen Key
09/14/2012 Free help for Inventors !
08/10/2012 Plastics for Inventors in a Nutshell
07/13/2012 Funding Your Invention
06/08/2012 Inventing on a Shoestring
05/11/2012 Seminar on Trademarks and other non-patent legal issues
04/13/2012 Patents 101 1/2 -- Three Topics in Patenting
03/09/2012 Rapid Prototyping. Speaker is Ken Burns of Growit3D based in Lake Forest.
11/11/2011 Kellie Oliver - Is a TV Shopping Channel Right for your Product? How do you do it?
10/14/2011 Success Stories, Minna Ha, Henry Adams, Mark Weber, Rich Ernst
09/09/2011 Do-it-Yourself Patent Search with Theo G. Kafantaris, JD
08/12/2011 Robert Price - Roadmap To Entrepreneurial Success
07/08/2011 Matthew Spark - Who are Patent Examiners and what do they really do?
06/10/2011 Chris Pegula - Started Successful Business from Scratch - Learned On-the-Job - All about Product, Brand, Perseverance and Customers
05/13/2011 Stephen Key - One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work
04/08/2011 Warren Tuttle, UIA President - How to Work with Major Manufactures and Brands
03/11/2011 Ellsa Grossman - The business of invention: Assessing start-up feasibility
02/11/2011 Michael McEntee, JD - Inventing 101 - The five basic steps to inventing, and an overview of IF's 5-Star Method
11/12/2010 How I Did It -- An In-Depth Case Study of a Successful Inventor
10/08/2010 Success Stories
09/10/2010 Financing for Inventors
08/13/2010 Direct TV Sales Primer
07/09/2010 How to Find and Negotiate with a Licensee
06/11/2010 Market Research: Why You Need it & How it's Done
05/14/2010 Write & File Your Own Provisional Patent
04/09/2010 Do-it-Yourself Patent Research
03/12/2010 Rapid Prototyping
02/12/2010 Inventing 101 -- The five basic steps to inventing, and an overview of IF's 5-Star Method
11/13/2009 Success Stories
10/09/2009 Taking Your Invention Business Seriously
09/11/2009 Rapid Prototyping
08/14/2009 So you've got a great idea! Now what?
07/10/2009 Infomercials, QVC, and Direct Response TV
06/12/2009 Write your own Provisional Patent
05/08/2009 Branding and Social Media Marketing
03/13/2009 What Not to Do when Inventing
11/14/2008 Michael L. Schack - Current Issues in Financing for Inventors
10/10/2008 Success Stories
09/12/2008 Terry Price - Cerritos College - Plastics for Inventors
08/08/2008 Salesmanship 101 -- Cold Calling & Other Sales Skills
07/11/2008 Write your own Provisional Patent
06/13/2008 Inventions – from Idea to Prototype to Production
05/09/2008 Rapid Prototyping
04/11/2008 What Every Inventor Needs to Know About Non-Patent IP (Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets)
03/14/2008 Patent Panel of Experts; Question & Answer Session
02/08/2008 The First Steps to Invention - Research



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