Pittsburgh Area Inventors Unite – come learn, protect, evaluate, and share !


Phone: 412-527-6921

Mailing Address:  4268 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA 15146


Next Club Meeting –  Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 7:15 pm – Monroeville Public Library, 4000 Gateway Campus Dr.    Cannot get there?  Consider videoconferencing – email to address below. 

Check out the Links and Library pages.

Let’s keep the inventive juices flowing !!!


Stay tuned for more on efforts to establish videoconferencing for those far away.   We have not ruled out Skype since they have eliminated their fee for more than 2, but I now have a preference for Google Hangouts or ooVoo because I think that Skype is just trying to force out competition then they will return to charging a fee. For Google Hangouts, if you don’t have a gmail account, you can use of the two I have set up for Club use. I also have a two ooVoo accounts for Club members to use.  Please let me know of any thoughts on Skype vs ooVoo vs Hangouts. (to coinventors@gmail.com)

Also, check out the new tab at the top called “Library”. This is a place I will be putting articles that I think may be of interest to some inventors.


Comments on: "Home" (12)

  1. Members, and others, are invited to post a question that a club member may be able to answer, such as where to get help making a certain type of prototype, or where they might be able to buy something or other.

  2. Andrew F said:

    I am interested in Licensing directly to manufacturers, but am not comfortable in my contract writing skills. Is there an org that can help with this issue?

    • Andrew,
      Hi. At the Inventors Club website under the Documents tab, you will find one called NDA-blank-1. With the blanks filled in, this confidentiality agreement can serve you well enough in making initial inquiries with manufacturers, assuming they sign it. If they ever offer you a licensing deal, then you probably should seek professional help. One source I am aware of is this: http://www.jrayassoc.com/Practice_Areas/License_Agreements.aspx.
      Good Luck!

  3. nelse dumas said:

    I’m asking if anyone will vote for my idea the buddy buggy a personal shopping cart. To vote go to quirky.com and put in the buddy buggy in the search box need 183 votes to bring it to market. Thanks!

  4. nelse dumas said:

    The buddy buggy is a personal shopping cart that allows shopper to load up grocery and return back to their car and load the whole cart in the trunk bags intact because of the retractable legs. Need 183 votes to bring it to market. To vote and see description go to quirky.com. thanks!

  5. nelse dumas said:

    Thanks for replying back about what categories the buddy buggy is in that will be home and gardening.

  6. Does a Pittsburgh “West” Inventors Club exist?

  7. Iris Townsend said:

    Good morning,
    Glad to know this service is available. I have been doing alot of research concerning inventions. I have an idea for an invention that I would like to start working on. I am all new at this. I would like to obtain a provisional patent to start with. Do you have a local patent agent or attorney that you would recommend (local to the Pittsburgh area)

    Also I’ve read that for a provisional patent a new inventor could draw their own design to send in and apply for their own provisional patent….however other research lists that it is best to pay an attorney. To your knowledge is this true?

    Is there a person that you would recommend to draw the design….? I would prefer for it to be drawn very well…as I’m not a person that can draw very well. Would it be a draft person…that can operate CAD on a computer?

    Thank you very much for your assistance

    • Iris & Others,
      I have done some part time work for James Ray & Associates and would recommend them as one to consider, but getting a couple of quotes is not a bad idea.
      (see http://www.jrayassoc.com/Practice_Areas/Patents.aspx)
      I suggest that in checking out for a patent attorney or agent, you look at their body of work over the past 2 years or more to see what sorts of patents that they have been successful in getting allowed. Go to http://patft.uspto.gov/ and on left side click on Quick under patents. Then in “term” box type in the firms name, then in Field 1 select Agent or Attorney – then click on Search. You can see the titles and numbers for patents starting with their most recent. You can click on each one if you want to see more. Design patents that start with a D should not even be counted – they take no skill other than for the draftsman doing the Figures.
      As for provisional patents, if you have the time, moderately good computer skills, and patience, you might consider doing it yourself. James Ray and Associates charges about $1100, so it comes down to how much do you value your time, and how many more might you do in the future. There is no point in doing first-class drawings for a provisional – things might change within the year before filing a utility application. I frequently discuss these matters at our monthly meetings, if you can make one.
      Founder, Pittsburgh East Inventors Club

      • Iris Townsend said:

        Thank you very much for your assistance. I will call the number that you listed in the email that you sent to me.

  8. Club member Augie revealed recently that he has a YouTube video about one of his products – enter “granite bumper cushion” and check it out. He also spoke favorably about using mfg.com to get a couple of products produced for selling. Sometimes there are some communication problems if going to China, but good drawings help a lot.

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