Category Archives: Intellectual Property

For the purposes of our group, Intellectual Property (also known as IP) typically refers to a patent, trademark, or copyright.

Free Help to File a Patent

Pilot Program

One of the consistent challenges faced by club members is to gather the resources to file an application for a US patent. Members are often constrained by finances or confusion about how to find legal assistance. In order to help independent inventors who struggle to find the necessary resources for filing, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) started a pilot program called the Pro Se Assistance Program. The USPTO website describes the program thusly:

The Pro Se Assistance Program is the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s comprehensive pilot to expand outreach to inventors who file patent applications without the assistance of a registered patent attorney or agent (also known as “pro se” filing).

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Tech Tour 2016 & Boy Scout Inventor Merit Badge

Hello Everyone! There are a couple of things going on in Fort Wayne that may interest club members. They are Tech Tour 2016 (October 24 – 28, 2016) and the Boy Scout’s Merit Badge College (October 15, 2016) that, for the first time here locally, features an Inventors merit badge. Both events will be discussed at the next Meetup (October 13, 2016). Continue reading

Guest Speaker: Attorney Jeremy Gayed

Jeremy Gayed

Image Credit: Barrett McNagny LLP

Mr. Jeremy Gayed, partner and patent attorney at Barrett McNagny LLP, is the guest speaker for the June 2015, Fort Wayne Inventors Club meeting. Mr. Gayed’s presentation and discussion with club members will focus on intellectual property law, which he practices. In addition to intellectual property law, Mr. Gayed works in several other practice areas and he provides litigation services. Lawyers who practice intellectual property law are commonly referred to as “patent attorneys.” While a popular term, it does not capture the full scope of this type of practice, which not only includes patents, but other forms of intellectual property such as trademarks and copyrights. For more information about Mr. Gayed, see his bio on the Barrett McNagny website.

The meeting is June 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm on the IndianaTech campus. The Fort Wayne Inventors Club meets in the C3, which is in the Academic Building. Click here for a map.


Barrett McNagny LLP website.

Get Your Search Together!

When most people search the Web they simply type a few words or a sentence into Google and see what comes back. This works a lot of the time, but if you are searching a complex topic and need some precision, there are other techniques to use. Conducting Web searches on complex topics such as inventions can seem like an intimidating task. Fortunately, they are not as bad as they may appear. By organizing information a little bit before searching the Web, the task becomes much easier. Continue reading

May 2012 Meeting

About a dozen hardcore inventors came to the May meeting at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.  If you missed, you really missed a great presentation!

Jeremy Gayed of Barrett and McNagny presented a VERY thorough account of the recent changes to patent and intellectual property law.  Thanks, Jeremy!

While we are thanking people, we need to remember every so often to thank the Pizza Hut restaurant at State Street and Coliseum Boulevard for donating a few tasty pizzas for our hungry inventors!  Thanks!!