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The regular meetings of the Denver Metro Area Rocky Mountain Inventors Association (RMIA) are held on the second and fourth Monday's of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Denver Community Church at 1101 South Washington Street, Denver, CO 80210 (click here for a map). Snacks and drinks provided at all regular meetings,



Details of upcoming "regular" and "special" meetings are listed below. Special meetings are usually held at different locations, refer to specific event for "special" meeting locations. 


Members: free     Non-Members: $10    (snacks and drinks provided)                                                                                                                     (Pay at the "Join Us" tab above, via Meetup.com, or at the door. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.)

Additional information contact: Roger Jackson,  Phone: 303-271-9468,    Email: roger@jacksonip.com                                                                                 



Special Denver Metro Inventors Meeting February 16, 2016, from 6PM to 8PM, at the Denver Public Library-Downtown Branch

Topic: Patent Searches using espace.net (being the European Patent Office)

This is a new class for initiating the searcher into the European Patent Office search engine that has patents and patent application publications from around the world (including the United States) resulting in a patents database of more than 90 million patents, including figures and abstracts translated into English for non English patents, also note that this will be a "hands on" training wherein you will have your own terminal to follow the instructor.   Because this is the library-there are no drinks or food allowed, however, this event is free to the public. 

The location is at the Denver Public Library-Main Downtown Branch 13th & Broadway, NW corner-go to the 4th floor east end to the large computer classroom map link here   On parking, area street parking on AcomaBannock, and 12th, the street parking meters are free after 6PM, or you can park in the Art Museum garage for $4 for 2 hours-enter the garage on 12th between Broadway and Acoma.     



Monday, November 23, 2015 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church 

Topic: My Experiences being an Angel Investor and Working in Startups 

Speaker: Mark Vappi

Description:   Mark Vappi has been an angel investor in multiple startup companies and also has worked in numerous startup companies and will share his experiences-both the good and bad.




Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - Special Denver Metro Meeting, 6:00PM-8:00PM, Denver Public Library-Downtown Branch-4th floor west end-see map link above 

Topic: ideaLAB 

Speaker: Denver Public Library Staff

Description:   This is a 3D printing lab that has software and terminals for you to create your 3D CAD drawings and then 3D print your creation-this is all free and allows you to get familiar with 3D printing, this class will show you all of the ideaLAB capabilties



Saturday, December 12, 2015 Special Meeting 10AM to 4:30PM, Denver Patent Office at 1961 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80294

Topic: Patents & Trademarks

Description: This seminar is free and open to the public will cover general patents & trademarks, searching, electronic file system, Patent Pro Bono, and Examination, also a Q & A session with Patent and Trademark Office Representatives.    Note that as this is a federal building, you will need a photo ID (drivers license or passport) and allow time for security checks.    


Monday, December 14, 2015 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church 

Topic: Marketing-Diving into the buyer's psychology of their purchase decision and trying to understand what is important to your market 

Speaker: Creed Smith

Description:   Creed Smith has a degree in marketing and extensive experience in parsing out a buyers decision making process as applied to software utilizing large databases of information-this really represents the future of helping to understand how your markets view things-sometimes termed "big data". 




Monday, January 11, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church 

Topic: What the Denver Patent Office can offer you as an inventor / startup business 

Speaker: Robin Evans

Description:   Robin Evans is the director of the Denver Patent Office and has been a supervisory patent examiner with many years experience, so come ask Robin all of your patent related questions.   



Monday, January 25, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church 

Topic: Update on the JOBS Act for crowd sourced EQUITY based funding 

Speaker: John Eckstein-Securities Attorney

Description:   John will give an update to the SEC (Securities & Exchange Commission) new rules on nationwide internet based crowd sourced EQUITY based funding-this is an excellent opportunity for startup funding possibilities, so come ask John all of your crowd sourced funding related questions.    Note that this in NOT what Kickstarter and the like are at all, these are NOT Equity funding, they are product sales and donations not ownership. 



Monday, February 8, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church 

Topic: Progress of the Sapphire Dental Tool Product 

Speaker: Steve Rosen-CEO of Sapphire Technology, LLC

Description:   After receiving their patent and trademark and then funding of $250,000, Steve will update us on the Dental Tool's progress in Regulatory, Technical, Testing, Manufacturing, and Sales issues.   This product had a write-up in the Denver Post.  


Monday February 22, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church

Topic: In's and Out's of getting US government grant funding for SBIR and related programs

Speaker: Mike Anderson-CEO of ReliAscent (a government funding intermediary)

Description:  Russ Farmer who owns ReliAscent has presented to our group in the past on SBIR opportunities and has requested that Mike Anderson present on the opportunities that exist for SBIR and related government programs, items include phases (development), funding amounts, types of technology, and ownership of the technology.     Companies like ReliAscent help small business and inventors work through the maze of government documentation to help enhance your chances of being awarded a government grant.

Mike Anderson Contact Info:

Phone: 303-999-3802

Email: manderson@reliascent.com


Monday, June 13th, 2016 - Regular Denver Metro Meeting, 7:00PM-9:00PM, Denver Community Church

Topic: What Angels Want from Inventors and Founders

Whether you need funding or not you should always have your company and product situated to appear attractive financially for a number of reasons being; ability to raise money if required, better company valuation, managing your company better, to attract better talent for your team, and numerous other reasons. 

Speaker Bio:  

Paul Neilson is a highly experienced engineer and entrepreneur with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a masters degree in computer science.  Paul co-founded Adaptive Instruments Corporation, making the first smart temperature transmitter produced, with many other innovative products that followed-Adaptive Instruments was eventually sold to Accutech Wireless of Schneider Electric.  Paul also has been involved in a number of SBIR projects and teaches Engineering Entrepreneurship at the University of Denver.   Paul is also an Angel investor that is involved with the Rockies Venture Club.   It isn't often we get an Angel investor to spend the time to help inventors to structure themselves to better have the chance to obtain funding, so this is a must attend meeting.

Speaker Contact:

Phone: 720-420-9090

Email: pneilson@neilsonlabs.com




Future TBD meetings:


Special Denver Metro Area Inventors Meeting on will be announced in the future being from 6PM to 8PM, for Learning How to do a Top Quality Patent Search (note this class is repeated every quarter or so, due to its popularity);

Speaker: Training staff at the Denver Public Library

Topic:  Hands on (on computer terminal) training for PubWEST  - US Patent Office patent & patent application publication search tool.   In addition, the Denver Public Library will have the capability of the US Patent Office PubEAST system, which is the search tool for accessing multiple patent and publication databases worldwide, if you learn this system PubEAST and PubWESTyou will have the same capability as an Examiner at the US Patent Office for quality searching.   We will also discuss the world wide patent technology classification system termed the Cooperative Patent Classification or CPC system this will make worldwide searching much more efficient as every patent office in the world will have the same technology classification system.

Time: 6:00PM to 8:00PM

In conjunction with our affiliation with the Denver Public Library and in accordance with the Rocky Mountain Inventors Association (RMIA) mission to be an inventors non-profit educational organization we are offering training for you the inventor to become a top quality searcher and to save hundreds if not thousands of dollars, so why pay for someone else to do your search when you can learn to do a top quality search yourself, especially if you have numerous ideas you want to check out search wise. 

The location is at the Denver Public Library-Main Branch 13th & Broadway, NW corner-go to the 3rd floor to "Reference" located on the (south central side of building) map link here and ask for access to "PubWEST" (they will help you) which is the enhanced patent search system that Patent Examiners use at the Patent Office in Washington DC-"PubWEST" has enhanced features for searching that are NOT available online-this is only available locally at the Denver Public Library and the Denver Patent Office (when it opens this July), this is the best searching you can do, as it is the same system that the Patent Office Examiners use (note this is NOT available online)-so if you are serious about doing a quality search, this is a must attend-meeting size is limited to 12 people who can have "hands-on" learning on a terminal, we can accommodate more than 12 people, but you will just be able to watch the training, we will have another class if needed.      Click here to learn more about how PubWEST is superior as compared to general online search.   Note that for the training class only-go up to the 4th floor directly above the previously identified "Reference" to the small computer training room for the class, however, for just using the PubWEST on your own, then you go to the 3rd floor Reference.   On parking, area street parking on Acoma, Bannock, and 12th, as the street parking meters are free after 6PM, you may have to pay for 15 minutes at 25 cents, or you can park in the Art Museum garage for $4 for the evening-enter the garage on 12th between Broadway and Acoma.                         

Denver Public Library Inventors Meeting for Basic Patent Search will be announced in the future;

Speaker: Steve Schneck of the Denver Public Library who also teach the PubWEST and PubEAST classes above

Topic: Basic patent searching

Description: Unless you are a very experienced patent searcher-it is highly recommended you take this basic searching class prior to taking eitherPubWEST or PubEAST above.  This class is put on by the Denver Public Library with assistance from the Rocky Mountain Inventors Association, the basic searching class is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. 

Colorado Springs Metro Area Inventors Meetings are suspended for now-watch for a future announcement;

(The Colorado Springs Metro Area including the Pikes Peak area Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of each month 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

For general information on Colorado Springs area meetings contact Doug Estrada at;

Phone: 719-648-7122   Email: doug@woodland-park.net   

The location for the Colorado Springs area meetings is 10605 Green Mountain Falls Road, Green Mountain Falls, CO 80819

(Go to the far back building in the room next to the indoor basketball court)

Click here for a map to the Colorado Springs Area meetings.   

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Fort Collins / Loveland Metro Area Inventors Meeting are suspended for now-watch for future announcement 




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