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TIA: Tennessee Inventors Association in Knoxville Tenn and Oak Ridge TN
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Tennessee Inventors Association (TIA) Meeting Newsletters

The Tennessee Inventors Association sends a monthly newsletter to members and visitors. The newsletters contain notes on the previous meeting and information on other items of interest. Some newsletters include pdf copies of the handouts. To view these handouts, Adobe Acrobat or other pdf file reader/viewer program must me installed on your computer.

2016 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

April 2016 Open Meeting

The next TIA meeting is Saturday, April 23, at 10 am at our usual meeting place on the LMU campus in West Knoxville. Our April meeting is an open meeting. We do not have a scheduled speaker. Instead, members and visitors are free to discuss invention topics of interest to them and/or provide updates on their progress.


March 2016 Elizabeth Rowland

The March TIA meeting featured Elizabeth Rowland. She is the Executive Director of TN-China Network (TNCN), a new state-wide non-profit organization based in Knoxville. The TNCN seeks to educate and connect to people in Tennessee that do business with China. The TNCN holds educational and networking events, has a blog and e-newsletter to keep the community updated on TN-China business, and maintains an online resources page that serves as a first-stop source for TN-China-related business and community resources.



February 2016 TIA Open Meeting

The February TIA meeting was an open meeting with presentations from several local inventors.

Bennie Williams discussed his Entry Clean invention. He invented a mechanical door mat.


January 2016 Open Meeting Canceled

The January TIA meeting was canceled due to inclement weather.

2015 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

December 2015 Annual brunch meeting

Every December the TIA has a brunch-meeting at a local restaurant. This year the meeting was scheduled for December 19. The early meeting date avoids having our regularly scheduled meeting the day after Christmas.

The TIA members met at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 9507 Kingston Pike (Windsor Square Shopping Center), for a late breakfast/early lunch. The meeting was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better.


October 2015 Open Meeting

The October 24, 2015, TIA meeting will be a planning meeting for the TIA elections. Everyone is asked to think about how they can best serve the group.


September 2015 Vig Sherrill & Graphene

Vig Sherrill was the featured speaker for the September 26, 2015, TIA meeting. Vig is a scientist, entrepreneur, and successful businessman. His latest venture is General Graphene and Vig spoke about graphene, which is one atom thick.


August 2015 General Meeting

The August 22, 2015, TIA meeting was an open meeting with Walt Williams from SCORE giving a presentation.


July 2015 Brian Church

The July speaker was Brian Church, CEO of IdeaShares, a Nashville company catering to inventors.


June 2015 Member updates

The June TIA meeting was an informal meeting with updates from members.


2015 May Jake Horton on Protecting your IP

The May speaker was Jake Horton, a patent attorney at Pitts & Lake. Jake gave an overview of the changes in patent law and also discuss trademark protection.


April 2015 Open meeting

The April meeting was dedicated to member topics.