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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.

2011 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

March 2011 Innovation in Manufacturing: A Success Story

Local innovator Jeff Bohanan was the featured speaker for the March 19 meeting of the TIA. In 1997 Jeff founded Protomet Corporation, an Oak Ridge design and manufacturing company. Jeff spoke about how he started Protomet and how he helps other companies develop innovative products that his company then manufactures.


February 2011 Patents and protecting inventions

Tom Kulaga presented information on the current patent laws. He discussed why patent protection may be desirable, along with a general overview of how patents work. Tom also discussed the Patent Bill that is pending in Congress.


January 2011 Using the Internet to promote your invention

Terri Brooks helps entrepreneurs “overcome the overwhelm” of using online and social media marketing for their business. She presented information on how inventors can promote their inventions using the Internet.

2010 Meetings

Month Meeting Description

December 2010 General Meeting

The agenda for the December 18 TIA meeting included a discussion of what members would like to see the TIA do in the next year. Members also presented their inventions at the meeting.


November 2010 Elections and Project Planning

The agenda for the November 20 TIA meeting iincluded our annual elections and presenting part three of the business plan. Part 3 of the inventor's business plan is the Project Plan. The steps required to move from inventing to making money need to be identified, along with the expected costs and schedule.


October 2010 Marketing of Consumer Product Inventions

Thomas Dollnig was the featured speaker for the October 16 meeting of the Tennessee Inventors Association. Tom provided a very informative discussion of selling. Every inventor needs to know how to sell. The inventor may be selling the rights to a patent. The inventor may be selling products based on the invention. But, to profit from an invention, the inventor must be able to sell.


September 2010 Business Planning: The Marketing Plan

Part two of developing a business plan was the topic for the September meeting. Two members, Carl Papa and Judie Black, presented the market plan portion of their business plans to the members.


August 2010 Legal Documents and Agreements

Maryville attorney Justin Martin of Kizer & Black discussed a day in the life of a widget. In particular, Justin discussed the legal issues relating to inventing and profiting from that invention.


July 2010 Business Planning: The Basics

The basics of developing a business plan was the topic for the July meeting. Two members, Carl Papa and Judie Black, presented the basics of business plans. They used their current projects as an example of what the first section of a business plan should cover.


June 2010 Planning meeting

The June 2010 meeting was a planning meeting. School was out and it was a bright, sunny day, which may explain why attendance was light. President Tom led a discussion about the A to Z of Inventing program. The group decided that the next meeting topic would be about developing a business plan. After some discussion, Carl Papa and Julie Black agreed to make a presentation about developing a business plan.


May 2010 Invention Evaluation

Jerry Carlson of Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) presented Over The Transom, A Product Development Executive’s Perspective on  Outside Inventions and Ideas. Jerry's presentation focused on how idea evaluation is conducted in large corporations. He discussed his experiences as an evaluator and purchaser of outside inventions and described the general process used to evaluate an outside submission. 


April 2010 Inventors Notebook

The April TIA meeting included a presentation by AJ Beal on how to manage the technical development of an invention and by Tom Kulaga on how to keep an inventor's notebook to document that development.