September General Meeting

September General Meeting
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
520 Elliot Street
Charlotte, NC  28202

We have a special guest this month for our Inventors meeting. John J. Calvert is the executive director for the U.I.A. United Inventors Association and wants to bring us up to speed on the U.I.A. and what they can do for us.

John will be helping us to understand two bills in Congress (HR 9 & S.1137) that are causing such trouble for inventors and what the UIA is doing to help.

  • He will also focus on getting us more involved with the UIA and update us on the new Board of Directors, Trade Shows, website update, YouTube channel and where we are heading over the next 6 months in the industry.
  • John is the Executive Director of the United Inventors Association (UIA), a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to empower inventors through Education, Access, and Advocacy.
  • He retired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in June 2014 were his responsibilities as senior advisor in the Office of Innovation Development included overseeing inventor, small business, and university outreach initiatives. Following passage of the America Invents Act (AIA), the USPTO made outreach and education a high priority due to the increased interest in intellectual property from the business and academic communities. John was also the administrator for the Inventors Assistance Program. As administrator, he helped create inventor assistance through pro bono and pro se initiatives both inside the USPTO and through working with universities and bar organizations.
  • John previously served as the Acting Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development. His responsibilities included developing ways to increase the USPTO presence in the independent inventor, small business and entrepreneurial communities; increasing opportunities for new patent holders to access assistance beyond the patent system; and direct responsibility for pro bono initiatives and the Ombudsman program prescribed in the AIA. He also served as acting director for the Office of Independent Inventor Programs and has worked on various details and work assignments during his career at the USPTO.
  • He graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Textile Technology in May 1971. He worked for 13 years in the textile industry prior to returning to N.C. State University to pursue a Master of Science Degree in Textile Management. In February of 1990, John joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner.
  • John received the Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Leadership and Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service and the USPTO Exceptional Career Award.


    Always remember to invite friends or business associates which would benefit from INotC. Collectively we have a deep wealth of knowledge as a group. Invite other inventors, engineers, entrepreneurs, financiers, professors, manufactures and anyone else that would enjoy the process and business of product development. Knowledge is power!!


  • This meeting cost $20 for guest or $75 for the entire year.
  • Check and Cash are accepted.
  • Thank you once again for supporting the INotC.
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  • Collectively when we network, mountains can be moved!
  • Through creativity, we can develop a civilization worth living in!
  • When we commercialize, we give our value and vision to the world! Network, Develop, Commercialize We look forward to seeing you Building info: If you have not been to our meetings before, the building is located at the end of Elliot street on the right. Then you go through the fence and down the driveway. The front door is located on the left side. Once you go in follow the hall way to the end then go through the door and turn left to the meeting room door.

    INotC Website President

    Brian James

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