Welcome Guest Speaker Redwood Stephens, President of Synapse

  • May 20, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Nytec Innovation Center

Synapse Product Development (www.synapse.com) provides a fully streamlined engineering and realization process for product development. They can take your concept from engineering development, manufacturing through introduction in the market.

Redwood will demystify the process and discuss the advantages of outsourcing many of processes related to product development such as ideation, building, and testing prototypes to oversight for manufacturing. 

Redwood has been passionately developing technology and products for over 16 years. His career has primarily been split between technology startups and product development companies. In the startup space his focus has been the development of energy efficient hydrogen fuel-cells and fuel-processors. In the product development space he has designed products ranging from high efficiency stoves to high volume electromechanical devices. Although Redwood has worked on a broad range of technologies and processes, some areas of focus have been heat transfer, combustion, fluid dynamics, hydrogen fuel cells, micro–filtration, water purification and high volume manufacturing methods. Redwood holds 2 issued patents and 8 pending patents.

Redwood understands that to small development stage companies, cash is important. So is hitting your schedule and delivering your product. Redwood will cover some key topics on how to think about outsourcing support for your development efforts. After the presentation, we'll break into smaller groups for discussion and Q&A on how companies can leverage outside resources when working towards early milestones, full on engineering development, and going to manufacturing.

Complimentary pizza & beverages including beer and soda will be served starting at 6:00pm so please arrive early so that you can have a drink and network among others who are passionate about Hardware Startups.

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  • Adam B.

    Would love to get a link to the Synaps deck.

    May 21, 2014

  • Jim L.

    Part 2:
    To determine micro-entity status, basic questions are:
    1) Does the applicant qualify as a small entity? (No = no micro-entity)
    2) Has the applicant or any joint inventor filed more than four US non-provisional patent applications? (Yes = no micro-entity, unless those apps were from a prior job and assigned to the prior employer)
    3) Did the applicant or any listed inventor have an income for the prior year that was greater than $153,051? (Yes = no micro-entity). This number changes annually based upon median US household income.
    4) Have rights in the app been promised or licensed to a non-micro-entity? (Yes = no micro-entity)

    Filing micro-entity does not prohibit future transfer of ownership of the patent (or pending app). All USPTO fees after transfer would be based on the entity size of the new owner. Any fees subsequent to transfer typically would not affect the original micro-entity filer, however, as the new owner would normally be responsible for such fees.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Jim L.

    After the event I received several general inquiries regarding micro-entity patent filing. In two parts, here is more info:

    PART 1:
    The base USPTO fees for filing a non-provisional utility patent application as a micro-entity are $400, including:
    Basic filing fee: $70
    Utility search fee: $150
    Utility examination fee: $180
    Additional fees may apply depending on less common factors. There are, of course, additional fees upon issuance (currently $240 for micro), and periodic maintenance fees through the 20-year life of a U.S. patent (for micro-entity, currently $400 at 3.5 yrs, 900 at 7.5 yrs and 1850 at 11.5 yrs after issue).

    Fees for services provided by an attorney or patent agent would be in addition to the government fees noted above.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Karl J Weaver 魏.

    The event was interesting and turn out great, Gregg put a lot of attention into another successful event, just enough food, great speakers at Synapse, it's good to know their services are creating some great products here in the Pacific Northwest.

    May 21, 2014

  • Adam B.

    Very good, great info, good speaker.

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Adam B.

    Looking forward to it. See you all there.

    May 14, 2014

  • Pamela & Dick S.

    I'm confused, is the meet-up time on Wednesday from 1-4PM or 6-9PM ?

    May 2, 2014

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