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John I. L.



Chicago, IL
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Organizer since:

February 18, 2013

What do feel is the toughest obstacle facing the ground floor inventor in this global environment?

Well, there's money, but a bigger stumbling block is the intense global competition in product development. The worldwide instant communication hurts as much a it helps.

How much time to you spend per day, per week, or per month on inventing or on invention-related activity?

[masked] hours per year, on average, give or take an hour here or there...

Okay, such choices are tough, pick one more if you want or name a new category.

Well, then, I’m also part professor, part outdoorsman, part farmer & part sailor, and lately getting to be somewhat of a theologian.

So, are you an: inventor, model maker, industrial designer, patent agent or lawyer, manufacturer, an investor or a dreamer?

Yes, I am an inventor, somewhat of a model maker, definately an industrial designer, the son of a patent attorney and worked with him many times, certainly I'm a manufacturer, wish I could be an investor and was born and will die a dreamer.


Well, I'm a manufacturing engineer and industrial designer w/ a plastic molding company, teaching mechanical engineering design in night school and looking for ways to promote more innovation from private inventors around me, right here, right now.

What John I. L. is saying about this Meetup Group

We get some steady attendee's, Bob W, Joe F, myself, Salvatore, Mark R and Marty, plus a few visitors or newbees. The topics cover an interesting variety of areas and we're open to ideas. Several people have used this group to make networking contacts and have met off-line, which is great!, that was the whole idea. Those benefits included help in patent work, product development and marketing. As the host, I'm open, willing and quite able to talk about your project in detail, or in abstract terms if you prefer. Ideas presented at the meetings are met with honest critique and suggestions. JIL

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