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The IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network is an affinity group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Region 5 Central Texas Section.


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section.

Meetings - General Information

The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.

Should You Patent It Yourself

September 2018


Should You Patent It Yourself


Patents have, to some extent, fallen out of favor for the protection of certain Intellectual Property (IP). Recent statistics indicate as many as 80% of all issued patents are invalid because of poor quality of processing at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

For many years, some inventors have obtained patents without the services of a Patent Attorney or Agent using David Pressmanís fine book but there are some practical and management issues with that.

Bob will review these issues for certain situations and will describe a hybrid approach that has worked well.

Bob is not a patent attorney or agent and therefore cannot provide legal advice on the subject.

Bob Hunter   Email:
Speaker's Bio:
Bob Hunter

Robert D. (Bob) Hunter is a retired manager of regulatory compliance and consultant whose published books treat intellectual property (IP) from a management perspective (not a "how-to"). Bob was one of the founders of the IEEE Consultants organization and served as Chair of the Central Texas Section (1980). Bob obtained BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University in 1959 and 1962, respectively. Bob was employed at Philco as a Patent Engineering Specialist for 12 years.

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
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Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. Supper is at optional extra cost.
Reservations: Not required. All interested parties are invited to attend.
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If you are interested in professional career development and cross-training in varied technical fields, please consider joining the Central Texas Consultants Network. And bring a colleague!

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