South West Inventors Club is a Yeovil Based mutual support group for novice inventors in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and the surrounding area.
Group activities have been suspended
until further notice
Enquiries via email or phone are still welcome
About South West Inventors Club
The South West Inventors Club meet on the 3rd Monday of the month at The Old Dairy Café, Bower Hinton Farm, Martock. TA12 6LH.We operate as a mutual support group sharing our experiences (good and bad) at trying to get our inventions into commercial production. We help each other with practical suggestions during a “round the table” session at each meeting, (where one might find a certain material, a machinist capable of a certain task, the best type of plastic moulding, the best type of Intellectual property cover, etc) We have speakers at some meetings, generally offering their services, could be regarding packaging or licence agreements for instance.It is a long road from idea to shop shelf, but it can be done several ways, it helps to have a fighting fund (an amount you are prepared to loose on a certain project before deciding to either go ahead or not). You need determination, it helps to try to do something to your project every day, even if it is only to answer an e-mail, it is a great help to join an Inventors Club, as you try to have some news for the next meeting.
Our Golden Rules
1- If it isn’t patented don’t tell anyone about it without an NDA.2 - Don’t pay anyone to exploit your invention, they will probably exploit you. (by all means pay for services but make sure you know exactly what you are getting for your money).
We have other products on the market and many others in the pipeline.Our members come from a very diverse range of backgrounds, such as a Kitchen Fitter, a Taxi firm owner, a Farmer, Packaging and Branding, Natural healing, Teaching, Computing, Engineering
Annual membership is £30 (visitors pay just £5 per meeting for their first 2 visits). All members have signed an NDA (nondisclosure agreement) and then sign a register at each meeting and visitors sign an NDA at each meeting. Handsome I.P. LtdLewis Hands, a chartered patent and trademark attorney at Handsome I.P. Ltd, has been a member of SWIC for over 10 years and has helped many members with their intellectual property (IP) matters. Lewis often attends meetings and is happy to provide ad hoc IP advice to other members.