two meetings a month
The IAA holds two meetings per month. The first Wednesday of each month is dedicated to all inventors, including non-members. At these meetings, we have a keynote speaker and networking.
The third Wednesday of each month is dedicated to the IAA members only. During this time, we provide hands-on help for individual inventors as they take their inventions through the various stages of development. These meetings generally follow a think tank format.
MEET our team
lisa lloyd executive director
Lisa has been a professional inventor for 30 years and founded the IAA with her mother in 1995 to help others learn how to invent and license products. She is deeply passionate about sharing all the learnings from her success AND failures with others! She deeply believes in service to others and takes a more holistic approach when it comes to mentoring. In addition to teaching the tactical and practical steps in business, she believes you MUST also address the challenges in your heart and head! Click Here to learn more.
Alex is the president and founder of Invention to Patent Services LLC, a creative intellectual property service company focused on helping individual inventors obtain a strategically written patent at an affordable price. Alex is a registered patent agent with the USPTO and has more than twenty years of experience. In addition, Alex is an inventor and has more than twenty patents issued in his own name. Alex is a sought-after speaker on intellectual property issues.
Peter Grant, director
Peter is the Patents & Trademarks librarian and Assistant Administrator of the State of Arizona Research Library at the Arizona State Capitol. Peter has a strong background in the federal patent and trademark process, as well as in conducting professional patent searches. Peter has been a longstanding member of the IAA and has been instrumental in helping others get started with their inventions, as well as helping experienced inventors move to higher levels.
Laura Myers member emeritus
Following a corporate buyout, Laura left the pharmaceutical industry to focus on creative endeavors. At her kitchen table, Laura created a product she called Pocket Change. Pocket Change was the first non-permanent decoration for the back pockets of little girls’ blue jeans. She licensed Pocket Change to a large crafts company and her product became available in 3800 stores nationwide. Laura found the Inventors Association of Arizona late in the licensing process. Once a member, she enjoyed all the assistance she received in negotiating licensing contract terms and what to expect going forward in the licensing journey. In 2010, Laura was elected as the Executive Director of the IAA and she enjoyed leading this organization until her retirement in 2022.