The Mechanical Side of Product Development + Daring to Do Your Own Patent Search

May 18, 2017 · Austin, United States of America

Both  a  business speaker and engineering speaker plus a  new start time, 6:30 for networking.

The mechanical engineering side of product development.

Chris Hsiao will discuss the mechanical engineering side of product development.  He will detail the process that starts with collaboration with the design side, to the integration and cyclical iteration with the EE/embedded systems side, and finally designing for manufacturability and working with manufacturers.  Chris will also detail some lessons learned from his time at Gossamer and dealing with manufacturers stateside and abroad, as well as general good engineering practices from his decade of experience as an aerospace engineer.


Chris Hsiao is founder of the product development firm Gossamer. Gossamer specializes in hardware startup products, and has dozens of experts in the fields of design, UX/research, mechanical engineering, and app development. More information can be found at

Daring to Do Your Own Patent Searches 

Patent searches are part science and part – and often intimidating.

As a patent research professional, Steve Pearson has learned that the methodology is the same for every inventor – large or small: knowing when to search, how to manage your efforts, minimizing your risk of missing an important publication, recognizing what’s important and knowing when to stop. Plus, you’ll learn what need to know, what to ignore and when to search again.


Researching diverse technologies, for clients ranging from individuals to IP attorneys to large Fortune 500 companies, has taught Steve a great deal about tailoring the approach for various situations. Not only will Steve share some patent research insights with you, he will touch on other components of prior art research during his presentation.

Steve is the founder of The Pearson Strategy Group, LLC which provides services mimicking Innovation Boards in patent research, Competitive Intelligence, Innovation Support, and Strategic Development to the technology, power, consumer, and transportation industries.


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  • Austin Hardware Startup Meetup

    We're a group for all things hardware startups. The purpose of this group is to bring together folks interested in building businesses around physical technology products - to grow the Austin hardware community, raise awareness of hardware startups and resources, and learn from each other and those who have done it before. We meet monthly at Capital Factory on 3rd Thursdays at 6:30pm. The format of the meetup usually has a featured speaker accompanied by hardware startup demos or pitches about anything har

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