Who We Are

Dave Cormier and Karyl Lynch of Pelham West provide services in two main areas. As product scouts for client companies, Pelham West offers product identification services and consulting to companies recognizing the benefits of adding new products in order to grow their businesses. In addition, Dave and Karyl apply their experience with product review, particularly in terms of market potential and concerns, to an evaluation combining relevant market and manufacturing information. Clients range from privately held to Fortune 500 companies.

Pelham West provides consulting to independent inventors making the decision about whether to market a product themselves or to license. Independent inventors also contact Pelham West with the intention of licensing their products to one of their client companies.

Dave and Karyl have been judges for major invention competitions, including those sponsored by Proctor and Gamble, Dial Corporation, and CBS (in conjunction with the United Inventors Association). They teach the From Patent to Profit workshops on the East Coast and in Arizona and are frequent speakers at inventor organizations and conferences. Karyl and Dave are partners in a manufacturing company and have recently co-founded a new business, Product Development Group, which offers invention and product evaluation services to its client companies. Pelham West has successfully matched a variety of products to multiple clients. One product won a Best New Product Award at the International Hardware Show. Their experience covers retail as well as commercial and industrial products.

Biography

Board members:
United Inventors Association, 2006-2008

Judges 
Dial Corporation’s Quest for the Best Contest, 2004
UIA/Inventor's Digest/Proctor and Gamble's Hunt for the Hot New Consumer Product, 2003
CBS Morning Show Invention Search, Not So Crazy Ideas, 2002
Business Plan Preliminary Presentation, Entreclub, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2001

Guest Speakers
Independent Inventors' Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA, 2005
Panelists: Dreams Can't Wait Conference, sponsored by ChangingCourse.com, 2004

Founders
Innovators' Resource Network, 1999-present, a support and networking group for inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs meeting monthly at the Andrew M. Scibelli Enterprise Center, Springfield Technical Community College Technology Park, Springfield, Massachusetts

Inventor Show Workshops/Presentations
Yankee Invention Exposition, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008
       Licensing or Manufacturing: What is Best for You?
Minnesota Inventors Congress, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007,2008,2009
       Licensing or Manufacturing; What is Best for You?
       Preparing to License Your Product
       Independent Inventors as a Resource for Growing Your Business
       What to do Before Meeting a Product Scout
       How a First Impression at a Trade Show Affects the Product Scout
Community Development Corporations of western Massachusetts, 2002 – 2005
       Ideas, Inventions, and Innovations workshops

Inventor Organization Presentations
Tucson Inventors Group, 2014
Arizona Inventors' Association, Tucson and Phoenix, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006
Inventors' Association of New England, Boston, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006,2009
Innovators’ Resource Network, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007,2009,2010
Minnesota Inventors Network, 2004, 2006,2009
Starting a Group for Inventors, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office/United Inventors' Association Presentation, Syracuse, NY, 2002

Workshop Presentations
From Patent to Profit workshops
® (based on Bob DeMatteis' book), offered at a variety of locations, including Catalina Technology Management, Tucson, Arizona, Small Business Development Centers, and the Center for Business and Development, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, Massachusetts, 2002- 2005

What to Do When Your Ideas Begin to Go Somewhere, Lemelson Assistive Technology Design Center Forum, Hampshire College, 2002
Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets, STCC Entrepreneurial Institute, Springfield, Massachusetts, 2001.
Valley Entrepreneurs' Roundtable, Northampton, Massachusetts, 2001
Panel participants: Yankee Invention Exposition, 1999, 2006
Patent Cafe: Tuesday Web Chat "Speakers", 2000
Patent Cafe: Tuesday Web Chat "Speakers", 1999

Publications
Starting an Inventors' Group, by Karyl Lynch, published by the United Inventors' Association, 2001

Building Your Dream: If You Build It, Will They Come?, Inventright, February 2009
A Manufacturer with Smarts by Karyl Lynch, Inventors' Digest, January/February 2004
Problem Solving for the Disabled by Karyl Lynch, Inventors' Digest, July/August, 2002
A Three Headed Zform by Karyl Lynch, Inventors' Digest, March/April, 2002
Life Saver by Karyl Lynch, Inventors' Digest, January/February 2001
Patent Cafe Magazine:
    Yankee Invention Exposition: October 1999
    The Job Shop Technology Shows: November 1999

Articles about Pelham West Associates
A Tale of Two Product Scouts, by Joanne Hayes-Rines, Inventors Digest, September/October, 2001
Scanning the Horizon for Inventions, by Nick Grabbe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 26, 2001
The Tinker's Thinkers by Richie Davis, Greenfield Recorder, April 24, 2000

Article about the Innovators' Resource Network
Innovators lend hand to aspiring inventors, by Nick Grabbe, Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 25, 2002

Web Guides
PatentCafe.com, Inventor Groups Section, 1999-2001

Mentors
Critical and Creative Thinking courses, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2001 - 2003