About Us


NAIPEC | About Us THE INDEPENDENT NATIVE AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY COUNCIL (NAIPEC) is a non-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to provide direct help and assistance to Native American inventors.

NAIPEC was founded by renowned, successful Native American Inventor T. David Petite. NAIPEC brings together some of the brightest minds in the world with a mission to assist in the field of educating, capturing, managing, developing, and manufacturing the ideas and intellectual property of Native American inventors.

Supported by its network of partners and international experts NAIPEC delivers world-class education, advanced interdisciplinary research and modern business development support.

NAIPEC is an inventor-based organization whose management team has a proven track record of taking ideas from “the back of napkin” to full commercialization, creating new markets and new jobs.

The history of Native American innovation dates back through millennia. Providing assistance to the Native American community provides additional means of economic development for tribal groups around the country. It also bring the vast pool of talent that exists within these communities to the forefront of modern technological and cultural life.

We are currently supported by privately raised funding, intellectual know-how and direct resource support. We are actively seeking other funding sources and looking to expand our network of resources. Our Membership Program is open to all, and provides ongoing support for the organization, and also valuable resources for our members.

As NAIPEC grows we are looking to utilize and expand native knowledge and convert it into a valuable commodity exchange. Our objective is to provide the ability to bring measurable income growth opportunity for the native inventor and tribal organizations. By facilitating this growth we expect to see the intellectual resources of Native innovation create centers of excellence and innovation, incubating ideas into sustainable intellectual and real capital, providing for the inventors and the tribe, new and more abundant income resources for Native Americans.

For more about us and our Native American IP Project, please read our recent White Paper | Harmony


Board of Directors

T. Davyd Petite is of the Ojibwa from the Fond Du Lac tribe, Inventor, Founder of NAIPEC 

Kim Ribbans, Executive Director.

Advisory Panel

Clarence O’Berry | Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mandaree Enterprise Corporation (MEC)

Constantine Dantoulis | Managing Director, Practicos Development, LLC

John Herman | Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, Chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice 

Kodee Goysean | (San Carlos Apache, Tucson AZ)

Dr Edwin Brownrigg | retired Professor Cal Berkley

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