Alamo Inventors, San Antonio, Texas

Come and learn about inventing and how to take your idea to the next level.
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Once a month, we have a meeting with a presentation about something invention related. Sometimes it's the creative part, like how someone came up with an idea. Sometimes it's the legal parts, like protection, patents, trademark, & licensing. Manufacturing comes up a lot, and so does marketing. We always enjoy our speakers, and we always learn from them. Questions are always encouraged, and our speakers share insights you can't get anywhere else. Before the meeting, you can visit with other inventors. New faces are always welcome, and if you have questions about invention or patents or marketing or ... there are usually members who can help guide you.

Meeting Date
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 (Online - Register Here)

Behind the Curtain: Defending a Major Toy Brand from Knockoffs, with Ted Olds and John Siragusa

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Behind the Curtain: Defending a Major Toy Brand from Knockoffs,
with Ted Olds and John Siragusa

Ted Olds and John Siragusa from the Intellectual Property Law Firm, Carlson, Gaskey & Olds, P.C. will discuss their efforts representing the Rainbow Loom against copiers, counterfeiters and knock-off artists. Ted has been an Intellectual Property Attorney for over 30 years, and John for over 20 years. Their practice involves patent prosecution, litigation in U.S. District Court and the International Trade Commission, trademarks and copyrights. All of that expertise became important when the Rainbow Loom became the hottest fad product in the World in 2013 and 2014.

The Rainbow Loom is a loom that is utilized to make bracelets or other items from small rubber bands It was named Toy of the Year in 2014. As its popularity increased, cheap knock-offs, more sophisticated design around attempts and eventually flat out counterfeits began flooding the United States, Europe and Asia. Ted and John will talk about their efforts to stem this flow of infringing products including enlisting Customs in several countries and the court systems. They will talk about what was successful and what was not so successful. Further, they will talk about the basic protection that Rainbow Loom luckily obtained early on that gave it the ability to fight back.

The Rainbow Loom was invented by Cheong Choon Ng. He was an independent inventor working as an engineer at an automobile company when the product was created, and began to take off. He was soon working full time with his family marketing, manufacturing and selling the Rainbow Loom. He is truly an independent inventor success story. At one time the product was so popular that for weeks Jimmy Kimmel featured it, eventually wearing a suit made from the linked rubber bands.

See The USA Today story on the Rainbow Loom HERE.

Meeting Flyer: Behind the Curtain: Defending a Major Toy Brand from Knockoffs with Ted Olds and John Siragusa (pdf)

Guests are welcome.

From 6pm to 6:30pm Invention Q & A
Various topics each month.

From 6:30pm to 8:00pm Guest Speaker

Do not come to SATC, as there won't be anyone there.

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We usually meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Meeting Location
Social Distancing Requires an ONLINE ONLY MEETING

2021 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
December TBD 2021
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Annual Dues are $25 individual, $95 corporate, students free.

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Non Profit
Alamo Inventors, Inc is a 501(c)3 not for profit Texas corporation. Membership and donations are used to fund our modest operational costs.

Alamo Inventors
George Burkhardt
210.240.5011 or 210.649.2080

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About Us

Alamo Inventors was founded in 2000 and welcomes members and guests to join in with like-minded people from around the area in achieving success in your inventions.

Each month we have meetings to collaborate, interact, inform, and learn about inventing, marketing, manufacturing, protecting, and learning how to succeed with inventions. The mission of the Alamo Inventors is to be a compass, resource and inspiration for inventors and entrepreneurs as they launch their concepts to market.

What We Do
We provide monthly meetings where members can meet and discuss their ideas, problems and solutions, talk with community resource members, and hear guest speakers talk about their real world experiences.

This provides a forum where this information may be shared and discussed to expand and educate the membership of the group.

Additional on-line resources are available to help direct the inventor and entrepreneur to the local and national organizations to help them as their ideas progress from concept to market.

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