Alamo Inventors, San Antonio, Texas

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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, October 14, 2020 (Online - Register Here)

Tipping Point Inventions: Why They Matter To Inventors, with Jack Lander

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Tipping Point Inventions: Why They Matter To Inventors, with Jack Lander

Jack Lander is our speaker for October and says that inventors are generally of two basic types. Either inventors stumble upon a need, want, annoyance, etc. that is not yet perfectly solved or fulfilled; or inventors intentionally search for opportunities. The stumbled upon inventions are generally created to satisfy the eureka moment and are almost always stymied by a flood of prior art. But if they are sufficiently novel, they may squeak by the patent examiner's eagle eye and receive a patent. The intentional invention search, however yields plenty of opportunities for discovery of gaps in the prior art or the outright absence of prior art, a fertile field for inventing, in other words.

Those fertile fields are most opportune when they result from a tipping point invention. By that Mr. Lander means an invention that results in a dramatic opening to new ways of life. For example, in 1799 Alessandro Volta invented the voltaic pile, which, in our terms, was the first electric battery. This led to entirely new field of physics: low voltage inventions. One of the first was Michael Faraday's invention of the electromagnet and soon after, the electric motor. What followed was the telegraph, telephone, electric lights, radio, etc.

Jack's talk will cover several tipping point inventions and how they have affected our lives. And, of course, the suggestion that if you are an intentional inventor, or aspire to be one, how tipping points may be your key to that one great invention we all dream of!

If you are a reader of Inventors' Digest magazine, you already know Jack. He has written the featured column, 'Lander Zone,' for the past 24 years.

Jack has 13 US patents and several European patents. Examples of his patents are a thermal connector for disconnecting high voltage circuitry from a heat sink; a bicycle transmission that shifted under power; and mechanism used in the world's first disposable laparoscopic surgical instrument.

Jack has mentored inventors since 1995 and has written two books Make Money by Moonlighting, and All I Need is Money, and a third, Hire Yourself, the startup alternative, that will be published by Ingram on February 15th. To view Mr. Lander’s website, click HERE. Contact Jack at

Up Coming Bootcamp Notice

If you have attended or watched the start of Alamo Inventors meetings, you have seen Alan Beckley, inventor of the Wonder Wallet, answer key questions on product licensing and marketing.

You may be interested in Alan’s Pitch Your Product Like A Pro Bootcamp LINK, a 5-day Zoom bootcamp (one hour per day) to help inventors (1) pick their best product, (2) create a pitch that grabs attention and (3) get their product into the marketplace! To learn what you can expect from the bootcamp, click HERE . Cost - $27; Registration ends Sunday October 4.

Meeting Flyer: Tipping Point Inventions: Why They Matter To Inventors, with Jack Lander (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

2020 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
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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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