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, February 8, 2023 (Online - Register Here)

Presentation: The Story Of A Fishing Trip & A Patented Product

Guest Speaker: Keith Lawrence

In our February meeting, Keith Lawrence will tell the story of how a fishing trip led to a patented product. While on a fishing trip to Canada there was the spark that really got Keith to push past wishful thinking and begin to imagine how to solve a very real problem he and other fishermen were having. The problem being encountered was how to easily and safely retain a caught fish’s mouth open so that the fishing hook could be quickly and carefully removed all without hurting the fish.

Keith will explain how he developed and prototyped the OUT Tool Jaw Spreader to lock a fish’s mouth open over 7 inches using a novel pivoting hand grip controlled ratcheting mechanism and associated opposing separation arms. He will also explain how the tool is designed not to hurt the fish and how the quick release mechanism permits fast removal of the tool from the fish’s mouth. He will show how the tool is operated with one hand so that the other hand can be used to remove the hook.

Keith received a patent on the tool due to its unique ratcheting action which gives the angler full single hand control of the tension and spread of the tool.

He licensed the OUT Tool Jaw Separator to a company and was thrilled to see it find placement in stores such as Bass Pro, Cabelas and Sportsman’s Warehouse. In early 2019 Keith brought the OUT Tool to market via an online presence called JPK Outdoors. It was gratifying to interact with satisfied customers but difficult to get the business into “the black.”

So in mid-2021, the OUT Tool was licensed again to a company that is striving to make OUT Tool, along with their own proprietary products, an indispensable part of every angler’s gear.

See the OUT Tool Jaw Separator at

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
ONLINE unless otherwise indicated

2023 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 11
Wednesday, February 8
Wednesday, March 8
Wednesday, April 12
Wednesday, May 10
Wednesday, June 14
Wednesday, July 12
Wednesday, August 9
Wednesday, September 13
Wednesday, October 11
Wednesday, November 8
Wednesday, December 13

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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.

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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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