December 6 Christmas Pizza and Meeting

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Alamo Inventors Meeting
Friday December 6th, 2019 @ SATC 3463 Magic 

Christmas Party
Plenty of Free Pizza and Refreshments

Schedule?
Visiting & Eating Hour: 6 PM – 7 PM
Presentation:  7 PM – 8:30 PM

Where?
San Antonio Technology Center (SATC)
3463 Magic Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229

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The networking and presentation will be held in the atrium and the conference room, respectively, on the south side of the building which faces Fredericksburg Road.

From Concept to Launch – Proven Strategies to Success

Guest Speaker:
Amy Wees

No doubt you’ve been glued to the screen during a very compelling pitch on Shark Tank, only to see the sharks shoot down the idea in one of three ways: There’s already a solution to that problem; There’s not enough demand; and the dreaded “This business isn’t scalable, you don’t have the margins to make it happen.”  Jack Trout wrote the book “Differentiate or Die”, considered by many as the bible of marketing in today’s economy.  Successful companies that follow this differentiation strategy include Apple, Lush, T-Mobile, Tesla, JetBlue, Dollar Shave Club, and Uber.  As inventors, we are the Kings of differentiation, but solving a problem isn’t enough, we must differentiate in a way that matters to the customer.

Today’s consumer is an enlightened, educated and aware. When a customer discovers your product online or in store, they are just a few clicks away from finding your competitors, researching price or reading reviews.  To succeed you must differentiate yourself with unique features that add value.  This is your USP – Unique Selling Point, and it’s the key in communicating your concept and ensuring the successful launch of your product and scalability of your business.

Ms. Wees will break down the process to analyzing your idea to ensure your mousetrap is better than the others, explain proven ways to validate customer demand and teach you how to determine pricing and source your product at a multiplier that makes your business scalable and most importantly, profitable!

Amy Wees is the inventor of SiftEase, a better way to clean the cat litter box, and the CEO of Amazing at Home Business Consulting.  Her coaching focuses on helping brands develop unique products, validate them in the marketplace, source at profitable margins and launch those products in E-Commerce with amazing brand messaging, copywriting, and search engine optimization.

She shares her skills teaching classes at business organizations locally in San Antonio Texas, coaching entrepreneurs around the world through virtual coaching sessions at https://amazingathome.com and through a formal business course teaching these fundamental concepts called the Canton (China) Fair Experience (https://thecantonfairexperience.com). She also covers these concepts on her E-Commerce Tips and Tricks podcast called “The Seller Round Table” (https://sellerroundtable.com/).

Amy is an Expert Planner with 18 years military planning experience, she holds 3 Undergraduate and 2 Graduate Degrees. She is an Entrepreneur with 3 brands in the marketplace and more on the way, a Brand Builder, Inventor, and Patent holder. She’s also a Teacher and Public Speaker, Search Engine Optimization Expert and Copywriter.

If you are an inventor, have a business and/or contemplating starting a business then you don’t want to miss Amy’s presentation – she’s impressive!

First Featured Article
Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know (Video)

Second Featured Article
USPTO Resources For Money Strapped Inventors

Third Featured Article
What Every Patent Attorney Should Teach Their Entrepreneur-Inventor Clients About the Patent Process

Fourth Featured Article
Inventing Terms Inventors Should Know…. Written in Plain English

NOTE
The New Patent Law Has Problems For Inventors
Independent inventors and start-up’s depend on strong patents to defend their inventions, however recent changes to the patent law have significantly weakened inventor’s intellectual property rights to the point that they can no longer depend on their patents to protect their innovations.  For information on the intellectual property problems, please see the movie, Invalidated: The Shredding Of The US Patent System.  Click the below image for a trailer of the movie/documentary.   You can also see the documentary on Amazon and iTunes , free with Amazon Prime subscription, or $2 otherwise.


For additional information on the patent problems, click Here.

Join Inventors Groups Of America  You’ll be amazed at the inventor resources available and inventor unity you can provide!

Question & Answer Session w/ Alan Beckley
During the inventors visiting hour from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM in the meeting room, Alan Beckley will be available, via Skype, to answer your invention questions.  For more information on Alan Beckley, see the information provided in the Licensing section below.

Receive Alan Beckley’s Weekly Licensing Blog
Alan Beckley is a Dallas, Texas inventor who successfully licensed his invention, the Wonder Wallet for royalties to Allstar Products.  In the first year, over 1,000,000 wallets were sold.  Now, he helps others to license their inventions by leveraging what he has learned.

Inventors Helping Inventors Podcast
“Inventors Helping Inventors” is a new podcast for inventors, on iTunes , Stitcher and Google Play .  Every week, the host Alan Beckley, will interview an interesting successful inventor and ask them the questions you want to know, such as What did they do before they became an inventor?; What was one of their greatest challenges as an inventor and how did they overcome it?; and What advice would they give to a new inventor just getting started?

Licensing Lifestyle
This private Facebook group is a community of inventors that come together to discuss wins, challenges and much more, moderated by Alan Beckley, with the goal of helping inventors help each other with tips, tricks and advice.

Excellent Training Courses
at UTSA Institute for Economic Development
Brochure & Courses

Entrepreneur Courses at San Antonio Main Library
LiftFund Launching Entrepreneurs

Licensing? CHECK OUT
World’s Largest Licensing Library

Inventor Books
Top 10 Books On Prototypes
Top 10 Books On Inventing

Making Prototypes
How To Make “Proto-Putty”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fwytA5r2Mw

Basics of Mold Making How‑To’s
https://www.smooth-on.com/howto/basics-mold-making/

Prototyping & Inventing How‑To’s
https://www.smooth-on.com/howto/prototyping-inventing/

Licensing?
World’s Largest Licensing Library

United States Patent & Trademark Office Information

Patent Classification Standards and Development
https://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/patent-search/classification-standards-and-development

Patent Pro Bono Program For Independent Inventors And Small Businesses
https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/pro-bono/patent-pro-bono-program

USPTO Pro Se Assistance Program
https://www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/using-legal-services/pro-se-assistance-program

A-Z Definitions Of Intellectual Property Terminology
https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/glossary

Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later
https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks-getting-started/trademark-basics

How To Conduct A Preliminary U.S. Patent Search
https://www.uspto.gov/video/cbt/ptrcsearching/

Protect Yourself Against Invention Promotion Scams
https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ScamPrevent.pdf

Finding Inventor Resources On The USPTO Website
http://www.uiausa.org/single-post/Finding-Inventor-Resources-on-the-USPTO-Website

Patent Searching 101: A Patent Search Tutorial
http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2015/07/11/patent-searching-101-a-patent-search-tutorial-2/id=59308/

Sample Confidentiality Agreements
http://www.ipwatchdog.com/tradesecret/sample-confidentiality-agreements/

Be Sure To Read The Inventor Articles In
Inventors Digest
https://www.inventorsdigest.com/

Inventor Resources
United Inventors Association
http://www.uiausa.org/

Big Idea School
Mary Lou and Dennis Green are offering their Big Idea School Course bundle on special for $97.  The four online courses will help you to turn your big idea into a real product that people will want to buy.

Learn Professional CAD
Free CAD Software With Intuitive Tutorials

Fusion 360 is free to students, teachers, small businesses making less than $100,000 per year, and hobbyists using Fusion 360 for non-commercial purposes.  Click here (AutoDesk) to see the license information and activation instructions and here to download.  The CAD files can be saved privately or shared, as desired and the software can be used either online or offline.  The Fusion 360 license is renewable yearly for free.

Click here (YouTube) to view 13 excellent and intuitive Fusion 360 lessons by Paul McWhorter.  It’s surprising how easy an advanced CAD program can be learned with the right instructions!

Membership
Please take this opportunity at the meeting to pay your annual dues ($25/$95 Corporate).  You can renew online with PayPal on our website or bring cash/check.  Student membership is free. Guests are always welcome.

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ANNOUNCEMENT NOTE
This announcement is provided on an “as is” basis and anyone usg the information or resources stated herein assumes all risk in doing so.  Alamo Inventors does not endorse any person, company, article or resource provided herein and expressly disclaims any and all warranties for any associated service or information.


About Alamo Inventors

Founded in 2000, the Alamo Inventors organization holds monthly meetings for the inventor community and provides access to resources supporting the inventing, entrepreneurship, and patent protection process. Monthly programs include a network hour prior to the meeting.  Member meetings include a notable guest speaker who typically shares their experience and advice about their journey of taking their idea to market.

Alamo Inventors, Inc is a not for profit 501(c)3

Alamo Inventors is a recognized group by the United Inventors Association, www.uiausa.org.

More information about Alamo Inventors is online at www.alamoinventors.org


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