FW: Alamo Inventors October 10, 2018

, Forrest M. Mims III

Alamo Inventors Meeting

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Alamo Inventors, Inc
non-profit 501(c)3

Monthly Meeting
Day / Date: WEDNESDAY,
October 10, 2018

FREE Network Hour: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Q/A with Alan Beckley 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Presentation by Forrest Mims:  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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.

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

Question & Answer Session
During the network 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.

Innovative Accomplishments Of A Living Legend

Guest Speaker:
Forrest Mims III

Mr. Forrest M. Mims III, renowned electronics author, is the featured presenter for October’s program. Forrest will speak about several of the inventions he created over the years, during and after his time attending Texas A&M University.

Forrest will bring some of his inventions, including a low-cost instrument for measuring solar UV from a drone and a rotating mannequin head equipped with 7 UV sensors that he used in a Rolex-sponsored field study of UV in Hawaii for 28 days last July and August.

He will also discuss some of his inventions based on the pulse generator circuit that pulsed an infrared LED in his travel aid for the blind. One of these devices, a model rocket light flasher, led to his first magazine article and the formation of Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems (MITS). Ed Roberts, his MITS co-founder, developed the Altair 8800 microcomputer, which was featured on the cover of the January 1975 Popular Electronics magazine.  Paul Allen and Bill Gates were soon retained by Ed to develop Altair Basic. There they soon organized a tiny company that they named “Micro-Soft”.

His invention of novel sun photometers and radiometers led to assignments from the EPA and NOAA and two NASA-sponsored research campaigns to utilize satellites to measure biomass smoke and the ozone layer over Brazil.

Mr. Mims’ atmospheric research using invention of new kinds of sun photometers and radiometers led to numerous publications in scientific journals. Forrest was named one of the “50 Best Brains in Science” by Discover Magazine, and his design of a handheld instrument that measures the ozone layer earned him a 1993 Rolex Award.

His many books about electronics have sold 7.5 million copies.  Forrest authored 36 popular electronic books for Radio Shack between 1972 and 2003 and wrote a monthly column for Popular Electronics and Modern Electronics.  He has just completed a major book on environmental science that includes personal accounts of his field research. Mr. Mims’ science is featured at www.forrestmims.org.  For a more detailed listing of Forrest’s numerous world class accomplishments, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_Mims.  

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About Alamo Inventors, Inc

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 free network hour.  Member meetings include a notable guest speaker who typically share their experience and advise 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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