May 13 Meeting – Alamo Inventors – Online Only

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Alamo Inventors Meeting – Online Only
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Guest Speaker: Josh Malone
The Amazing Bunch Of Balloons Story

Meeting Schedule
This meeting will be a video based online-only meeting, using Zoom video services. See instructions below.

Join Zoom Meeting, beginning at 5:45pm
Our Website will provide instructions on the Day Of, and followup email will too, in the days before.

Our Pre-Speaker is Alan Beckley, from 6pm to 6:30pm.
Alan will answer questions and offer insights about product marketing and more.

The presentation will start at 6:30. You can join the Zoom meeting starting at 5:45 PM.

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

Zoom Video Instructions:
Download the App or Program from  website or the app platform.  There are several similar looking programs. Avoid them. It works on computers of most kinds, and tablets and phones. Please see the Youtube if this is all new to you. If you don’t have a camera, that’s OK. Audio is fine, and if you don’t have a microphone, that’s OK too. Except our hosts, everyone will be muted anyway. You can text within Zoom for questions.

Zoom Client For Meetings, or
Apple App or the Android App

Install the app or program.  To attend our Zoom meeting, you do not need to create an account with Zoom.

Check the website on the day of, or watch for followup email for the meeting code and password then go to your Zoom program or app and JOIN MEETING using the meeting number and password.

You will be in a waiting room, and be added to the meeting, which will start at 6:00 pm, but visiting can take place beforehand. We will use the Chat feature to allow questions, in order to keep the noise levels down, but before things start, audio will be available.

Visitors will be asked to identify themselves, or be kicked off. Even if you have no video or audio, you can msg.

By all means practice with friends and family (to start your own meeting you do need an account).

We look forward to trying out this approach for meetings in these days of social distancing.
Pre-Meeting with Alan Beckley 6:00 – 6:30 PM
Presentation:  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Meeting Location

Guest Speaker: Josh Malone
The Amazing Bunch Of Balloons Story

Josh Malone, inventor of the enormously successful “Bunch O Balloons” , will share his amazing story of successes and obstacles on his journey to invention success.  Having now sold over a billion balloons, Josh has achieved tremendous success.  But to get there, he had to overcome many roadblocks including the United State Patent Office.  He will share how he got there – the true process of fund raising, product development, licensing, and marketing a new product today.  He will also share the hard realities of getting and defending a patent, and present:

  1. Creating and Developing His Invention
  2. Running an Extraordinary Kick-Starter Campaign – Raising More than ONE MILLION DOLLARS
  3. Solving Production Hurdles
  4. Confronting Competitor Knock-Offs of His Product – Leading to Expensive Legal Battles
  5. AND Overcoming the Ultimate Challenges of Defending His Invention with the United States Patent Office PATENT TRIAL APPEAL BOARD (PTAB).
Josh quit his corporate job in 2006 to take a shot at the Inventor’s Dream. Eight years later, with savings depleted and kids’ college unfunded, he took one last swing before trudging back to the corporate world.

Josh’s kids have always enjoyed playing with water balloons.  So, he sought to solve the messy water filling problem.  After years of  experimenting, Josh put a straw in a balloon and sealed the balloon with a small rubber band.  It worked!  He decided to call it Bunch O Balloons and filed for a patent.  Josh put it up on Kickstarter and after a few days, it raised over $1,000,000.

After a few weeks, he went on the Today Show.  After production started and his patent had issued, infringers appeared.  Come to the meeting and hear the rest of the story!

Caution: Misleading Notices On Trademarks
Protect Yourself Against Invention Promotion Scams (pdf)

First Featured Article
How To Hack A Tradeshow Without Being There (Video)

Second Featured Article
Sample Confidentiality Agreements

Third Featured Article
Beyond the Slice and Dice: Turning Your Idea into an Invention

Fourth Featured Article
Patent Search 101: Why US Patent Searches are Critically Important

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

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.

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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”

Basics of Mold Making How‑To’s

Prototyping & Inventing How‑To’s

World’s Largest Licensing Library

United States Patent & Trademark Office Information

Patent Classification Standards and Development

Patent Pro Bono Program For Independent Inventors And Small Businesses

USPTO Pro Se Assistance Program

A-Z Definitions Of Intellectual Property Terminology

Basic Facts About Trademarks: What Every Small Business Should Know Now, Not Later

How To Conduct A Preliminary U.S. Patent Search

Protect Yourself Against Invention Promotion Scams

Finding Inventor Resources On The USPTO Website

Patent Searching 101: A Patent Search Tutorial

Sample Confidentiality Agreements

Be Sure To Read The Inventor Articles In
Inventors Digest

Inventor Resources
United Inventors Association

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.

Free Inventors Help

Invention to Patent 101 –
Everything You Need to Know to Get Started – 9 Detailed Reading Assignments

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!

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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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.

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