Meetings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - 2nd Wednesday each month (No meetings in Dec.)
Networking - 6:15 - 7:00pm and after the speaker.
|Scheduled Speakers and Topics
TO BECOME A MEMBER OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP for 2015 ($50)
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Wednesday November 12, 2014 7:00 P.M.
Steve Christian, local inventor and restaurateur, who appeared on "SHARK TANK" last month with his "Table Jack" device that helps keeps wobbly restaurant tables level,
will tell us about his Shark Tank experience during and after the show aired. Steve is also the owner of the local burger institution, Christian's Tailgate Bar and Grill on Washington Avenue.
Although Steve didn't find any backers on the show, he says that the national exposure alone was essentially a free, multimillion-dollar infomercial for his product, which is already being used at a number of local restaurants,
and has drummed up interest in plenty of venture capitalists and restaurant supply distributors. You can see the device on the official Table Jack website www.tablejacks.com
Links to Video Clips of some of our members and other local inventors that appeared on the "Great Day Houston Show" with Deborah Duncan on October 15:
Part 1 featuring Butch Graham, inventor of the "Trenchel"
Part 2 featuring Bright Buddy Leash and Kritter Koolers
Part 3 featuring WAVVE and Micro Easy Grab
Part 4 featuring XcrossOver Vest, Snooze-Cap, and Sleepover Bed Tent
Part 5 featuring Fascia Derm Heel Relief System and JBIT MedPro
Part 6 featuring SATOP and Houston Inventors AssociationHouston Inventors Association
Final Thoughts For Inventors featuring Steve Greenberg
November 12, 2014 is the last general meeting for this year.
Please renew your membership for 2015 ($50).
Benefits of Attending Meetings
Our motto, "Inventors Helping Inventors", expresses some of the benefits of membership and attending monthly meetings. We provide speakers having first-hand knowledge of the difficulties in getting from raw idea to marketable product that offer their success stories,
and share tips on marketing your invention, and speakers that provide valuable information in technical areas, such as: protecting your idea, patent fundamentals, building prototypes, injection molding, manufacturing vs licensing, etc.
At our meetings, we often connect inventors having a problem with other members who may be able to help to solve it. We take pride in being a trusted resource, and do our best to protect inventors from invention marketing/development scams.
HIA Facebook Group Page
Did you know we now have a Facebook Group Page? The purpose of the Group Page is to provide an interactive forum or message board where members can comment on speakers, meetings, ask questions, make suggestions, provide feedback, receive help, etc.
Bill Kopitzke is the main administrator. The "Group" page is different from a regular Facebook "Page", in that you can't get there by "liking" or being a "friend"…you have to "Join" the group to participate. Group members must be approved or added by other members.
To "Join" the group, if you are logged in on facebook, you can click the Facebook logo in the left-hand column. If you are not logged in or if you are NOT already a member of the Facebook Group, click here for instruction on how to join.
Videos of Inventors Featured on Fox 26 Morning News Extra 4-29-13
Other Local Events That May Be Of Interest To Inventors
TX/RX Labs, a Houston non-profit organization is teaching classes for entrepreneurs and makers. Welding, CNC, electronics, laser cutting, 3d printing, cad and cam drafting and more. http://classes.txrxlabs.org/.
Don’t be confused by term “hackerspace” on their main website, it just means a community-operated physical space where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate (also referred to as a makerspace or hacklab).
SHARKTANK TV Show
The "Shark Tank" TV show on ABC Friday evenings at 7 PM is an interesting and entertaining reality show about entrepreneurs and inventors
pitching and selling their innovative ideas to wealthy investors (the sharks) and trying to convince them to invest their money.
It is interesting to watch the negotiations between the entrepreneurs and investors. Their casting department is looking for participants.
Read the agreement carefully, it is a non-confidential disclosure, so if you have a product, it is best to have a patent pending situation.
Click Here to See The Video Clips
HIA Featured In Patent Office Publication
The HIA was recently featured in an article titled "Houston Inventors Association Helps Members Bring Inventions to Reality",
written by John Calvert, head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Inventors Assistance Program following his visit to Houston in August, 2010.
The article was published online in the "Inventors Eye" -a bi-monthly newsletter for the independent inventor community that covers topics of interest
to independent inventors; and stories about people who have become successful inventors. It also includes tips on working with the USPTO; information on events, organizations and meetings of interest to the inventor community.
If you would like to subscribe to the "Inventors Eye", Click Here
RANDALLS and KROGER Programs
Do you shop at Randall’s or Kroger's? Did you know you can support the HIA for free while you shop using your Randalls Remarkable Card or Kroger Plus Card?
Click Here to Find Out How
With the Kroger Program, you have to renew your enrollment each year. If you were previously enrolled, you will need to enroll again between July 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011
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