Meetings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - 2nd Wednesday each month (No meetings in Dec.)
Networking ~ 6:30 - 7:00pm and after the speaker (as time permits). * Special "Confidential Meeting"3rd Wednesday each month - for paid members only where everyone signs a non-disclosure agreement and attendees
can discuss their product/concept openly and receive help and advice on the next steps of pursuing their idea, concept or design.
TO BECOME A MEMBER OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP Bring your checkbook or debit/credit card.
Meetings are free for current members, $10 for visitors - Cost for new membership $48 will carry you through the end of this year, Renewing Members $50. Sign up at the check in desk, or to
print a mail-in Membership Form Click Here (requires Adobe Acrobat). Fill it out and bring it with you to save time.
Scheduled Speakers and Topics
Wednesday May 10, 2017 7:00 P.M.
Mike Gillespie of Brite Ideas will discuss Product Design, Graphics, and Invention Development. Mike has invented numerous toys as well as lawn and garden products for
Hasbro, Fisher-Price, Step-2, DSI, California Creations and RealAid, Inc. Mike does illustrations for reports, sell sheets, renderings, drawings for patents, logos and graphics, all on computer, as well as prototyping, product design, and invention development.
Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:00 P.M.
* Special "Confidential Meeting" - for paid members only. This meeting is held in a smaller meeting room with a smaller group of attendees. At this meeting everyone signs a non-disclosure agreement and attendees
can discuss their product/concept openly and receive one-on-one help and advice on the next steps of pursuing their idea, concept or design, or how to get through a particular hurdle. You can also pay your membership before the meeting gets underway.
Wednesday June 14, 2017 7:00 P.M.
David Ayersayersconcepts,com will speak about the toy industry's interaction with inventors, creativity methods for toy inventing, prototyping, and protecting your idea.
David's first invention was inspired by Rubik's Cube and helped secure an appointment with Milton Bradley that took him to his first New York Toy Fair in 1987. The show inspired him to create more toy inventions after that, and he has not missed a toy fair since. David sold inventions to Fisher-Price and AquaLeisure,
and received advances on inventions from Hasbro, DSI Toys, and Tek Nek Toys. He has also recently started a new consulting business, Apikuni Innovation, LLC, www.apikunieng.com
That provides concept layouts, full engineering design, engineering detail design, file conversions (2D to 3D drawings), drawing to model-based definition, scanned data to CAD model), patent search and infringement avoidance, patent improvement review, and creative solutions and brainstorming.
Wednesday July 12, 2017 7:00 P.M.
"You Got A Patent...Now What?", Presented by David Dupont,
inventor of the Shure-Step Safety Step Stools David was awarded 2001 Houston Greater Houston Partnership Entrepreneur of the Year, YMCA of Houston Volunteer of the Year, and is a #1 Best selling author of Seniorology, available at Amazon.com. He will share his recipe for success and show you how he took his patent and marketed his Shure-Step Safety Step Stools to become a consistent 6 figure sales machine…
PS: The secret to success is never giving up!
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
Have you visited our 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 instructions on how to join.
Other Local Groups 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/.
HIA Featured In Patent Office Publication
The HIA was 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.
HIA Featured In KHOU TV News Segment
Way back in 2001, the HIA was featured in a TV news segment where they discussed our organzation and warned against inventors being scammed by so-called "Invention Development Companies".
Click here to see KHOU TV video segment
The Magazine For Inventors
Meetings are held in Bellaire at:
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St., Houston, TX 77074
(Inside Bayland Park)
(1 Blk west of Hillcroft)
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