Houston Inventors Association

"Inventors Helping Inventors"
Since 1983

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.
Bring your checkbook or debit/credit card.
Meetings are free for current members, $10 for visitors - Cost for membership $50 will carry you through the end of this year and all of next year. 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 October 12, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Mark Lacy, a successful local inventor from Clear Lake, will discuss his invention called "My Paint Saint",www.mypaintsaint.com, and how he launched his product on Kickstarter and achieved his funding goal in only 3 days. He is passionate about spreading the word about Kickstarter in the Houston area. Touch-up artist masters Kickstarter campaign. His product is now avalable at Amazon.com, Walmart, and many other major retailers and DIY stores. Come and learn how he did it.
Longtime HIA member Kevin Selva launched a Kickstarter campaign for his Comfy Holder - A Cushioned Grip for Razors, Toiletries and Personal Care Products that provides a cushioned grip for comfortable use of your toiletries and personal care products like razors, toothbrushes, flosses, tongue-cleaners, and more. He is seeking backers and support from fellow inventors. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kevinselva/comfy-holder Good luck Kevin!

Wednesday November 9, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Steve Silbiger, Chief Marketing Officer at www.topdogdirect.com, will discuss how his company seeks new products and takes TV successes to retail, with over a billion in retail sales. "As Seen on TV" products are their specialty. Their first success was Tan Perfect in 1998, followed by Urine Gone, Mighty Putty, Mighty Mendit, Smart Mop, Strap Perfect, Mighty Fixit, Hot Booties, Fast Brite, Stream Clean, Tag Away, Night View NV and the BeActive Brace, which is currently the #1 "As Seen on TV" product on retail shelves.
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
Inventors' Digest
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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