Houston Inventors Association

"Inventors Helping Inventors"
Since 1983

2916 West T. C. Jester Blvd.
Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77018
Phone: (713) 686-7676
Fax: (713) 686-7676

Meetings are held at:

Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77074
(Inside Bayland Park)
(1 Blk west of Hillcroft)
(click Google Map For Directions)
Telephone Contacts
Otto Glaser - 713-896-9935
Al Muller - 281-480-4461
Hilmar Lassberg - 281-870-1075
Ken Roddy - 713-686-7676

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
Bring your checkbook or credit card.

Wednesday August 13, 2014 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. He does illustrations for sell sheets, reports, renderings, drawings for patents, logos and graphics, all on computer, as well as prototyping, product design, and invention development.

Wednesday September 10, 2014 7:00 P.M.
Via Skype: Patricia Nolan-Brown, www.youtube.com/user/ParachuteDog, successful inventor/entrepreneur and author of “IDEA TO INVENTION: What You Need To Know To Cash In On Your Inspiration”. Patricia has built businesses around her patents and trademarks over the past 22 years. Most noted as the inventor of the best selling rear-facing car seat mirror, sold worldwide. Her message is that anyone can learn to invent using her 6 simple steps, and she teaches people how to do-it-themselves and not become victims or go broke. www.patricianolanbrown.com.

Other Local Events In AUGUST That May Be Of Interest To Inventors

Bayou Startup Showcase August 14 - Register Now to Watch Rice and UH Startups Pitch Hosted By: Rice University OwlSpark Accelerator and University of Houston RED Labs Accelerator Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 2:00 pm Event Location: McNair Hall, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. Watch the startups from both Rice University and the University of Houston pitch their new ventures at the first-ever Bayou Startup Showcase on Thursday August 14. Click Here To Register To Attend - Attendance is FREE and open to the public, However, Pre-registration is required.

Kickercon Crowd Funding Expo and Pitch Tank August 28-30
Hilton Americas Hotel- 1600 Lamar Street, Houston
. This event is broken into three major sections (Aug 28- Real Estate Crowd Funding, Aug 29-Equity and Reward Based Boot Camp)http://kickercon.com/. On August 28 and 29, a 2-Day Invention Development and Funding workshop "InventIt2Day" will be held. On day 1, participants learn about product development and intellectual property law, and on day 2 they learn about crowdfunding. In addition, on August 29, there will be an Attendee Only "PitchTank" contest hosted by Kevin Harrington (of Shark Tank fame). Cost to attend the "InventIt2Day" Invention Development and Crowdfunding Boot camp is $145 plus a $4.62 fee = $149.62 for both days, or $99.99 plus a $3.49 fee = $113.48 for only Aug 29, or $25.00 plus a $1.62 fee = $26.62 for the Attendee Only "PitchTank" on Aug 28. The organizers are offering our members a 20% discount with the promo code: hia2014. Click here to Purchase Tickets. If you want apply to be a presenter at the Aug 28 "PitchTank", it does not cost anything to apply to the program. http://kickercon.com/pitchtank/

Note: This year we are holding our general meetings only on the 2ND Wednesday of each month.

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).

We are investigating the possibility of video conferencing, webinars, and having guest speakers make presentations to our group from remote locations, and are seeking assistance from anyone having experience with setting up programs that may be used for such purposes.
Please contact Otto Glaser 713-896-9935.

Video Clips Of Inventors on Deborah Duncan Great Day Houston Show
Several of our members and other local inventors were featured on the "Great Day Houston Show" with Deborah Duncan that aired January 13, 2012 Also clips from December 2010, February 2010 and Steve Greenberg's "Green Gadgets". Click Here to See The Video Clips

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

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INVENTORS DIGEST is always looking for success stories
Share your success story and you could be featured in Inventors' Digest magazine!
They can only highlight products that are ALREADY ON THE MARKET.
HIA Featured in March '08 Issue of
Inventor's Digest

Click here to read the article

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We have joined independent inventors and inventor organizations across the U.S. together to provide an online website where buyers can review a very large number of new products and inventions in their particular field of interest all at one location. Check it out...
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Inventors...If you have a website, we will provide a link to it, or if you need a webpage we can set up a simple one for you. The other organizations also provide webpages, and you can get a webpage on their site as an alternative to (or in addition to) a webpage on our site.

Other Inventor Groups:
United Inventors Association of the USA - A national organization of inventor groups.

Texas Inventors Association (Dallas/Plano)

San Antonio Inventor & Entrepreneurs Group

Austin Inventors and Entrepreneurs Association

Amarillo Inventors Association

Inventors Club of K.C.
(way to go CJ!)

Rocky Mountain Inventors Association

Inventors Network of the Capital Area - D.C.

Inventors' Alliance - San Francisco Bay Area.

Inventors Society of South Florida

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