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Networking - 6:15 - 7:00pm and after the speaker.
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|Scheduled Speakers and Topics
TUESDAY April 12, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Please Note: We will be meeting this month on TUESDAY, (NOT WEDNESDAY) to accomodate our special guest speaker:
Mr. Stephen Key, noted Author, licensing guru, and cofounder of InventRight, who will discuss "How to License an Idea With or Without a Patent".
What does it really take to sell an idea? During this presentation, Stephen will discuss the latest strategy he has developed to license ideas using merely a provisional patent application. As his latest book Sell Your Ideas With or Without a Patent lays out,
effective intellectual property demands business strategy. Many of the products he has licensed required no intellectual property protection whatsoever. But he also knows what it takes to protect a big idea. Key successfully defended his ownership of Spinformation -
a rotating label innovation featured on multiple products, protected by 20 U.S. and international patents, and the recipient of more than 13 industry awards - in Federal Court. Learn how to write provisional patent applications for the U.S. market
that stop workarounds.
The more than 20 products he has licensed over the past 35 years have sold in Walmart, 7-Eleven, and Disney stores and theme parks worldwide, as well as been endorsed by Michael Jordan, Alex Trebek, and Taylor Swift. In 2001, Key cofounded InventRight, a one-on-one coaching program that teaches
people how to license their ideas. His first book, One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams Into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work, has been translated into five other languages. He writes about entrepreneurship and licensing weekly online for Inc. and Entrepreneur.
You really need to be at this meeting if you are an inventor! Stephen will have copies of his new book for sale at this meeting.
Wednesday May 11, 2016 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 sell sheets, illustrations for reports, renderings, drawings for patents, logos and graphics all on computer, as well as prototyping, product design, and invention development.
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 instruction 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/.
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 8 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. They will be having an open call in Houston on May 30.
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.
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