Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights
Ken Roddy, Registered U.S. Patent Agent www.patentstuff.com
Workshop - How to protect your idea in the early stages, and Everything you wanted to know about patents.(1/11/17)
Esther Crawford, Government Publications Department Head , Discussed the Rice University Fondren Library Patent Depository Library
services and other programs for inventors. (2/14/07)
"What Inventors Should Know About Trade Secrets"
, presented by John J. Davis, III
with the law firm of Patout & Shaw, PLLC www.patoutshaw.com
John discussed great steps that may be taken to protect the secret or invention.
Brian Carpenter of Texas A&M Library demonstrated how to do an on-line patent search using their new "Tip2" (Texas Intellectual Property Partnership)
Sandeep "Sandy" Seth, Susman Godfrey, LLP
Intellectual Property Attorney specializing in litigation discussed "Patent Infringement Litigation""Patent Infringement Litigation", "Patent Claims", and "Designing Around". (5/14/08)
Government and Non-Profit Programs
How you can receive up to 40 hours of free technical assistance
(the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program. This is an excellent resource and has helped many of our members and other inventors solve technical problems.(3/09/16)
of U of H Small Business Development Center (UH SBDC)
Free business consulting and affordable training seminars for entrepreneurs in the start-up mode as well as to experienced business owners who want to take their companies to the next level. (10/24/12)
"Doing Market Research"
, presented by Mark Streich
, Director of Technology Innovation at the University of Houston Small Business Development Center (UH-SBDC)
. Mark advises (for free!) entrepreneurs and startups in a variety of markets
on such issues as validating their business models, company strategy, operational issues, market positioning, intellectual property, financial projections, managing projects, restructuring their organization for success, funding opportunities, as well as executive coaching.
Mark is often referred to as the "Startup Whisperer", and gained public notoriety when Toastmasters named him "2nd Funniest Man in Houston." (10/23/13)
Mr. Irwin Miller of the Houston Chapter of SCORE
(Service Corp of Retired Executives), discussed the small business counseling and training services offered by this well known nonprofit organization and how they may help inventors. (10/10/12)
of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC)
. TMAC Gulf Coast
is affiliated with the University of Houston College of Technology.
TMAC Gulf Coast provides a broad array of resources, training, technical assistance, and other services to small and medium size companies in the greater Houston area that help increase profits,
streamline manufacturing processes, optimize operations, increase productivity, and integrate technology and equipment. (9/9/09)
Houston Technology Center
(HTC), A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, is Houston's business accelerator and the largest technology business incubator in Texas. HTC accelerates the commercialization of emerging technology companies in Greater Houston by providing in-depth business guidance, access to capital and service providers, and entrepreneurial education. (2/28/07)
Scott Provost, Johnson Technical Support Group - SBIR and STTR government grant programs, technology transfer, available technologies and access to facilities and experts to assist the inventor with challenging technical issues, and seeking scientists and engineers. (5/28/03)
Linda Ravey discussed the new Texas A&M University Technology Transfer and Commercialization Initiative
program to add value to entrepreneurial research and development endeavors for the express purpose of accelerating the right technologies to market.
Lucia Sevcik, of HoustonRobotics.org
and Regional Director of "FIRST" Robotics Competition for Students
discussed this great program and showed local winners of the Lone Star Regional. (5/12/04)
Public Relations - Social Media
"Social Media Marketing 101 - All the Basics of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter”
- Presented by Shelley Roth of Springboard Social Media http://springboardworks.com/
. Shelley is a marketing professional, trainer, speaker, author and consultant, and loves to train small business owners, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals on how to incorporate social media marketing tools into existing marketing plans for increased brand recognition and sales. (3/27/13)
Ms. Sandy Lawrence
, Small Business Marketing Expert, Founder and CEO of Perceptive Marketing
. Sandy is a marketing and promotions executive with over 30 years experience, and a publicist for authors, publishers, speakers and small business owners. She has developed programs for independent
authors and small businesses with limited budgets for marketing and hosts monthly Marketing Bistro workshops to train participants to do their own marketing. (2/27/13)
Noted author Steve Greenberg
discussed his fascinating book about garage inventors, GADGET NATION: A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention (www.gadgetnation.net)
It showcases more than 100 off-beat gadgets and the inventors behind them. These aren't fictional gag gadgets. They are actual, real products that you can buy today. Maybe you already have?
Available at Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
, and Borders
, Chief Client Officer of Marketing Syndicate
an integrated group of marketing services companies. Marketing Syndicate offers a wide range of marketing services such as advertising, design, strategy, research, web site development and search engine optimization (SEO), public relations,
idea generation, and navigating the pitfalls of social media. (11/10/10)
"How to Obtain News Coverage on an Invention
" and "Writing a Press Release, Developing a Press Kit and Contacting the Media
" presented by Emily Oberton
, Communications Representative at Shell Deer Park. (2/27/08)
"How Public Relations Can Help Inventors", presented by Eydie Pengelly Marketing Communications
Mary Lynn Fernau, President of The Fernau Group
Public Relations and Marketing - How to identify your audience, determine
your message and get public exposure for your business, product or project. (11/13/02)
Laura Emerson of Great Communications, Inc.
- Marketing Your Invention as a Business to Investors. (9/25/02)
, President of Blackwell Plastics
discussed "How Blackwell Plastics Works With Inventors".
Blackwell Plastics, the largest custom plastics injection molder in the south central United States, provides plastic injection molding, extrusion, tooling, assembly, and finishing services. (1/25/12)
(Via Skype) Chris Hawker
, founder of award-winning inventor-oriented industrial design firm Trident Design, LLC
He is a serial inventor specializing in unique problem-solver gadgets, like the PowerSquid and the Onion Goggles and has licensed products as well as manufactured and marketed them
himself. With over 25 products on the market and cumulative sales in the millions, Chris's products have been sold in nearly every major retail outlet.
Chris will discuss how to approach each step in turning an idea into a real product as outlined in his eBook, "The Inventor's Mind".
Click here To Download His eBook.
"Outsourcing to China"
, Presented by Julian Wang, President of CINOVA LLC
, in Sugarland, discussed things to consider when outsourcing to China and if it is the right step for your product or prototype.
There are many advantages to sourcing when outsourcing with China when done correctly. He provided a practical and informative presentation and walk us through the steps
including how to review your sourcing readiness, identifying your product specifications, finding suppliers and assessing their reliability, exchange rate factors, transportation logistics, plus much more.
Mr. Mark Henrichs of the Gulf Coast Medical Device Manufacturers (GCMDM) www.gcmdm.com.
The GCMDM is a local community of design, engineering and manufacturing companies that are working together to commercialize medical devices and life science products developed in the Texas Medical Center and Gulf Coast region.
Mr. Henrichs discussed their engineering and manufacturing capabilities and how they assist individuals and companies in the process of commercializing medical devices. (11/9/11)
Alan Wong with Eastway Development Company of Hong Kong. China. Alan's company designs, develops, and manufactures electronic and plastic
industrial and consumer products according to clients' requirements, including wireless technology and research and development (both in hardware and software). (10/28/09)
Zhimin Wang, Account Manager of China Wang LLC www.ChinaWang.com.
discussed having your product manufactured in China. His company provides: metal stamping, parts machining, casting, plastic items, PCB boards, electronic components and assembly, textile, wood items and printing. (5/26/10)
"Manufacturing Techniques", presented by Al Muller. Al discussed the various different tools and production processes in which products and prototypes can be made. (3/22/09)
"How Innovations Led To My Business" presented by Marti Frost, President of Frost Products Mfg., a plastics design and manufacturing company that makes a variety of products from crash test dummies, waste receptacles, planters, plastic lumber, benches, tables, bike racks and more. You want it, she'll make it. (7/27/05)
Dan Kaspar of Kaspar Wire Works, Inc. Manufacturer of stock and custom products from wire, sheetmetal, and tubing.
Their product line includes baskets, fan guards, display stands, easels, food processing equipment, computer frames and stands, furniture components, and saddle rigging.
Kaspar Die & Tool offers design and machining services for forming, stamping, progressive, coil-feed and other high-volume production tooling for metal, plastic, leather, and cloth manufacturers. (10/23/02)
"Overseas product development and importing" - Hilmar Lassberg, of Consumer Direct Marketing. (6/11/08)
Nightingale Industries, a company that employs handicapped workers
to provide product assembly, packaging, labeling, mailing, and many
other services related to production and sales. (4/24/02)
"Packaging For Your Product" - presented by Mich Samuels of Victory Packaging. (5/9/01)
Product Design and Development
, Manufacturing and Design Engineer with www.es2technologies.com
Projects Manager with Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) discussed bringing your concept to life, developing and implementing practical and innovative product design solutions,
getting technical assistance with R&D, concept and product design, CAD drawings, prototyping & 3D printing, etc. Mike yielded a few minutes of floor time for Bob Payne, Director of Contracts at SATOP,
to touch on the the SATOP
program, where inventors may receive up to 40 hours of free engineering. (2/12/14)
"Toy Design and Marketing"
, presented by David Ayers. Ayers Concepts
David is a
longtime toy inventor. He regularly attends the annual New York Toy Fair, and has successfully licensed toys to Mattel (Fisher-Price) and AquaLeisure. David discussed toy inventing, brainstorming for good ideas, and building prototypes.
of Brite Ideas
discussed 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. (5/9/18)
"Inventor to Inventor Straight Talk - Improving Your Odds for Success"
Local engineer and inventor Don Bushby
shared his experiences, tips and insights
regarding the inventing process, and improving your odds for achieving financial success. Don's discussion included some basics steps regarding: screening your ideas,
protecting your invention and developing your invention into a business opportunity. (6/23/10)
- "Turning Bright Ideas Into Winning Products", Grant Schaffner, PhD
, discussed the wide range of their engineering services, their philosophy, and how they do business, and their involvement with the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and the US Olympic Committee.
They also assist with brainstorming and problem solving - medical devices, aerospace, human performance, and consumer products. (7/23/08)
discussed "Computer Aided Drafting" and various different types of drawings that inventors may need in the design and development of an invention (7/27/11)
, of Wharton, TX, President of Healthcare Technology Group
discussed product design, planning, market-acceptance surveys, technology forecasting, product feasibility analyses, start-up management, technology-transfer support, and commercialization planning,
and also the new 20th Century Technology Museum
that exhibits technological developments of the 20th century.
Product Design and Packaging
, presented by Rajan Sedalia
, Industrial Designer, Illustrator and Inventor www.artjar.com
"New Product Design", presented by Milton Rosenau, of Rosenau Consulting Company. (6/12/02)
"Product Safety for Inventors", Workshop presented by Al Muller. (3/28/01)
Wayne Luciano of Acumen Design Studio
- Consumer product design and development company. Product design, packaging, advertising and presentation to major consumer product companies. (11/20/02)
Logos and Graphic Design - presented by Kate Warren of In Print FotoDesign
Don Eikermann, of HALO Branded Solutions
, discussed advertising premium
and promotional products. His company is the largest of its kind in the US. (6/27/01)
"How to Price Your Product", presented by Brian Shannon. (7/11/01)
"Marketing and Product Packaging", presented by Zed Daniels of Advertising Advantage. (3/23/05)
Webpage Design and Internet
We presented our first remote videoconference setup
. Our remote speaker was Adam Burnett
, former HIA board member who works on NASA's Robonaut Team at Johnson Space Center, and our own Seth Nyenya
was the moderator and handled communications from our meeting at Bayland. Adam discussed the organization he helped form in the Clear Lake area known as CREATOR SPACE Creatorspace.org
we also had a live question and answer session. (7/11/12)
, inventor of the Shure-Step
Safety Stepstools, discussed marketing strategies, and "How To Make The Internet Work For You
"Branding Guidelines: Top 10 tips for successfully branding your product, service or company
" – Presented by JJ Lassberg JJ Lassberg.com
, Project Manager and Social Media Consultant for Schipul.com
- The Web Marketing Company. (8/25/10)
Houston optometrists Dr. Guy Hodgson and Dr. Dhavid Cooper of FramesDirect.com
, a global leader in online eyeglass sales, discussed their patented new online FrameFinder Virtual Try-On System for "trying on" eyeglasses that gives users a true view of what they look like wearing glasses they've personally selected, and it's all done from the convenience of their home or work computer. (10/26/05)
Media and Videos
, Lone Star Emmy award winning producer of the Great Day Houston Show with Deborah Duncan on KHOU-TV, and Executive Producer of Oceanside Video Productions
discussed new product marketing videos, web videos, TV commercials, and Internet marketing. (11/11/09)
of Star Video Digital Productions
a Hollywood-trained producer with over 15 years of experience.
spoke about How to effectively use video for product marketing, and offered tips and tricks to give "Do It Yourself" video projects a more professional look. (8/26/09)
"How to Make a TV Commercial", presented by Bode Higgs, noted independent producer of television commercials. (3/12/03)
"THE INVENTING PROCESS and LICENSING vs. MANUFACTURING", presented by Mark Peterson.
Mark has been in product development for over 25 years in a variety of industries and products and runs the HIA 3rd Wednesday meeting were members can get help on their specific ideas
they are developing. His discussion focused on the general steps to take for developing an idea in the pursuit of getting it to the market and things to consider when determining
whether to go the licensing route or venturing to be an entrepreneur/manufacturer. The discussion imphasized the licensing aspects as most inventors may want to pursue that route.
Mark also discussed different types and levels of prototyping and to what level you should go to when pursuing your idea
so you don't break the bank. (2/14/18)
, Past President of the Texas Inventors Association, inventor of the very successful thin,
flexible RFID protecting "Wonder Wallet
", author of 2 books: "Daring to Invent: 8 Steps to Turn Your Idea into a Successful Product
" and "6 Small Steps to Big Change: How to Upgrade Your Life One Tiny Action at a Time
" (available at Amazon.com).
Alan discussed his long journey through the stages of: idea, prototype, working model, and finally
licensing it. He also talked about his time in the trenches selling anywhere and everywhere and scraping by to make a living, his time at QVC, having products manufactured in China,
and how he finally found a path to Allstar Products to go "big time" on DRTV with the product.
"Licensing and Commercialization of Your Product", presented by Dan Altman of Venture Assistance.
Dan is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), certified by the Licensing Executives Society, and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), certified by the Institute of Management Consultants.
His company, Venture Assistance, helps inventors, entrepreneurs, companies, universities, and government agencies with licensing (intellectual property transfer), business venturing, product commercialization and management consulting services. (10/13/10)
Mr. Nolan Sagebiel of Minigrip Inc., division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), discussed their search for new products from independent inventors.
Minigrip Inc., located in Seguin, TX, is a worldwide leader in the manufacture and sales of reclosable plastic bags for industrial packaging, medical and institutional food service markets.
ITW manufactures a wide range of products including: transportation-related components, fasteners, fluids and polymers, truck remanufacturing and related parts and service; steel, plastic and
paper products and equipment used for bundling, shipping and protecting goods in transit; equipment and consumables associated with specialty power conversion, metallurgy and electronics; commercial food equipment and
related service; tools, fasteners and other products for construction applications; adhesives, sealants, lubrication and cutting fluids, and hygiene products; decorative surfacing materials for furniture, office and retail space,
countertops and other applications. ITW Companies and Products. (5/25/2011)
"Licensing Your Product" Presented by Yve Golan of WorldInnova.com - Her company invests in, develops, and licenses new products. If accepted, they pay for filing the patent application, building a prototype, and conducting market research necessary to license the product, and take a percentage of the royalties if they secure a licensing arrangement. (8/27/08)
"How To Lose Your Invention and/or Patent", presented by David Fink, Patent Litigation Attorney.
There are many ways to ruin your life by losing a great invention, or a patent. Invention promoters and "helpers" are only a small, but dangerous path to failure. Sincere, but silly ideas
from friends will also wreak havoc on inventors. An alarm should sound in your head when you think about profiting from your invention at apparently no cost, or with little or practically
no effort. Knowing and understanding these issues may make your life worth living, and possibly profitable.(3/8/17)
"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 shared his recipe for success and showed member 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.
, Chief Marketing Officer at www.topdogdirect.com
discussed 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
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. 11/9/16
Bill Bragman, local entrepreneur and Product Sales Specialist, presented a "HOW TO GUIDE - Once the Product is Envisioned" Topics included: (1) Getting Your Products to Market, (2) Marketing Your Products, (3) Are Your Products Viable, and (4) Packaging Your Products.
Bill is the President and Owner of YakGear www.yak-gear.com, a company that manufactures and sells innovative kayak accessories and hardware, and Owner and National Sales Manager of EGS Hinge LLC, the company that manufactures
and sells the Original Adjustable Door Hinge www.adjustabledoorhinge.com. Bill has also served on the
advisory panel on several TV shows featuring local inventors. (06/08/16)
Mr. Stephen Key, noted Author, licensing guru, and cofounder of InventRight, discussed "How to License an Idea With or Without a Patent".
What does it really take to sell an idea? During this presentation, Stephen discussed 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. (4/12/16)
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.
Mr. Stephen Key of www.inventright.com presented "Learn How to Bring Ideas to Market". Mr. Key is a nationally renown licensing and inventing expert and he will be traveling all the way from Sacramento, CA to speak to us.
He has licensed over 20 of his own products and holds over 12 patents, having had his products in Wal-Mart, the Disney Stores and 7/11. Stephen has been in national newspapers and magazines and on national TV shows such as The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and Dr. Phil.
Mr. Key has also been a keynote speaker at the recent US Patent and Trademark Ofice's Independent Inventors Conference. He discussed his new upcoming
book One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs (6/27/12)
Via Skype, Warren Tuttle www.monasheemarketing.com. Warren has been helping independent inventors, designers and product developers take their innovative products to market for many years.
He works with new product programs for Techtronic Industries NA (power tool brands such as Milwaukee, Roybi, and Homelite) www.powertoolinnovation.com,
and Lifetime Brands (food preparation, table top and lifestyle products). Warren will guide you through the process of turning your idea or invention into the next big tool or houseware product on the retail store shelf.
Warren, who has served for several years as the President of the United Inventors Association, has helped take several highly successful products directly to market and
has orchestrated over fifty product licensing agreements between independents and large companies (4/9/14).
Al Muller presented a "Roadmap For Getting From The Idea Stage To A Marketable Product", and showed portions of a video of E. Joseph Cossman discussing
"Approaches For Marketing A New Product". (2/10/16)
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. (9/10/14)
Mike Bucci,discussed "Making the Jump from Good Idea to Commercial Success". and presented a Powerpoint presentation, via Skype.
Mike is both an inventor and invention developer with several products on the market He has recently published a book to guide new inventors - “Start Living The American Dream- An Entrepreneurs Guide to Turning Your Idea Into Your Future”, available on Amazon.com.
Start Living The American Dream (7/25/12)
Jim Debetta www.jimdebetta.com, author of "The Business of Inventing", and well known coach and mentor to thousands of inventors, discussed topics such as: Marketing and Selling Products to Major Retailers, "Product Development and Packaging",
and Product Sourcing and Manufacturing". Jim has sold millions of dollars in product to the World's leading retailers and TV shopping networks. (2/13/13)
(Via Skype)Bill McHenry, of Envision Sales and Marketing. Envision Sales and Marketing provides resources that aren't readily available to inventors and entrepreneurs: Sales, Marketing, Design, Product Development, and Business services. (5/14/14)
"Evaluating the Viability of Your New Product Idea" - Skype interactive presentation by Cheryl Downing, www.cheryldowning.com. Cheryl is a small business marketing and crowdfunding consultant.
Whether you want investment funding to manufacture and sell your new product idea or you want to license it to another company, you will be asked to prove your product's viability in the marketplace. As an inventor, you have to determine what resources will
give you the answers required. You will need to utilize a variety of research methods--both online and offline--to achieve your goals. Cheryl will highlight the types of information to research, why it is important, and ways to cost-effectively find the information. (8/28/13)
Bonnie Griffin Kaake - via Skype, presented "Don't spend a penny until you do 3 things" and "4 Ways to Minimize Risk and Maximize Success". Bonnie is the CEO/founder of Innovative Consulting Group, Inc., an Inventor/Entrepreneur,
President of the Rocky Mountain Inventors Association, and a former President and Executive Director of the United Inventors Association. (4/10/13)
Roger Brown via Skype. Roger is a freelance Inventor who has successfully marketed tools, toys and kitchen utensils. You can see some of his inventions at www.rogerbrown.net. Roger shared his secrets for licensing a product for less than $100 and valuable advice on how to prepare for your pitch. (8/22/12)
"How to make and use Press/Publicity Releases and Sell Sheets", Presented by Al Muller (6/8/11)
Kenny Durham, President of Innovators Warehouse in Lee's Summit, MO, presented their "Common Sense Approach to Commercializing your Intellectual Property".
Innovator's Warehouse offers no-obligation marketing and professional advertising tools as packages or ala carte to help innovators and patent owners reach their goals. (10/27/10)
Gus Bigos, Product Scout for Evergreen IP. Evergreen IP helps inventors commercialize their products, and recently entered into an agreement with Clorox,
under which they solicit new product concepts for them, screen those concepts using their proprietary process, then present selected concepts to Clorox to make a go/no go decision under a standard licensing deal.
Gus explained what Clorox is looking for and how the standard licensing deal works. To see the various Clorox brands and products Click here (6/9/10)
Elliott Brackett of Exceptional Products, Inc. (EPI), www.sellontv.com a direct response television marketer and distributor based in Dallas discussed how they market products on television through long and short form commercials ("infomercials") as well as on QVC, HSN and national retailers.
They are always looking for new, innovative mass market products. (9/23/09)
Video Presentation of E. Joseph Cossman, considered to be the ultimate “marketing guru” by his peers, discusses methods he used to make himself over a million dollars - 20 times in a row - with 20 different products ranging from popular
toys to household items to world-famous art prints to sporting goods to insecticides. Some were world-famous fads including The Ant Farm and Shrunken Heads. (7/13/11)
Mary Frances Blatchley, CEO of ForBri Marketing and Design, recently merged with The Method Agency spoke about marketing, interactive
strategies and social media marketing and how they have been helping clients build strong brands with beautifully executed, award-winning solutions for 20 years. She is Marketing Chair of Houston Interactive Marketing Association, and a member of the American Advertising Federation. (2/11/09)
"How to Sell Your Invention", presented by Sylvia Harris of Sandler Training. (10/8/08)
Bryan Daigle, President and Founder of IdeaTango.com discussed his social networking site specifically created to help inventors be more successful. The website provides inventors with interactive, collaborative, and educational tools to help them connect with valuable resources, and one another. (2/13/08)
Keith Hammack of www.InventBay.com discussed his free Web-based community that is designed to bring together inventors seeking assistance, capital, and/or organizations to assist in the development of their projects. Users of the site can post descriptions of their projects, status and needs to a directory that is available to industry professionals, capital sources and opportunity seekers. Visitors to the site can search through the InventBay.com listings for inventions that may be of potential interest. Free listings are open to inventions of all stages, The site also hosts complimentary "roundtable" audio and video meetings that provide information and support. (11/12/08)
David Dupont, inventor of the Shure-Step® Safety Stepstools, discussed marketing strategies, and "How To Market Your Invention On The Internet". (1/23/08)
"Creative Marketing Strategies", presented by John Delatorre, CEO of Deladiep, Inc. John is successfully marketing his unique products and running his own business here and in Vietnam. He also provides consulting services and sources and builds prototypes for others. (11/8/06)
"The steps involved in getting from the idea stage to a marketable product", presented by Al Muller (4/25/07)
An Approach for Marketing a New Product,discussion led by Al Muller (8/26/06)
"Making Politics Work for Your Product", presented by Nancy Sauer, government relations consultant. Ms. Sauer has a particular interest in helping entrepreneurs understand how to harness the power of
legislation and regulation to support new product innovation, development, marketing and appropriate regulation. (4/23/03)
Gary Michael Dahl told how he developed and is successfully marketing the "Rock N Roller"® Multi-Cart that transforms into any of 8 different configurations in seconds.(8/25/04)
Matt Yubas, author of the book "Product Idea to Product Success" was our featured speaker and offered HIA members a Special Package: a one-on-one coaching session at a discount, plus his book for free. (4/13/05)
Don Kilpatrick Discussed Lanham Act violations and unfair competition with patents. (3/8/06)
", presented by Scott Vande Vegte
- Rapid Prototyping utilizing Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to make inexpensive prototypes, models and parts in ABS plastic. (3/23/11)
"MAKING PROTOTYPES WITH 3D PRINTING
", Presented by Butch Graham
, HIA Vice President, and Michelle Saindon
, Marketing Rep with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
in Austin Stratasysdirect.com
. Butch will show
and discuss the types of drawings used in the process, and will demonstrate his 3D printer in operation. Michelle will make a presentation and
discuss the various types of 3D printers available and their printing and prototyping capabilities.
, HIA Board Member, inventor, product designer and Design engineer, discussed Various Types of Prototyping Available to Inventors
"3-D Printing For Making Prototypes And Products"
, presented by Mr. Stacey Templeton
, Marketing Director of www.kraftwurx.com
Kraftwurx has the most comprehensive list of 3D printed materials available for you to use anywhere. They offer twice as many materials as anyone else and their list is growing. Their materials are not just for art, they offer an array of engineering materials as well. (6/26/13)
, of Laser Imaging Co.
discussed his company's 3-D imaging machines that can make plastic parts for inventors, and rapid prototyping services they provide. (4/25/12)
Mr. Bob Gilman
, with Impac Systems Engineering
, discussed how functional 3D ABS plastic rapid prototyping
models and parts created on dimension printers result in fewer design changes, better product designs, lower production costs, and a shorter time to get your product to market.(8/24/11)
Randy Hillier, of Reynolds Advanced Materials
- How to make your own molds and castings using Smooth-On
rubbers, plastics, foams, and other products to turn your ideas into
3-dimensional reality. (5/26/04)
Solid Modeling-Rapid Prototyping, presented by Ivan (Webb) Byford of A-1 Solid Structures, Inc.
and Eric Wilhite of Texas Engineering Systems
Gary Hinds of Texcast
- Producer of prototype to short-run investment castings. Provides rapid prototyping and manufacturing services.
Manufactures parts of all sizes and intricate shapes, from prototype to 10,000 pieces. (6/11/03)
Joe Nicklo - "Building Inexpensive Rubber Molds For Prototypes". (8/28/02)
Crowd Funding, Venture Capital, Investors, Financing
, of Sarvi Designs
, local inventor and HIA member, presented "Preparing for Crowdfunding
He covered the basics and what you need to know and have in order to successfully crowdfund a product. Adewale has obtained funding and launched several successful products using crowd funding venues including "Kickstarter". (9/13/17)
, a successful local inventor from Clear Lake, discussed 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. (10/12/16)
From Idea To Manufacturing Via Crowd Funding - presented by Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi, a local inventor and HIA member.
He will describe the process in detail. Adewale has launched several successful products using crowd funding venues including Kickstarter,
some of which can be seen at www.2040studio.com and www.sarvidesigns.com (10/8/14).
Preparing A Business Plan, Presented by Mr. Richard Foster of Frost Bank (9/26/12).
Mr. Johnnie Simpson, Jr. discussed "Developing a Business Plan". Mr. Simpson is a Business Coach at Apex Strategic Management LLC, and Media Specialist at CF Media Solutions.
He has a background of writing business and marketing plans for small to medium sized businesses and project management, as well as audio production, video production, and video editing. (3/13/13)
"What is Angel Investing and How to Prepare for an Investor Presentation",presented by Rick Holdren
an "Angel Investor" with Healthcare Angels and Founder of Appraisal & Mentor Group LLC.
A serial entrepreneur, Mr. Holdren has founded or invested in over 26 healthcare start-ups and was named as 2002 Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Mentor of the year.
Healthcare Angles invests in a wide range of industries. One of his current investments is a "virtual incubator" with an agreement with NASA to commercialize its phase III SBIR companies with matching venture investment.(7/28/10)
Martin Scheid, partner at The Forte Group, LLC, a Houston consulting network of senior business executives committed to helping owners of small and medium-sized businesses realize their full
potential by assisting in business planning, process improvement, procedures development, staffing, finance, sales, marketing, and succession planning. (7/22/09)
Bob Pitaro of Chase Bank discussed SBA loans and other financing services.
"Return to Reality - Venture Capital", presented by Dennis E. Murphree, of Murphree Venture Partners. A seed and early stage venture capital firm that makes direct equity investments exclusively in high-technology enterprises, in areas such as Internet infrastructure and application software, life sciences, telecommunications, and optical/semiconductor devices. (7/23/03)
"Determining How to Market Your Idea", presented by Shelley Roth of Springboard Ventures®, Inc. - A company assisting early stage technology companies with all phases of business development
by connecting Entrepreneurs to a network of Investors, Mentors, Professional Service Providers, online/offline educational resources. (6/25/03)
Taxes and Business Planning
Patent Attorney, Kevin Jones
, Kevin M. Jones & Associates, LLC
discussed forming a new business around your invention and how to protect your new venture.
Kevin's firm provides services for the small to medium business including - Business Formation, Contract Review & Drafting, Non-Profit Formation & Management, Patent Prosecution, Inventor Support, Mediation. (2/8/12)
Product Liability Insurance - Trinity Universal Insurance (3-9-05).
W. Edgar (Ed) Blair, CPA, with Newton, Newton, Downs & Blair
discussed "Tax Strategies For Inventors",
what expenses are deductible and what you must do to deduct them. (2/11/04)
Bill Sherrill, Founder and Co-Chairman of the U of H Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
spoke about Successful Entrepreneurship. (3/30/04)
Office Organization & Time Management
"How To Create An Organized Office", presented by Holly Uverity - Her Houston based firm, Office Organizers
, works with clients to maximize their effectiveness by creating organization systems, and also provides seminars on time management and organization skills. (8/24/05)
How Fellow Inventors Did It
, a successful local inventor and entrepreneur, presented "How I Took 3 Consecutive Inventions to a Million$+ in Sales and How You Can Do the Same
." Mike has many success and battle stories that he will share.
His startup companies (all licensed patents) include: www.lovehandle.com
(frequently seen in As Seen on TV ads), and www.rootanchor.com
Mike is a serial startup entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author, 2-time winner of the Aggie 100, Winner Inc. Magazine 5000, and recent partner with Daymond John of Shark Tank. (4/9/18)
Leah and John Stephens
, from The Woodlands, discussed how they invented and marketed their "Sound Defense
" dog repellent device that emits an audible sound that keeps aggressive dogs a
safe distance from bicyclists, joggers, and walkers. It can also be used as a personal alarm, bike horn, and distress alarm. They will describe how they went from the idea stage through the prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and marketing stages.
,a local inventor from Richmond, TX, discussed how he invented "The Shower Lily
" ergonomic comfort handle that allows the user to attach a loofah sponge, add soap and water, and wash their back,
submitted it to Edison Nation
, and had it picked up by Bed, Bath & Beyond
in 2013. Shower Lily Edison Nation
Danny is an inventor, entrepreneur, and Engineering Design Technician at Rice University. Now with 2 patents pending he continues
to design and solve problems of the masses while also working full-time with the Engineering undergraduates at Rice,
as well as working with his wife on their health and wellness company, 8twelve LLC
Jason Bailey, an accomplished entrepreneur and inventor, discussed how he invented an accessory in the video gaming industry called GelTabz® www.gamestop.com/accessories/geltabz-performance-thumb-gripz/112740,
which was named “The Best Accessory of the Year” by News Tribune. Jason created, managed and negotiated the complete process from invention to mass distribution and everything in between (invention process, business plan, intellectual property, investor relations, package development, marketing plan, print, online,
and public relations, etc., resulting in more than $1M in sales through 10,000 retail locations globally (GameStop/EB Games, Hollywood Video, and formally CompUSA) in less than 12 months of launch. In another venture, Jason help the largest diaper company in Houston expand their brand penetration and lines of distribution
into the military, college and RV industry by rebranding their website, product packaging, marketing materials, public relations and repositioning the brand to focus on WashEZE’s targeted youth demographic www.WashEZE.com
Another local inventor makes good! - Adriana Born, inventor of the patented AIR CURLER (TM) www.aircurler.com (you may have seen the infomercial), the revolutionary new hair styling attachment
that attaches to a hair dryer and creates soft tangle-free curls in seconds. Adriana told how she came up with the idea, attended a HIA Trade Show where she met a representative of, and received free technical assistance from, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program,SATOP www.spacetechsolutions.com,
perfected a final prototype, created a video for marketing purposes, and appeared on Fox 26 News and Deborah Duncan's Great Day Houston Show.
Adriana's AIR CURLER (TM) is now featured in an "As Seen On TV" infomercial, and is available in most major retailers including Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Walgreens. (10/09/13)
Our friend, Greg Bruce, owner of a fencing company in Galveston, told how he invented his Cardio Air Tubes Air Resistance Exercise System, now known as “Cardio Poles” www.cardiopoles.com, how he received assistance from Edison Nation,
was featured in the season 4 TV series of "Everyday Edisons", debuted his invention on HSN, and his current marketing strategy. (9/11/13)
Geneva Grainger www.uspto.gov/inventors/independent/eye/201302/Spark.jsp is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and South Texas College of Law in Houston, and is a successful inventor and entrepreneur.
She discussed how she successfully developed several innovative products in diverse fields that have been featured on the Today Show, in numerous magazines, and are available in stores across the US. She also has a new website www.thatsgeniusconsulting.com and a book coming soon with inventing and marketing tips. (7/24/13)
Dan Macfarlane, a local professional skateboarder and instructor, who created his own line of "Mentality Skateboards", a bestselling instructional video "Skateboarding Explained",
as well as a mobile app "GoLearn Skateboarding Explained" for Iphones and other mobile devices. Dan discussed how he licensed and commercialized his brand and his products. (9/12/12)
Betsy Kauffman's As Seen On TV Product Ever dreamed of coming up with an "As-Seen-On-TV" infomercial product? Well, Betsy Kaufman, a Houston a freelance television producer, did just that. Betsy told how she came up with the idea for a product called
Eggies, which allows you to boil eggs in a classic hard-boiled shape but without their shell on (you may have seen the infomercial),
how she found a company called Edison Nation, which produces the "Everyday Edisons" TV show, and also publishes "Inventors Digest" magazine, how they developed the product and infomercial,
and how it is going since then (10/12/11)
Sandeep "Sandy" Seth, Patent Attorney specializing in litigation, also an inventor and manufacturer answered questions about patenting, litigating and manufacturing your invention. (11/26/11)
Bill Bragman, Eric Miller, and Steve Raymond discussed how they developed and are successfully marketing their "Original Adjustable Door Hinge"
that replaces the conventional door hinge and allows the level of interior and exterior doors that are not closing or opening correctly because of settling of the foundation or other reasons to be adjusted to hang correctly. No shaving of the doors are necessary. Saves time and money. (1/26/11)
"So You Think You Have An Idea, Now What?", presented by Gerald Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Business Concepts, a product marketing consulting service. Gerald has invented and successfully marketed several products,
the latest of which is the Notebook Prop, and a version for mobile users. He has sold thousands of these via the Internet, trade shows, craft shows, and recently negotiated a deal to place the product nationally into all Army and Air Force Base stores and other retail outlets.
Gerald also owns a marketing consulting business "Smart Business Concepts" (6/22/11)
Jeannette Young discussed her Tree Stake product Tree Stake Solutions, which is a significant cost-effective improvement over conventional
tree stacking methods. The Safety Stake does not have any protruding elements or guy wires, therefore greatly reducing injuries and property liability; produces healthier trees; stabilizes the tree by anchoring the root ball
and doesn't bind the tree; allows the tree to sway, promoting proper root development; creates a custom aesthetic design appearance;
installs in minutes; and does not interfere with mowing. (9/14/11)
Daniel Hashim with the Rice University Smalley Institute, discussed and demonstrated his Nanosponges that soak up oil again and again,
and John Marsh, Director of the nanotechnology department, explained basic nano technology and how nanos can be used commercially.
Linda Marroquin, Co-Founder and CEO of FrogPad Inc. discussED "Multi Touch Displays Using The FrogPad system.
"FrogPad" is a portable one-handed keyboard. It's practical, simple, and intuitive, 20-key text/numeric data entry design uses patented algorithms and ergonomic optimization providing all of the functionality of a standard keyboard.
The full-size keys ensure accuracy, ease of use, and speed for all desktop and mobile computing applications. (6/10/09)
Lisa Box, of Smart Spacing Hangers told how she developed the new, and unique Smart Spacing Hangers and Smart Spacer that allow you to easily keep your closet
or store clean and organized. They allow your hangers to maintain an even and equal space so your clothing can hang wrinkle free and prevent unsightly tangled hangers. (2/25/09)
Steve Machiorlette, of Worth Home Products discussed how they developed and are marketing their innovative recessed light conversion kit that simply screws in like a
light bulb and easily transforms a recessed light into a pendant light. It can save hundreds of dollars on re-wiring, dry wall and painting expenses. The screw-in pendant light is a latest trend for home remodeling and creates
energy-efficient lighting when remodeling. (1/28/09)
"Preventing Stray Current Corrosion In Electric Rail Transit Systems", presented by Jack Gray, of www.graywolfenergy.com Jack's patented system for mounting and insulating the rails of an electric transit system is
vibration and sound-proof as well as capable of substantially eliminating any corrosion resulting from stray or leakage current and enables greatly simplified installation over extended distances. (3/11/09)
Ron Daniels, a Harris County Constable reserve captain, and President of Millennium Lock Co. discussed how he invented, patented and is selling the "The Ultimate Lock", www.theultimatelock.com, a revolutionary door
lock system that is stronger than any other deadbolt door lock. (6/25/08)
Peter Aronstam, Co-founder and President of Adaptive-AC, Inc., discussed their affordable remote control air conditioning grill mounted devices that make air conditioning more efficient. The devices restrict or boost air flow through the duct or vent
to which it is attached and do not require changing the existing ductwork or register boxes for installation. (5/28/08)
James Williams discussed how invented his "Triangle-noes" strategy board game and his marketing endeavors. (4/23/08)
William Baird, of BeeAware, Inc., www.beealert.com discussed his patent pending BeeAlert System, the first nontoxic and environmentally safe spray mist that protects against killer bee attacks. The spray formula kills attacking bees, wasps, and stinging insects on contact and,
unlike other bee and wasp sprays, can be used around adults, children, pets, and plants. The formula attacks the breathing systems of the insects effectively drowning them on contact. The BeeAlert Bee Control System is available in three highly effective spray devices: A Portable Unit, a Tractor Mounted System and an Aerosol Spray. (3/12/08)
Jerry Stoller, of Stoller Group, www.stollerusa.com discussed how his products make things flourish to get the most out of their natural potential. The products developed by his company and its subsidiaries have been able to get as much as a 400 percent crop
increase out of some plants, helping feed populations the world over. (3/26/08)
Michele Hedges of Bella Creature Comforts told how she gave up a 20 year career as a corporate attorney to manufacture and market her innovative "Bella Bed" cave-shaped dog bed that addresses a pet's instinct to burrow and preference for a recessed area for nap time. Her product won the 2007 Pet Product News International Editors' Choice Award and the 2007 Modern Dog Staff Picks Award. (11/14/07)
Gary Cooper, of Chatterbats (www.Chatterbats.com) discussed how he invented and marketed the "Chatterbats" - small plastic replicas of a real baseball bat that create a soft SHUSH sound and serve as spirit enhancers and souvenirs. (10/10/07)
James Carmouche, of Industrial Innovations ™ LLC (www.pullingtools.com) discussed how he developed and marketed his patented "Eradicator" and "Master Extractor" tools that pull and remove poured concrete forms, fence posts, and large poles (such as utility poles) that are embedded in the ground. (4/28/10)
Mike Parker of Web Devices, Inc. discussed some of the niche-specific items they produce which includes everything from chain and rope ladders to protective debris nets, self-retracting lifelines and body harnesses used by workers on hazardous jobs, and the patented "Tool Spider", an elastic tether that attaches on a worker's belt or harness to restrain tools.
Travis Parigi, Founder of Liquid Frameworks told how he developed and is marketing the "Field Pro 2006" software program deployed on a portable tablet PC or laptop that allows field engineers and sales engineers to create quotes and field tickets or invoices on a job site or in the field and electronically integrate it into their existing accounting and invoicing system. (10/1/06)
Janet Bashen,CEO of Bashen Corp. discussed how she developed and patented her "LinkLine" automated, web-based software program that enables employers to centralize and streamline their EEO investigations through paperless communication and electronic case files. The program is being used by Verizon, GM Corp., and many other companies.(9/27/06)
Marilyn Marshall, told how she developed, patented, and is manufacturing and marketing her "Marilyn Light Bags", illuminated totes & handbags containing a light in the interior and a personal alarm system. (9/13/06)
Lowell Fears, of Poly Picket, Inc. discussed his "Poly Picket" fencing made of polypropylene that looks like new cedar for a lifetime. Attaches to a wood or metal frame and can be nailed, screwed, sawed or ripped. (7/26/06)
Allen Humphrey told how he developed and is marketing the "GO-KID"® Quadcoasters 4 wheel personal fitness/mobility push carts and motorized vehicles. (5/24/06)
"How I got My Books Published And On The Market" - Presented by Darlene Carlisle, author of The Carlisle Medical Journal
- An excellent way to keep track of and preserve one's important personal and family medical history, medications, appointments, medical tests, and surgeries/medical procedures. (3/22/06)
Mike Zerkus, of CM Research told how he and Jeff Akers developed and
licensed their Tempguard® devices that record and display the temperature
history of perishable food and other products that require their temperature
to be maintained throughout their shipping cycle. (11/9/05)
Houston dermatologist Dr. Milton Moore, www.mooreunique.com discussed how he developed, patented, and is marketing a full line of 12 skin care products. (9/28/05)
Narmin Parpia, inventor of the Potty Scotty® and Potty Patty® potty training dolls and Potty Training System www.pottytrainingconcepts.com. Narmin's products have been featured on Television and Talk Shows. (9/14/05)
David Seitz, inventor of the SEISCO tankless water heaters, discussed how he developed a complete new level of technology for tankless water heaters that has become recognized as the standard for all tankless water heaters. (8/10/05)
Yamile Jackson, of Zakeez told how she invented and is marketing the innovative "Zaky" infant pillow that is designed to mimic the size, weight, touch and feel of the hand and forearm of the mother. (7/13/05)
"How I created my ankle support athletic shoe", presented by Camellia LuPrete of Lifters Athletic Wear (6/8/05)
Kevin Hester - how he invented and is marketing the "Original Cajun ChickCan ™", the hottest new product in outdoor cooking. It is the wire frame can holder used for making the famous "Drunk Chicken" or "Beer Can Chicken" recipe. Put your beer can (or other canned beverage) inside the ChickCan™ wire frame and put your chicken on top of the ChickCan™ and get the most flavorful, moist chicken ever! (7/28/04)
Rajan Sedalia, Industrial Designer, Illustrator and Inventor www.artjar.com discussed his "Grippster™" ladder safety product that prevents ladders from sliding and skidding on irregular and curved surfaces is currently available in select Home Depots and at Amazon.com and was the winner of Business Week Magazine's Annual Design Awards and IDEA (Industrial Design Excellence Award) for 2001. Raj's inventions, designs and cartoons have appeared on PBS, FOX, WB and featured in Parade, Popular Science and Business Week magazines. (6/9/04)
Dr. Don Rudd, Chief Scientist and Director of Intellectual Property for Regenetech, Inc., the nation's leading adult stem cell research company, will speak on the science of the stem cell research involved in organ regeneration. He will also discuss embryonic and adult stem cells and the legal and health implications of this type of research. (6/28/06)
Steve Jenkins told how he and his father invented and successfully marketed the ingenious Snowmaster Snowscoop™
which has been described as, "the best snow removal invention in years!" for clearing snow from driveways, walkways, patios, and decks. (2/25/04)
Selene Pena www.floratitie.com discussed how they designed and developed the "Flora Carriers"™ that secure floral arrangements during transport or delivery. (11/20/03)
Genevieve Baker discussed how she started her own business and developed "Pipe Wrap", a leak repair kit
for all kinds of pipes, from residential plumbing to oil and gas pipelines, and a variation called "SplashGuard" which is designed to protect offshore oil and gas pipelines from corrosion. (11/12/03)
Gretchen Penny, www.easyexpression.com, told how she created and marketed the Easy Expression™ Bustier, a hands-free breast pumping bra for new mothers. (10/22/03)
Bob Gray discussed his "Suck Bucket™"
The air-evacuating wastebasket that sucks the plastic trash bag liner
against the interior walls and eliminates puffy trash bags.(6/26/02)
Linda Marroquin, discussed how she promoted and raised funds
for the "Frog Pad" one-handed keyboard. (8/11/04)
Winn Eastman, of Kodiak Technologies discussed his successful
Refrigerated Shipping Containers. (2/27/02)
Henry Sullivan of North American Technologies Group, Inc. discussed how they landed a $55M railroad-tie contract for their patented "TieTek" composite railroad ties. (8/13/03)
Johnny Rouse, of Texas Assistive Devices, - how some good ol' boys designed and developed
an award wining wrist adapter and a line of products for the upper extremity amputee and people with hand disabilities, from wrenches and screwdrivers to cup holders and other innovative devices. (9/10/03)
Mr. Henry Elliot and Dr. Dennis Peterson of Peterson Science &
Technology, Austin TX, discussed their "Flaizer® Head"
fully automatic cutting head for lawn trimmers. (7/24/02)
Ken Bancroft discussed "Electric Cars" and how he builds them. (5/23/01)
David Tippetts and Tim Parks discussed their patented ProtekDoor® home security device that prevents
doors from being kicked in by burglars, and their current marketing efforts. (7/25/01)
Steve Kole told the story of how he licensed his "skid steer"
patent to a major manufacturer just before he was going to abandon it. (8/22/01)