Meetings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - 2nd Wednesday each month (No meetings in Dec.)
Networking - 6:15 - 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 first time membership $44 will carry you through the end of the year - Renewing members $50. Sign up at the check in desk, or to
print a mail-in Membership Form Click Here (requires Adobe Acrobat)
Scheduled Speakers and Topics
Wednesday August 10, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Mike Watts, a successful local inventor and entrepreneur, will talk about "How I Took 3 Consecutive Inventions to a Million$+ 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.pivotrim.com (frequently seen in As Seen on TV ads), www.rootanchor.com,
and www.lovehandle.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.
Wednesday September 14, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Speaker and Topic To Be Announced
The "Speed Pitch Event" for "As-Seen-On-TV" products planned for September 14, which would be put on by Top Dog Direct,
where they would allow inventors 60 seconds to pitch their product for an opportunity to have them picked up by their company, has been canceled because they will be in
Las Vegas in Sept., and we only had a few products that met their qualifications. Instead, Steve Silbiger of Top Dog has been rescheduled to make a presentation at our October 12 meeting and discuss what their company looks for and their standard submission policy.
If you have an "As-Seen-On-TV" product, we can give you guidelines and help with your product and presentation on our 3RD Wednesday meeting on Aug. 17.
We will also offer help and advice for all types of products. (you can also join the HIA at those meetings).
Wednesday October 12, 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.
If you would like to subscribe to the "Inventors Eye", Click Here
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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