Houston Inventors Association

"Inventors Helping Inventors"
Since 1983

Mailing Address
15322 East Ritter Circle
Houston, Texas 77071
Phone: (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
    Butch Graham - 281-840-3870
    Al Muller - 281-480-4461
    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. * 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 credit card.

Free for current members, $10 for visitors - Cost for first time membership $44 will carry you through 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 July 13, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Sandeep "Sandy" Seth, Patent Attorney specializing in litigation www.sethlaw.com, also an inventor, entrepreneur, and manufacturer, will discuss and answer questions about "Patenting, Litigating, and Manufacturing Your Invention".

Speed Pitch Event For As-Seen-On-TV Products
We are planning a "Speed Pitch Event" for "As-Seen-On-TV" products on September 14, which will be put on by Top Dog Direct. They will have several judges present and will allow inventors 60 seconds to pitch their product for an opportunity to have them picked up by their company. ...But Wait... For guidelines and help with your product and presentation, come to our 3RD Wednesday meeting on July 20 for members only (you can also join the HIA at that meeting).

Wednesday August 10, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Mike Watts, a successful local inventor and entrepreneur, will talk about Invention Licensing, Marketing, and Manufacturing. He has many success and battle stories that he will share. He formed 3 startup companies (all licensed patents): www.pivotrim.com (frequently advertised in As Seen on TV ads), www.treestakesolutions.com, and www.lovehandle.com.

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).

The "Shark Tank" TV show on ABC 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.

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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Our Five Minutes of Fame (video clips)
Ch. 13 Clip 1
Ch. 13 Clip 2
KHOU TV video segment "Inventors Beware"

Inventors' Digest
The Magazine For Inventors

Info About Us
HIA Officers
Members' Inventions
and Patents For Sale or License
Member Service Providers
Product Scouts -
Companies that are Looking for New Inventions
Tradeshow for Buyers
of New Inventions
Helpful Websites for Inventors
Technical References for Inventors, Engineers, Designers
Books for Inventors
Posters & Prints of Famous Inventions & Inventors
Past Speakers & Topics
How to Start an Inventors Club
How to File A Complaint against an Invention Promoter
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Online Trade Show For Buyers of New Inventions
Manufacturers, retail store buyers, product scouts, investors, direct response television companies, and potential licensees....
Looking for new products?

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...
Online Tradeshow For New Inventions

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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