Meetings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - 2nd Wednesday each month (No meetings in Dec.)
We charge a $10 guest fee for visitors which is payable at the check-in desk, and will be credited toward your membership
if you become a member that same evening.
Networking ~ 6:30 - 7:00pm and after the speaker (as time permits).
"Confidential Special Help 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 one-on-one help and advice on the next steps of pursuing their idea, concept or design.
Join Now or Renew Your HIA Membership For 2022
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We are now providing Members with enhanced benefits and access for
2022 for only $50. Benefits include:
-Free access to all On-site and Online Open-door Meetings.
-Free access to videos of past On-site Open-door Meeting speaker presentations.
-Free access to On-site and Online "Confidential Special Help Meetings" where everyone signs a non-disclosure agreement and attendees can discuss their product/concept openly and receive one-
on-one help and advice.
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Scheduled Speakers and Events
Due to the current Omicron situation rather than having a face-to-face meeting at Bayland Community Center, we are making a video of a previous meeting presented by Mark A. Peterson available to our members:
"THE INVENTING PROCESS, LICENSING vs. VENTURING and PURSUING A LICENSE DEAL"
MARK PETERSON, Mark has been in product development for over 30 years in a variety of industries and products and runs the HIA 3rd Wednesday Confidential Special Help meetings where everyone signs a NDA and members can get help on their specific ideas they are developing.
Mark's presentation will focus 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 emphasizes the licensing aspects as most inventors may want to pursue that route.
We are working on a special webpage on the Houston Inventors Assn website to help those inventors that live out of town and/or cannot attend meetings. It will have an image and brief description of all the recorded meetings and
remote zoom meetings that are available with a link that allows them to join or renew their membership and download those they would like to see.
Watch our recorded Zoom Meeting with BOB PAYNE of SATOP presented on June 16, 2021, titled:
"How you can receive up to 40 hours of FREE technical assistance"
Presented by Bob Payne, Program Director, titled " How you can receive up to 40 hours of FREE technical assistance" from the NASA and Educational Community through SATOP (the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program).
This is an excellent FREE resource and has helped many of our HIA members and other local inventors solve technical, design, and material selection, and other technical issues.
Your invention does not have to be high tech or space related to receive assistance. SATOP has helped many small businesses and entrepreneurs with machine design, process engineering, material selection, and many other technical issues.
UNITED INVENTORS ASSOCIATION (UIA) WEEKLY LIVE VIDEO PRESENTATIONS
The UIA is presenting a series of one-hour webinars on their new UIA You Tube TV Channel
Live. The host and featured guests are either UIA Board Members, Ambassadors or Team Members.
Click the following link for a schedule of weekly topics and speakers UIAUSA 2021 Inventor Education Series
If you didn't watch live they are posted on their UIA website www.uiausa.org for future reference.
Videos of Our Past Meetings
We are making videos of our past speakers presentations available upon request for free via email to paid members only, so even if you live too far away to attend our monthly meetings
you can benefit by becoming a member. To become a member, Click the link above to pay online or download a Membership Form
, fill it out, and mail it in.
Then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and request a video. You will also be added to our email list to receive monthly announcements regarding upcoming meetings and topics.
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
Other Local Groups That May Be Of Interest To Inventors
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
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.
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