Meetings: 7:00pm - 9:00pm - 2nd Wednesday each month (No meetings in Dec.)
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.
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 membership $50 for first-time members and renewing members will carry you through the rest of this year and all of next year. Sign up at the check in desk, or to
print a mail-in Membership Form Click Here (requires Adobe Acrobat). Fill it out and bring it with you to save time.
Scheduled Speakers and Topics
Wednesday October 9, 2019 7:00-9:00 P.M.,
Danny Blacker, a local inventor from Houston, TX,
will discuss 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 only to be dropped in 2017. Since then, Edison Nation has launched their own
Lily and Gray Living
brand, which will be the new home of theShower Lily.
With a couple of partners, he is now marketing his latest invention, theColorado Capodevice
that fits on the neck of a guitar to shorten the playable length of the strings and raise the tuning by a chosen amount without impeding on the player's hand.
Danny will cover their experience with the from the concept stage to manufacturing. Danny is an inventor, entrepreneur, and Engineering Design Supervisor at Rice University,
and works with his wife, Heather, to help small businesses and inventors to move forward and up.
Wednesday October 16, 2019 7:00-9:00 P.M.,
"Confidential Special Help Meeting" - for paid members only. This meeting is conducted by Mark Peterson
and held in a smaller meeting room with a smaller group of attendees. At this meeting 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, or how to get through a particular hurdle. (You can also pay your membership at this meeting).
Bring us your problem/questions, and we'll try to get you to the next step.
Videos of Past Meetings
We are making videos of 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, download a Membership Form, fill it out, and mail it in.
Then contact email@example.com and request a video. You will also be added to our email list to receive monthly announcements regarding upcoming meetings and topics.
HIA Featured In KPRC Click2 Houston TV News Segment Here is a link to a recent news clip shown on KPRC Click 2 Houston, featuring our own Mark Peterson.
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
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
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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