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Welcome to the Nevada Inventors Association (NIA)

Since our founding in 1987 by Don Costar, the organization has gone through several incarnations and changes.  However we have always been: --- Helping the world and innovation, one inventor at a time... okay maybe more than parallel... not series....

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization focused on helping the independent inventor with the Invention Process Steps that are commonly packaged and sold by "for profit inventor service companies".  We understand that many inventors do not have much of a budget or even resources to conceptualize, design, prototype and patent their inventions.  As a group, we can all work together to pool our resources and share our experiences so that we can as individuals achieve more with less.

Our Mission is to be the leading local forum for independent inventors to socialize and acquire education, assistance, and networking in the innovation process.
The organization has monthly meetings open to the public which are listed in the adjacent calendar and on our site.  All activities are guided by officers of the Executive Board and through Committees

New Patent Legislation - There are several new bills before Congress to reform patent law. provides a convenient listing and review of each bill.

Display Your Invention
 - All Northern Nevada Inventors, if you have an invention that has progressed to the prototype stage, we want you to display it in the new NIA Inventors Exhibit at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum.  Please contact us at   

Build your own Prototype
 - There are two non-profit organizations in town that could help; Bridgewire and The Generator.  Watch the The Generator Video to learn about their co-op artist workspace.  

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Calendar - NIA Relevant Events

This Calendar shows both NIA Events and events from other organizations that we feel are useful to inventors
Monthly Meeting 

New Day: 3rd Wednesday of Month
New Time:  5PM - 8PM
New Location: Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
490 South Center St.  Reno, NV

In Addition to the calendar above.  We use to schedule and announce meeting.  Click on the image to reach our page.
Recent Presenters/Tours contributing to NIA