Welcome to the UIA
About Us: The UIA is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources and opportunities to the independent inventing community, while encouraging honest and ethical business practices among industry service providers.
Our Mission: Empowering Inventors through Education, Access & Advocacy
UIA Inventor Education Series | Fall 2020
Sept 24, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
Make48 CEO Tom Gray and YouTube star and Season 4 Make48 Host Jimmy DiResta share insight into Make48 competitions where teams collaborate to invent a new product (from conception through physical prototype) within 48 hours. It is a valuable resource for anyone and everyone looking to understand the inventing process and innovation challenges faced along the way.
Make the Most of Trade Shows
Oct 1, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
With extensive inventor-centric trade show development experience, UIA team members Cathie Kirik and Deb Hess will provide insight and suggestions about how to prepare for a trade show, take advantage of pre-show marketing opportunities, how to get ready to exhibit, and what to do after the show.
How to Pitch Your Product
Oct 8, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
QVC Host Scott Hynd and New Product Venture Capitalist Dara Trujillo. You have spent countless hours developing, revising, and perfecting your product. Now you’re ready to take it to market, but don’t know what to do next. One of the first steps is figuring out how to pitch your product to potential investors, buyers, and consumers, get the tips from the experts.
UIA Educational Forum at NHS Virtual 2020
Oct 12-14, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
The UIA will host three inventor education sessions in conjunction with the National Hardware Show. Register to attend NHS and listen in for free. Exhibitors at NHS Virtual 2020 are also eligible to take part in the UIA Pitch Panel Sessions.
Contact Cathie Kirik for Pitch Panel opportunities at email@example.com.
- Oct 12 | UIA and US Patent and Trademark Office Combined Education Panel
- Oct 13 | UIA Product Pitch Panel Watch NHS Exhibitors pitch their products to a panel of experts for feedback and advise. Panel: UIA members Warren Tuttle, Michael Miller and Rita Compton
- Oct 14 | UIA Entrepreneur Business Pitch Panel SLC Angel Investing Panel: Dara Trujillo and Sandy Cleary provide an opportunity for new entrepreneurs to pitch their business plan for investment money.
Product Pitches | Toy & Game
Oct 22, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
UIA Board Member Matt Nuccio and Chicago Toy and Game Founder Mary Cousins will provide toy inventors the opportunity to pitch their toy invention for feedback from industry experts.
Product Pitches | Housewares
Oct 29, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
Merchant Media Founder Michael Antino and Hutton and Miller DRTV Infomercial Producer John Miller will provide a pitch opportunity to inventors in the houseware industry.
How to Generate Media Buzz for Your Product
Nov 5, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
NBC Today Show New Product Guru Steve Greenberg and UIA Board Member and Product Developer Trevor Lambert share some insight and helpful tips on how to create that buzz.
Made in America Product Success Stories
Nov 12, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
New Product Developer and Manufacturer Chris Guerrera and Scrub Daddy Creator Aaron Krause have been very successful in launching their Made in America products. Chris’s products Tidy Hook and Aaron’s product Scrub Daddy, have achieved mass distribution after their appearance on Shark Tank. They will share their journey.
Prototyping and Building Inventory
Nov 19, 2020 | 2pm ET / 11am PT
UIA Board Member Carmine Denisco and Sure Hang Inventor Mike Van Horst will discuss how and when is the best time to build that prototype, what type to build and why your product may not need to be prototyped at all. How following the correct sequence to this all-important step can save you not only time and money, but get your product to market sooner. Mike and Carmine will also discuss that all important question “how much inventory do you really need?”
Catch the Replays: UIA Inventor Education Series | Fall 2020
Product Licensing: Behind the Scenes
UIA Board Member Warren Tuttle and former Walmart IP attorney Angela Grayson will share insight on the different types of licensing agreements, what is a typical percentage offered and how do you approach those companies.
How We Help Inventors
Education & Events
Free Inventor Resources. The UIA maintains an Inventor Resource Room with free and helpful documents, articles, and videos all about inventing and product commercialization processes covering how to develop, protect, fund and commercialize ideas. and a listing of upcoming inventor trade shows and events.
UIA Events. We proudly work with trade show organizers to create inventor exhibitor areas at some of the largest trade shows nationwide. Visit our Resource Room for details on upcoming inventor trade shows and events.
Latest News & Updates
Join the UIA to receive our free UIA newsletter for information affecting independent inventors, resource updates, articles from industry leaders and decision-makers, and to be notified of upcoming educational seminars and events – most of which are provided at no cost to our members.
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Professionals & Partners. Through our educational seminars and trade show program, we create opportunities for inventors to network with companies who are actively searching for new products and/or offer services to that can help move an invention forward. We proudly work with trade show organizers to create inventor exhibitor areas at some of the largest trade shows nationwide. Visit Our Resource Room for more information on events.
Fellow Inventors. With the UIA-affiliated inventor clubs across the US, UIA members can meet local innovators who have been through the inventing, patenting, manufacturing and marketing processes. View our list of UIA-affiliated Inventor Clubs to learn more.
Support Our Cause
The United Inventors Association of America is registered as a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization. Contributions to the UIA are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. The UIA’s federal tax identification number is 43-1582960.
How important is it for an inventor to understand what happens on the other side of the negotiating table when trying to license their product? Very!