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 and Advocacy

Catch the Replays: UIA Inventor Education Series | Fall 2020

Product Licensing: Behind the Scenes

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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.

 

Inside Make48

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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

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Inventor trade shows have shifted to a virtual environment.  These platforms are an excellent opportunity for inventors to showcase their innovative new products. With extensive trade show success experience, UIA team members Cathie Kirik and Deb Hess provide insight and suggestions about how to prepare for a virtual trade show, take advantage of pre-show marketing opportunities, and what to do after the show. 

How to Pitch Your Product

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QVC Host Scott Hynd and executive level retail expert 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

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Pitch to the Experts – Watch inventors pitch their product and receive real-time feedback and advice from decision makers known for helping inventors launch successful products.

Product Pitches | Toy & Game

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UIA Board Member Matt Nuccio and Chicago Toy and Game Founder Mary Couzin will provide toy inventors the opportunity to pitch their toy invention for feedback from industry experts.

Product Pitches | Housewares 

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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

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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

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New Product Developer and Manufacturer Chris Guerrera and Product Developer Carmne Denisco have been very successful in launching Made in America products. Carmine has products made in several countries throughout the world but always looking first to make the products here in the US. They will share their journeys in manufacturing in the USA.

Prototyping and Building Inventory

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Push and Hang Inventor Mike Van Horst and UIA President and Open Innovation Expert Warren Tuttle will discuss how and when is the best time to build that prototype. 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 Warren will also discuss that all important question “how much inventory do you really need?”

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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Industry Access 

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.

Latest News

UIAtv 2.10: Prototyping and Building Inventory

UIAtv 2.10: Prototyping and Building Inventory

Push and Hang Inventor Mike Van Horst and UIA President and Open Innovation Expert Warren Tuttle will discuss how and when is the best time to build that prototype. 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 Warren will also discuss that all important question "how much inventory do you really need?”

UIAtv 2.09: Made in America

UIAtv 2.09: Made in America

New Product Developer and Manufacturer Chris Guerrera and Product Developer Carmne Denisco have been very successful in launching Made in America products. Chris’s products Tidy Hook has achieved mass distribution after his appearance on Shark Tank. They will share their journeys in manufacturing in the USA.