UIA Pitch Panel: Golf Industry

Tune in for an Invention Hour, set to run on the first day of the PGA (Professional Golf Association) Merchandise Show virtual show on January 26, 2pm ET! Elizabeth Dougherty, Michael Williams and Warren Tuttle, will be our panelists for this event.  The inventors will be given a great opportunity to practice their pitch and receive valuable feedback about their golf related products.

Tuesday, January 26, 2020 at 2 PM ET (11 A.M. PT)
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Beginning Feb. 4, 2021, the next nine episodes for this season will air live on Thursdays.


Meet the Panel

Elizabeth Dougherty serves as the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for theU.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

Ms. Dougherty has more than 25 years of experience working at the USPTO. She served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, she worked closely across the Agency’s leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. She began her career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from The Catholic University of America with a bachelor’s degree in physics. While a patent examiner, Ms. Dougherty went on to obtain her J.D. from The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America and served as a Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Patent Legal Administration for a significant part of her career. Over the years, she has also served in the USPTO’s Office of Petitions, the Office of Innovation Development, and the Office of Government Affairs.

Ms. Dougherty has dedicated much of her career to the USPTO’s outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. In this effort she has developed, implemented, and supervised programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities. Similarly, Ms. Dougherty has spearheaded a number of special projects with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States.

Michael Williams has a reputation as a savvy broadcaster, and as an incisive interviewer and writer. An avid golfer himself, Williams has covered the game of golf and the golf lifestyle including courses, restaurants, travel and sports marketing for publications all over the world. He is currently working with a wide range of outlets in traditional and electronic media, and has produced and hosted “Sticks and Stones” on the Fox Radio network, a critically acclaimed show that combined coverage of the golf world with interviews of the Washington power elite. His work on Newschannel8’s “Capital Golf Weekly” and “SportsTalk” have established him as one of the area’s most trusted sources for golf reporting. Williams has also made numerous radio appearances on “The John Thompson Show,” and a host of other local productions. He is a sought-after speaker and panel moderator, he has recently launched a new partnership with The O Team to create original golf-themed programming and events. Williams is a member of the United States Golf Association and the Golf Writers Association of America.

Warren Tuttle serves on the board of the United Inventors Association Board of Directors. He currently wrapped up his role as the President, a position he held since 2009. The UIA is a national 501C3 non-profit that helps inventors with education, advocacy and marketplace access. He is also a member of both the national non-profit Pro Bono Patent Commission and USPTO National Council on Expanding American Innovation. Professionally, Warren oversees the Open Innovation product programs for several industry leading consumer goods companies including Lifetime Brands in Housewares and Table Top (Farberware, Kitchen Aid and 30 others) and Merchant Media in Direct Response Television (Smart Spin, True Touch and many others). Warren personally interacts via email or phone with thousands of inventors every year and has initiated over 100 new product licensing agreements which have collectively generated over a billion $ in retail sales. Warren recently signed a book deal with world leading publisher Harper Collins for the 2020 release of Inventor Confidential, The Honest Guide to Profitable Innovation.  He lives with his wife Lynn in Southern Connecticut, has three wonderful daughters all educated and working in the New York City area. He enjoys skiing, motorcycling, golf and travel. Please visit his website for more information: www.tuttleinnovation.com

Schedule is subject to change!