I am proud to announce that Quirky is now a corporate sponsor of the UIA, a national 501 C 3 non-profit organization dedicated to inventor education, marketplace access, and advocacy. The UIA was begun in 1993 with strong connections to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Today it boasts a national membership and affiliation with 70 inventor clubs around the country. The website is www.uisusa.org. It’s free for inventors to join.
The UIA has always believed in a strong US patent system, and to this end, has partnered with several other inventor groups and businesses to promote the inventor cause in Washington DC.
This month the UIA is involved in gathering signatures for the attached petition. It will be delivered to Capitol Hill in support of an inventor friendly Director of the USPTO, as well as a thorough review of the current Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) process. The PTAB can review patents after they have actually been issued, a part of the recently passed American Invents Act (AIA) that has proven very challenging for inventors.
In August the UIA will also be well represented at the USPTO’s Invention Con summit on August 11th and 12th in Alexandria, VA. UIA Board member and Pro Bono Patent Commission Chairman Jim Patterson will be speaking on access to the patent system by folks who have a hard time affording the entry and legal fees. I will be there as well, speaking about local inventor clubs and licensing.
On behalf of the UIA, I encourage all Quirky inventors to sign the attached petition and support their local inventor clubs.
President, United Inventors Association