United Inventors Association Educational Series

On April 24, 2009, the United Inventors Association (UIA) will release a ground-breaking educational series covering every stage of the inventing process.  This 10 part series, made up of episodes that are approximately 30 minutes in length, was hosted by Steve Greenberg, the author of Gadget Nation: A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention.  Steve is a multiple Emmy Award winning reporter who over the past few years has focused his reporting on what he calls “the innovation beat.”  In this series Steve interviews a panel of experts in each episode, giving viewers an opportunity to learn from 16 of America’s top invention industry experts who have collectively reviewed and launched hundreds of new products earning millions of dollars in sales.  I was honored to be a part of this series, and appear on episodes 1 and 2, which relate to avoiding scams and understanding patent basics

The 10 part original UIA production was filmed at the Enventys Studios, and is titled “What Every Inventor Needs to Know.”  The series is an insider’s look at achieving success, as well as a cautionary tale on what to expect — and traps to avoid — during the inventor’s journey.  Below is a promotional clip approximately 4 minutes in length to give you an idea about what will be covered.


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The series is intended to provide realistic and valuable information to inventors and entrepreneurs.  Each episode focuses on a particular topic in the idea to market life-cycle, with Steve asking a variety of questions to explore the topic, including:

  • What’s the most common misconception you hear from inventors?
  • What’s the most common mistake you see inventors make?
  • How much does it typically costs?
  • What do you recommend if an inventor says they can’t afford the cost?
  • Can you suggest some good resources if an inventor wants to learn more?

Here is a list of the titles for each episode of the UIA 10 part educational series:

  1. Avoiding Invention Scams, Traps and Raw Deals
  2. Patents, Trademarks, Copyright & Trade Secrets
  3. How can I finance my invention?
  4. Could it sell? Doing Market Research.
  5. Finding (and pitching) a Licensing Deal
  6. Prototyping and Industrial Design
  7. Manufacturing, Sourcing, Logistics & Packaging
  8. Pricing Strategy: Supply & Demand, Cost & Revenue.
  9. Get Ready for Retail: Online, Catalogs, TV & Stores
  10. Push it! Affordable Promotion + PR = Sales

Episode 1, avoiding invention scams, will be made available free to the public beginning April 24, 2009.  The other episodes will be available to members of the UIA.  The UIA is an excellent organization for inventors and entrepreneurs.  To join the UIA, or sign up for the UIA Newsletter, which is free, visit Inventors, Join Now. In addition to getting access to the 10 part series mentioned above, members get access to the directory of Certified Professionals, each of who have gone through a rigorous screening process and fact-checking process to verify they are reputable.  After the completion of the screening process the applications are then voted on by a 5 member Professional Membership Committee.  I am the Chair of that Committee, so if anyone has any questions I would be happy to answer them.  I am proud of the process we have come up with and think it is a valuable contribution to making the inventor community safe.  Members also are allowed to post questions to our forum, asking UIA Certified Professionals questions. 

About the UIA

The United Inventors Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, founded in 1990.  The UIA is a national organization dedicated to inventor education and support. Funded exclusively with the generous support of our Members, the UIA mission is to offer educational information to inventors, as well as Certification to local support groups and invention service providers who comply with rigorous professional and ethical standards.

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5 comments so far.

  • [Avatar for pendorin collins]
    pendorin collins
    May 8, 2011 02:48 pm

    Co-Inventors:

    You are all correct about the company davidson (not worthy of caps). I too, asked this company for help in promoting my innovative idea; they were cleverly interested in pursuing a license for my idea: providing I let them omit part of the original idea, changing the objective. I refused the explanation given, and then I was told, so not to lose any production time-that I should amend only my contract to include the omission. Because this was all so new to me, I was every so dumb…assumed davidson. The research and development team were rude and ,simply put, insulting in their delivery of information. I wasted my money and time…what I learned from this company, “DON’T TRUST THIS COMPANY .” If davidson tells you it’s sunny out, grab your umbrella!

  • [Avatar for Gene Quinn]
    Gene Quinn
    April 13, 2009 09:09 pm

    Bonnie-

    The series will be available for viewing via the Internet. There will not be any printed materials, at least that I am aware of. Each episode is approximately 30 minutes in length. You will have access to the names of those being interviewed, along with their business affiliation, in case you are interested in following up with anyone regarding what they said or otherwise need assistance. I think you are really going to like this series. I was on two panels myself, and I watched a couple of other panels being taped. The information is quite good. We did everything we could to give the straight story about the invention to commercialization process, while at the same time providing encouragement to those who are serious.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    -Gene

  • [Avatar for Bonnie Collins]
    Bonnie Collins
    April 13, 2009 08:30 pm

    I am a member of UIA but can’t seem to find the information regarding the 10 part educational series beginning April 24th. will this be viewed via internet? will the 30 minute seminar be printed?
    thanks for information regarding this.

  • [Avatar for Gene Quinn]
    Gene Quinn
    April 11, 2009 03:56 pm

    W-

    The UIA has a list of some inventor groups around the country. You can access this list at:

    http://www.uiausa.org/Default.aspx?page=81

    Also, Inventors Digest has a list of inventor groups as well. I have a copy of the February 2009 edition of the magazine and in the back is a list of groups. I am not sure if this appears in every issue or not. You can check out Inventors Digest at:

    http://www.inventorsdigest.com/default.aspx

    I hope this helps.

    -Gene

  • [Avatar for W. Babcock]
    W. Babcock
    April 11, 2009 03:19 pm

    I am interested in finding a local group of inventors that I can join. Where would I go to find out if there is an inventors group near where I live? Thanks.

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